Daniela Schrudde, Project Director WTG, hands over the keys of the new rescue vehicle to Monique Pool
Daniela Schrudde, Project Director WTG, hands over the keys of the new rescue vehicle to Monique Pool

The German Foundation Welttierschutzgesellschaft (WTG) and Green Heritage Fund Suriname (GHFS) have entered into an agreement to work together to help protect Surinamese wildlife, in particular sloths and anteaters. During a visit by Project Director Daniela Schrudde in the past week the German foundation handed over a special rescue vehicle to transport the animals that are rescued by the GHFS. This vehicle is especially equipped to transport large numbers of animals in a safe and secure manner, as well as provide immediate care in case of need. WTG not only provides GHFS with material support, but also with immaterial support to ensure the welfare and well-being of the animals. “We are very happy to be working with WTG, and to find sustainable support to relieve some of the needs of our animals,” Monique Pool, Director of GHFS stated.

SUPPORT FOR AWARENESS-RAISING

For the German WTG, raising awareness and providing information is a key to shaping the future for wildlife and the improvement of the well-being of animals. And that is precisely where the two organizations found common ground as GHFS has been very active over the past years in raising awareness about ecological issues among locals. For both organizations this is crucial if we want to be successful in the long term. Therefore, WTG supports educational programs and promoting educational activities. In the course of school visits and information events and through the use of flyers and posters the GHFS’s staff provides information about the responsible use of natural resources and the direct impact on local wildlife. Educating the public about the fact that wild animals belong in the wild and are not fit for a life as pets is another central aspect of GHFS’ educational work.

More than 90 percent of Suriname is still covered by untouched rainforest. However, threats to the South American country’s fauna are still looming. Due to increased deforestation in the urban areas the natural habitat of numerous wild animals is destroyed and increasingly, wild animals are found disoriented and injured in the rapidly developing coastal plain. Welttierschutzgesellschaft (WTG) supports Suriname’s first and so far only wildlife protection centre for the rescue, care and release of wild animals. Together with our partner organisation WTG, Green Heritage Fund Suriname (GHFS) feels supported on behalf of the wild animals in need.

WTG Project Director Schrudde watches while an animal of which the fingers were cut off tries to get a grip
WTG Project Director Schrudde watches while an animal of which the fingers were cut off tries to get a grip

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