January 16, 2015

Wildlife ACT Wish List: As Suggested by Volunteers & Monitors

At Wildlife ACT we have had the privilege of working with some of the greatest wildlife volunteers. Every year we are surprised at the generosity and general enthusiasm of the people who join us on our various projects in South Africa (Neil and Andrea Miller, Lizzie Hide, Ann Keene, Annette O'Connel and Angela Gidden to name a few).[caption id="attachment_11623" align="aligncenter" width="1600"]

Wildlife ACT Wish List Items 2

A HUGE thank you to returning volunteers Lizzie Hide, Gabi Kirschning, Annette O'Connell and Cath Bamford, who brought Christmas early to two of our camps by bringing all sorts of useful and thoughtful items with them to donate![/caption]Recently our volunteers suggested that we draw up a Wildlife ACT wish list of ‘nice to have’ items for our projects. Stating if they had known what we needed, then they could have brought it with them from home. For that reason we asked for suggestions from our volunteers and wildlife monitors and came up with this wish list.

The Wildlife ACT Wish List:

  • Old books (we love field guides and natural history books, but even novels for our camp ‘libraries’ would be appreciated)
  • Kitchen utensils and cutlery (some of Wildlife ACT’s utensils have seen better days)
  • Mugs and wine glasses
  • Measuring cups/spoons/jugs
  • Tupperware/plastic containers
  • Frying pans
  • Zip-lock bags
  • Filter coffee (volunteers and staff love their coffee but good coffee is an expensive luxury)
  • Coffee plungers
  • Flasks (hot tea and coffee are vital, when your morning starts at 4am)
  • Tools
  • Toolbox
  • Car washing equipment, such as sponges, Chamois, polish, etc.
  • Batteries (AA)
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Rubber bands
  • Rope
  • String
  • Cable ties
  • Duct tape
  • Sellotape
  • SD cards
  • Ink cartridges
  • Reams of paper
  • Photos/pictures/artwork to brighten up our camps

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Wildlife ACT wish list - Donated artwork volunteer Lizzie Hide

Volunteer Lizzie Hide organised for Trio Offset in London to print these images for the Mbhuzane Research Camp in iMfolozi.[/caption]

  • Laptops (If you have recently upgraded and were wondering what to do with your older laptop)
  • Water filtration/purification units (this would help us save on the cost of bottled water)
  • Binoculars (Often our volunteers bring their own but it would be great to have a few pairs for the volunteers who don’t have a pair)
  • Spotlights with red filters

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Wildlife ACT wish list - Volunteer items iMfolozi Lizzie

This was a package of items that volunteer Lizzie Hide brought with her on her last visit.[/caption][caption id="attachment_11624" align="aligncenter" width="1296"]

Wildlife ACT Wish List Items

They just keep giving! More goods donated by Lizzie Hide, Gabi Kirschning, Annette O'Connell and Cath Bamford.[/caption]We are entirely grateful to our volunteers both past and present for their constant support and generosity towards our projects. Whether you have supplied wine glasses for a project, built a cupboard door or removed a spider so a fellow volunteer can shower, you have contributed to the overall Wildlife ACT experience and it means the world to us.Should you have any questions about any of the items on the Wildlife ACT Wish List please contact our volunteer coordinator Bronwen Kelly: