Tikki Hywood Trust
WHO WE ARE: Tikki Hywood Trust (Zimbabwe)
WHY WE NEED YOU: The Tikki Hywood Trust fills a unique niche in conservation of wildlife in Zimbabwe, which is the protection of smaller and lesser known endangered animals such as the Pangolin. We are also 24/7 rescue centre for all Wildlife. We have a multifaceted approach to conservation which entails the following;
- Endangered Species Programs
- Community Outreach
- Education and Awareness
- Environment Protection
- Wildlife Legislation and Enforcement
We are leading experts on Pangolin. From rescue to rehabilitation and release we have handled the most number of Ground Pangolins in the world and we also consult with organisations working with other pangolin species around the world.
We are Founder members of African Pangolin Working Group and Lisa Hywood is a member of the IUCN SSC for Pangolins.
HOW MANY PEOPLE WORK FOR OUR CHARITY:
2 – Founder and Assistant
12 – Pangolin minders
WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES:
- Pangolin Minder $300 / £200
- Support Wildlife Crime Investigator $200 / £133 per month
- Care of a Rescued Pangolin $300 / £200 per month
- Blankets or Towels for rescued animals $10 / £6 each
- Wildlife Awareness gift pack for Rural School Child $15 / £10 each
- Otter Feeding $10 / £6 per day
- Misc Wild Animal Rescues $5 / £3 per day (E.G. Genet, Hedgehog)
- Uniforms for Pangolin Minders $15 / £10 each
- Shoes for Pangolin Minders $30 / £20 each
The Tikki Hywood Trust was founded by Lisa Hywood in 1994, in memory of her late father, Tikki Hywood. We started with a simple process – Rescue, Rehabilitation and release of orphaned, injured and/or displaced wildlife. Through our experiences, we realised that there is a niche that is often overlooked in wildlife conservation – the preservation of species that lack the charisma and appeal of the larger, more publicised rare animals.
The Pangolin has subsequently become the Trust’s flagship species, as it has earned the notorious reputation of being the world’s most trafficked mammal.
Yet unlike the Rhino, Tiger and Elephant, the Pangolin is an animal which most people have not seen or heard about, let alone know that it is on the verge of extinction.
Throughout the history of Zimbabwe, wildlife has been considered one of our most prominent assets. However due to socio-economic upheaval in our recent past, this asset has significantly declined through poaching and illegal wildlife trade and is now viewed more as a commodity rather than a heritage for future generations. The war against illegal wildlife has become a global concern, one in which all countries we believe need to unite and join forces to fight. After multiple wildlife prosecutions ending up in a community service or a meagre fine which had no relevance to the crime committed, we realised that we needed to understand the legal process within Zimbabwe. With this knowledge, we are now working with wildlife stakeholders, law enforcement officers and members of the judiciary in an open communication system giving us the opportunity to address and prosecute crimes against wildlife.