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Our 4th annual family-friendly night of conservation & community is almost here.

Katie's Night 2018 - A Night of Conservation & Community.

This year's event is going to be just as amazing as last year and still family friendly. What you will notice different is how much room you have to move around.  Your ticket includes dinner, beer and wine, two guest speakers from Panthera and The Wild Source as well as our silent and live auctions.



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Bryce Mawhinney
KACF Conservation Partner

Right after his graduation in December, Bryce Mawhinney had the unique opportunity to travel to Nepal for a month. Working closely with Dave Johnson and The Katie Adamson Conservation Fund, Bryce had an adventure that few others will ever experience.
Bryce has always had an interest in wildlife conservation, but when he decided to pursue a career in business, he needed a way to reconnect to his passion. Bryce has known Dave for a long time and the organization that Dave created and runs was a great outlet for reconnecting. The Katie Adamson Conservation Fund (KACF) helps empower communities across the globe by way of education and funding. This effort raises the community both economically and educationally which has a trickle-down effect on the local wildlife. Because much of the efforts are focused on people, as a business major, this was of huge interest to Bryce.
Bryce was able to help the fund by transporting and delivering camera trapping equipment to contacts in Kathmandu. With the new equipment, he and Shivish Bhandari, set the traps in hills behind Kathmandu. Many pictures of wild boar, jungle cat, and sambar deer were exciting, but none more so than the photos they captured of leopard. The photos and GPS locations will be used in research of human-leopard conflict due to the close proximity of houses and communities.
During the trip, Bryce was able to meet and reconnect with KACF contacts while traversing the country. The KACF regularly sponsors trips Denver locals can take to different parts of the world. These trips are specifically designed to expose people to rare wildlife and the various communities living nearby. Tourism is a large part of many economies, so visiting the areas helps the people live sustainably.
Near Chitwan National Park, Bryce was able to personally hand over a $2,000 donation to the Chepang community to help with their beehive efforts. Beehives are a unique solution to a couple problems. The Chepang community has had a history of poaching one-horned rhinos to sell their horn. Without many other sources of income, members turn to the dangerous but lucrative activity of poaching. Beehives break that habit by introducing a sustainable and reliable source of income. Due to a low startup costs and easy maintenance, beehives are a great way to sell local honey in a legal and responsible way. The other thing beehives do is help keep away destructive wildlife. Local elephants love crops and of course don’t understand the impact destroyed crops may have on a family. However, elephants don’t like bees, and so beehives placed in a strategic manner can create a “fence” to help naturally keep elephant-human conflict to a minimum.
One of the park guides at Chitwan National Park, Doma Paudel, is President of their local anti-poaching force. Volunteer-based, her organization helps prevent and deter poachers looking to hunt rhino or tigers. As a well-known location for wildlife, most people at Chitwan see the importance of protecting the wildlife to keep the tourism industry strong. Doma has also created an organization that provides funding and aid to victims of human-wildlife conflict. As a victim herself, she recognizes the difficulties following a tragedy and has created this organization to help. Bryce was the first contact from the KACF to meet her in person and was able to pass on a small donation from the KACF as well.

Chitwan National park also has a local National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) office which researches and protects the local wildlife. They use elephants for poaching patrols and research, and Bryce was able to help take care of them. He made elephant “kuchis” which are sandwiches made from grass and rice and helped haul away the very heavy dung. The NTNC is also home to two orphaned rhino calves. One of them named Triveni was separated from his mother during intense floods and was rescued by the NTNC to protect him from tigers and other rhinos. The KACF sends funds to help support the baby rhinos so Bryce was able to capture photos and provide updates back to the state.
With tremendous support and collaboration from the KACF, Bryce was able to have an amazing experience and also give back to the communities on the other side of the globe. This trip has reaffirmed Bryce’s desire to create a career hinged on social and environmental impact by way of business.

Stacy Johnson
KACF Conservation Scholarship

Vulture Culture: Change Your Perspective
By Stacy Johnson
When I first became a zoo keeper, I thought I wanted to work with reptiles and my mind was made up. However, at my first zoo job I worked with a wide variety of animals, and it was Igor the turkey vulture that completely changed my mind and started my long love of vultures. I have been working with a variety of vulture species for my entire zoo career of 16 years.  Due to this, it has always been a dream of mine to be involved in conservation work with them. This past October, The Katie Adamson Conservation Fund helped me accomplish that goal by partnering with VulPro.

VulPro is the leading vulture conservation program in Africa, located in Hartbeespoort, South Africa. VulPro is an education, rehabilitation and conservation center for a variety of birds of prey but specializing in white-backed vulture and cape vulture conservation. Old world vultures are declining at a rapid rate, with most species on the endangered list. Vultures are an amazing species of bird that eat carcasses, cleaning our environment of diseases that can spread to animals and humans. Without vultures, our environment deteriorates which is already being observed in parts of Asia and Africa due to accidental and purposeful poisonings and electrocutions. If it weren't for centers like VulPro, the vulture population would be far worse off than it already is.

I spent 3 weeks with VulPro, doing daily husbandry, observing and enrichment. Some of those daily duties included supplying fresh food to the 2 vulture restaurants run by VulPro. A vulture restaurant is a consistent feeding site for vultures, providing fresh food and clean water, giving them a safe place to eat. One of the most impactful projects I was involved in was doing power line surveys in the Limpopo district. Electrocutions are the leading cause for vulture deaths in South Africa. We walked miles of power lines searching for evidence of vulture deaths. Once found, GPS locations were taken, pictures were taken and the bones were bagged. All of this information would then be written up in a report and sent to the utility company for power line mitigation. After returning from that trip, a young juvenile white-backed vulture was rescued and brought to the center. The cause was power line electrocution. Unfortunately when this happens, the result is broken wings which also means they most likely cannot be returned to the wild. It is incredibly sad to see such a young bird lose out on the opportunity to live wild, however he will have a great permanent home with VulPro and could be a part of their breeding population which then can be released back in to the wild.

This was an amazing opportunity for me to live out a life dream, and to give back to a species that has meant so much to me throughout my career. I am more dedicated to the survival of vultures and am certain that with centers like VulPro, the fight for vulture survivability will be a success.

The Katie Adamson Conservation Fund will continue to support VulPro in the near future. More zoo keepers and veterinary technicians will be sent over for field/ground support. KACF will also be helping to build a much needed on-site hospital. This will be one of the projects supported by Katie's Night on June 3, 2018.

New Chitwan, Nepal Vet Hospital Progress

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 $42,500 toward the construction of this new hospital and are so pleased to see it now under construction.  In 2018 we will be sending several veterinary technicians over to help with the grand opening of the new hospital.


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

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