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Our mission is to help empower the people of our planet to work together to save our remaining ecosystems and all of the creatures they contain.
 
This year is going to be amazing and family friendly!
Enjoy a comedy show, guest speaker, food stations, our legendary silent and live auctions, and learn of our latest updates and endeavors in the conservation world.

Katie's Night 2017 is fast upon us this summer.  We already have a date and venue chosen for this year and our tour of the Denver social scene continues!  Mark your calendars for Tuesday night, August 29th.  From 5:00-9:00 p.m. at the Comedy Works Landmark down in the DTC. 

This year, KACF is flying out a guest lecturer from the World Wildlife Fund Nepal Team.

Mr. Shubash Lohani - Deputy Director for the Eastern Himalaya Ecoregion program - will be speaking on all of our wonderful conservation partnerships.  He will catch us up on the wildlife vet hospital construction, tiger population increases, and the very successful rhino translocation.  All of these have been highlights of our work over the last eight years. Dr. Lohani is our headliner this year, and we look forward to hosting him here in Denver.
 

Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald is going to do the opening comedy with his conservation DVDs and funny stories of his global travels working on Animal Planet and as a veterinarian.  He has been teaming up with us since we started this event back in 2001.

The usual live and silent auction will take place to raise funds for our work around the planet and will include paintings and other animal art, photography, Broncos game tickets, vacation destinations, and conservation packages.  Donated beer and wine will be available to guests 21+ free of charge.  Other bar options will be available along with food stations and even a hypnotist. 

We are pleased to welcome families and kids to our all-ages event this summer!
 
Please join us for the fun and be a part of the conservation and community of the Katie Adamson Conservation Fund's 2017 annual Katie's Night!
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Stacy Johnson

KACF Support for Penguin and Vulture Conservation

 
To support penguin conservation, Stacy Johnson was sent to South Africa to work with African Penguins on the Chick Bolstering Project with SANCCOB (South African Foundation for Conservation of Coastal Birds).

Here is an excerpt of what Stacy had to say about her experience:

"Being a part of something bigger than myself and being a part of a successful project still in need of help is something that will be in my heart for the rest of my life.  It has changed me, and the need to do more is a driving force that fuels me every day, both at work and in my personal life. If we all made small changes, working together, it will have a huge impact on our world tomorrow!"


Stacy will continue her conservation dreams this October and will once again return to South Africa, but this time to work with one of the most important animals to our ecosystem...vultures!  She has worked with 7 out of the 23 vultures species.  In fact, it was a turkey vulture at her first zoo job 15 years ago that inspired her interest in birds.
 
Vultures have amazing adaptations and it is those very adaptations that they make their greatest contribution to our health!  Vultures rid our environment of diseases, including botulism, cholera and anthrax. Without vultures, other animals such as feral dogs take over, spreading disease not only among themselves but to people.  This has happened in India where rabies is rampant among the human population.  Other diseases are spreading into the soil and waterways.
 
In other parts of the world, such as Africa, vultures are being intentionally poisoned.  A lot of this is to hide poaching of elephants and rhinos.  When a single carcass is poisoned, 150 vultures can be killed at once.  Vultures breed very slowly and when they do breed, they usually only lay one egg at a time.  The African vultures are in crisis.  It is believed that 98% of the vulture population has been decimated, most being placed on the endangered to critically endangered list.
 
To help in this effort, KACF and Stacy are joining forces with VulPro.  There, vultures and other birds of prey that are injured or ill will be rehabilitated and released back to the wild.  Those that cannot be released join the captive breeding population to then release their offspring.  Stacy will work with VulPro for approximately 3 weeks.


 

Lindy Gates

KACF Conservation Scholarship Recipient

 
I've had the opportunity to travel to Nepal four times over the last four years with Team Nepalorado and the Katie Adamson Conservation Fund.

Each time, I gained a deeper understanding about the culture and wildlife, and how Nepal has tied those two aspects together to become an example to the world of how it is possible to protect wildlife while simultaneously improving lives of its citizens.  I was inspired to see how our efforts through the KACF contribute to Nepal’s bigger picture of creating a conservation-focused future.


Traveling to Nepal has taught me:
  • You cannot find a better country than one with rhinos AND lychees.
  • Random dance parties can occur at anytime and anywhere. Always be prepared.
  • It is possible to fit 20+ people in a 12-person minivan.
  • You can carry almost anything on a motorbike including groceries, boxes, a 12-foot ladder (vertically nonetheless), your entire family, or a full grown goat.
  • Finally, this Himalayan country is a leader in conservation by articulating solutions for humans, flora, and fauna to coexist.
I have learned how conservation can infiltrate every part of our life if we allow it.  Conservation can be sharing stories and laughs over a drink or saving an endangered species from the brink of extinction.  It can empower people to be better versions of their former selves or simply by dancing under the stars with friends who don’t even speak the same language.  Conservation is watching a mother rhino and her calf peacefully cross the river at dusk, knowing you have played a small part in protecting their lives.

Ultimately, conservation is about creating a global community with the same goal in mind: to leave this planet better than it was when we were born into it.

I am grateful and inspired for all that the KACF has accomplished so far and give a special thanks to the Frank & Marla Freymuth Conservation Scholarship, the KACF, Team Nepalorado, our community, Ray, and of course Dave, for the endless support that has gotten me this far.

Anton Morrison -  Trip of a Lifetime

KACF Conservation Scholarship Recipient

 

Namaste!  I don’t have words to express how grateful I am to Katie Adamson Conservation Fund, the Frank & Marla Freymuth Conservation scholarship, and Dave Johnson for such an amazing opportunity!

Last November, I had the privilege to travel, learn, and grow in Nepal.  This journey changed me in more ways than I can describe.  The kindness of the people, the sight of the Himalayas, the wildlife of my dreams, and the overall magic that is Nepal have brought a sense of freedom that I have never felt in my entire life.

The People of Nepal protect what they love and I have been inspired to do just that.

Though rhinos hold a special place in my heart, I hope to continue working with KACF to protect a group of birds that does not always get the same amount of attention - vultures.

Nepal is home to nine species of vultures that have endured a drastic decline in their populations since the 1980s due to the drug Diclofenac that was used as an anti-inflammatory in livestock.  The drug is fatal when ingested by vultures and has killed more than 90% of the population of three species currently listed as critically endangered.

Diclofenac was banned in the mid-2000s and organizations like the National Trust for Nature Conservation, with whom KACF works closely with, are hopeful that populations can now recover.

While visiting the Vulture Breeding Center in Chitwan National Park, our group was lucky to peek at some of the captive White-rumped vultures, one of the critically endangered vulture species being cared for by the NTNC.  There is optimism that some of these vultures may be released into the wild soon.  I hope to return in the near future to help out in any way I can with the recovery of vulture populations!

I can’t say thank you enough to everyone from Team Nepalorado.  They became another family to me.  A special thanks to Dave, Chuck and Ray.   Dhan'yavād!

New Vet Hospital Breaks Ground in Nepal

 
With a wild population at only 3400 animals, Greater One-horned Rhinos are critically endangered. Every year we encounter orphaned animals that we help care for.

Donations to the Katie Adamson Conservation Fund go toward medications, food, care and transportation of animals.  One of our major initiatives is to help fund a new state of the art veterinary wildlife hospital and rhino orphanage on the grounds of the NTNC (National Trust for Nature Conservation) on the border of Chitwan National Park.  Hopefully now, these orphaned babies can be rehabilitated and safely returned to the wild.

Since 2012 we have donated over $35,000 toward the construction of this new hospital and are so pleased to see it now under construction.

The Honey Bee Project

 
Elephants hate bees!  By placing bee hives between human settlements and elephants, we can naturally mitigate human-elephant conflict while also creating a sustainable honey product that the local community can sell.  This is critical in helping to support them financially by turning poachers into protectors.

We are currently gathering information from our research partner in Africa to help us determine the best species of bee to use.  A construction cost analysis is currently under way.  KACF would like to thank Gabe Kibe, Shaina Aguilar and Sam Murray for their assistance in getting this project started.  More on all of them in the next newsletter.

The Honey Bee Project is expected to be greatly expanded in 2017.

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro for Rhinos and our Tanzania Soccer Partnership

 


Dave Johnson's desire to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for rhino conservation is what landed he and 20 concerned animal lovers at the Mkomazi National Park in Tanzania, Africa.  Together they raised $10,000 for rhinos and orphaned elephants.  Mkomazi is currently flying zoo rhinos back to their native homes in Africa.

In the same trip, Dave also traveled to the Serengeti where he met with and forged an unlikely partnership in rhino conservation - involving local youth and former poachers in soccer.  The KACF has sponsored this local soccer tournament, and our team won the cup last year.   We will be returning to for a third trip in July of 2018 to help our partners protect their pachyderm populations.

The Zoodiac Zone

Coming in our next newsletter!
 
We'll tell you all about our ongoing presentations and talks at schools and businesses all around Colorado and several other states. 

Watch the Zoodiac Zone for information about RHINO WARRIORS...and if you can't wait,
click here to learn about it now.




 
From our Zookiac Kids conservation book.
If JUNE is your birth month then the PENGUIN is your endangered Zoodiac totem animal to help protect.



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