Jackals, the cleaners of Pelican Point

Jackals are not endangered in Namibia and are regularly seen on farms, lodges, Etosha and even in our Namib desert. They are known to be opportunistic feeders, which means they will eat anything they can find. Whether it be fruits, plants, mammals or even birds. 

Where is the strangest place to find jackals?

Perhaps the strangest of places to find jackals is at Pelican Point in Walvis Bay and along the Skeleton Coast, because Pelican Point is a long stretch Peninsula that is surrounded by the ocean and Skeleton Coast is where the Desert and the ocean meet so there is little water for the jackals to drink at either of these places. These jackals have adapted to drink less water than usual, because they get some of their water from the meat that they eat.

Jackals are a very important part of the ecosystem at Pelican Point and along the Skeleton Coast, because they eat the dead seals and birds, which makes them natural cleaners, preventing the spread of disease and keeping the environment relatively clean. If they become too friendly with humans, and start eating human food, either by going through bins in towns or being fed by us, they will no longer do this important cleaning job. This could make the spread of disease higher and the seal colonies will be even stinkier with rotting meat laying around. 

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National Clean up campaign

Background

The Environment is the most important resource for life and a clean environment is essential for healthy living. It helps make the world a beautiful place for one, and it makes individuals healthier when the environment around them is healthy. Our environment is responsible for plants, animals, food chains, water and much more. Therefore, we should keep our environment clean.

The Ministry of Environment and Tourism is coordinating this year’s National Clean Up and Anti-littering Campaign. On the 2ndof April, 2019, Honorable Pohamba Shifeta officially announced and declared the 21st of September 2019 as the designated date  for this year’s National Clean-up Day. It is expectected that all Namibian citizens in all the regions should work hand in hand with their Local Authorities to come up with activities in preparation for this important day. The chosen date happens to be the World Clean Up Day and so it will be good to see Namibia stand out from this day onwards for the good of our health and as well as the environment. 

The Clean Up and Anti-littering Campaign is aimed at changing the public behaviours (mindsets) of all citizens on matters related to littering, general hygiene and proper waste disposal management (Reducing, Re-using and Recycling). The Ministry’s objective for this campaign is to see a society where all citizens will become sensitive and mindful of littering and adopt best waste management practices through reducing,-re-using and recycling.

New Trash Tag School Challenge

In cohesion with the “National Clean up day”set up for the 21th of September and in order to create environmental awareness within the kids in Namibia; TOSCO Trust and PAKO Kids Magazine in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and Recycle Namibia Forum have teamed up to bring a new challenge called; the “before and after challenge” for all schools around Namibia. 

The objective will be to encourage kids to get outside their schools between Monday 16th to 21th of September and help to clean up their surroundings. They will need to post pictures before and after the challenges with the hash tags #Trash Tag  #Thefutureisnow #Namibiacleanup2019

The winning school will win a monetary price sponsored by First National Bank of Namibia (FNB) and others organizations and the participating learners will win a trip to an educational centre.  

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Fundraising campaign for the Namibian Dolphin Project

The Namibian Dolphin Project

It is a research and conservation project run by the Sea Search Research and Conservation NPO and conducting work throughout Namibia. Since 2008, its mission has been to doresearch on whales and dolphins in Namibian waters with the aim of generating high quality data that is useful to both science and management. 

 

NDP Partners

The NDP works closely with other local NGO’s, the marine tourism industry and the Namibian government and through their Community Outreach Programme.  NDP also works with schools and communities to create awareness on the Namibia’s rich and unique marine wildlife and to bring the oceans to the people. 

TOSCO Trust Input

For the past few years, TOSCO Trust has been supporting this amazing project and in 2018 N$ 20 000 were sponsored for the Marine Environmental Office, which serves to receive visitors and students from local schools and universities. 

Fundraising for the NDP’s new vehicle.

This year, TOSCO Trust wishes to support the NamibianDolphin Project to buy their new vehicle which is absolutely necessary for them to keep doing the excellent job they are doing. 

In this regard, TOSCO Trust is hosting a fundraising campaign, in which we already participated with a donation of N$10 000. We invite all of you to partake in supporting this good case and support it by whatever amount you can to participate with so that this great project can continue with the project efficiently and effectively.    

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Conservation Workshop; Introduction to growing food and trees

As we become more environmentally conscious and take responsibility of the effect we have on the environment, we also realize that we have a deep responsibility toward nature, our collective planet, and future generations to come. That’s one of the reason TOSCO Trust is developing these “Conservation Workshops“. In this opportunity, we bring to our community, a very special workshop. Introduction to growing food and trees in partnership with Eloolo Permaculture Initiative

Date: Saturday 07 of September 2019

Time: From 8h30 to 13h00

Place: Dagbreek SchoolJohn Ludwig &, Hebenstreit Street, Windhoek

Price: 500NAD

Book in advance: admin@tosco.org

Course content:

Intro – What is Permaculture and why in context with growing food and trees.
Growing food – Namibia specific and dryland basics Practical – getting your hands dirty!

This workshop guarantee funds to the organization, for them to continue with the great job they are doing and at the same time, grants support training with a strong hands-on learning component that will help you to understand Eloolo Permaculture Initiative better.

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The Conservation Workshop – PEACE Project

Hosted during the 24th to the 29th of June 2019.

Tourism is a multidisciplinary industry and therefore involves many different stakeholders for its operational activities. Among them the tourist guides play a major role since tourists need to have a clear picture of the country and its offerings, laws, rules and regulations and  expected behaviours. Moreover, guides should have the ability to transform the tourist visit into an unforgettable experience. 

With this workshop we aim to create a network of well-trained guides aware of the importance of responsible tourism in Namibia. Furthermore, they need to be aware that their behaviour towards the elephants can have long-term effects on their conservation.

TOSCO Team participated in the Conservation Workshop – PEACE Project hosted by Elephant Human Relations Aid (EHRA) during the 24th to the 29th of June 2019 at EHRA base camp, on the Ugab River.

EHRA base camp, at the Ugab River.

A tailor made program

It was a workshop tailor-made for the tourism industry, especially for tour guides. The workshop had 9 participants from different backgrounds: freelance tour guides, guides from Tour Operators and guides from lodges and campsites, all ready to learn more about   Loxodonta africana africana

Camp Kipwe, Mowani Mountain Camp and freelancers.
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Tourism Expo 2019

Tourism Supporting Conservation (TOSCO Trust) would like to invite you to join us for the Namibia Tourism Expo 2019 at the WINDHOEK SHOWGROUNDS – MOPANE HALL from Wednesday 5th to the 8th of June. This year the theme is Recycling, Think Sustainability. For more information click here

TOSCO Trust has decided to be up to the challenge in the name of tourism industry and make a difference for the good of the Namibian’s natural resources and its people.​ This year TOSCO Trust will be sharing the stand NºM21 with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), Namibian Association of CBNRM Support Organisations (NACSO), Community Conservation Fund of Namibia (CCFN) and Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC) in aim to promote responsible tourism in Namibia with our own theme: “Conserving by travelling responsibly”

Namibian Tourism Expo 2019
TOSCO Trust invitation
Namibian Tourism Expo 2019

Activities

There will be some interesting activities taking place, such as the launch of the “Conservancy Tourism” website from NACSO together with MET. Conservancy Representatives from Kunene region will be sharing their history and craft work with the visitors and marketing their lodges at their conservancies. The “Spin the wheel” game, where people can share their story about Responsible travel in Namibia with us and stand a chance to win beautiful gifts such as; recycle water bottles, buffs, free National park visit day, SunCycle town rides, Namibian natural oils and many more.

People can also pre-share their story on social media via #mystory and #myresponsibletravel. Each person that shares a story does not only stand a chance to spin the wheel but will partake in the grand draw price where all participants name will be placed in a box and the lucky winner will get a ticket to a lodge Namibia Wildlife Resort (NWR) for 2 people sponsored by MET valid until end of December.  The draw will take place on the 8thof June.

Come and let’s share ideas on how can the tourism industry become more responsible toward Namibian natural resources. Besides, the Namibia Tourism Expo has earned a superb reputation for offering the only centralized marketing platform for Namibia’s Tourism Industry. 

We are looking forward to seeing you.

TOSCO Team

Conservation Workshop #3 Introduction of the Namibian’s snakes

The course to be hosted by TOSCO Trust will deal with key identification characteristics, biology, myths and first aid of Namibia’s most common snakes. 

The workshop is an opportunity for the general public to learn more about these fascinating reptiles that often come into conflict with humans. 

At TOSCO Trust, we believe that only knowledge can transform fear into understanding and respect. With this type of workshop, we aim to create awareness among the public and at sharing information and experiences in order to reduce the human/snakes conflicts.

TOSCO Trust Conservation Workshop #3

Speakers:

Stéphane LAGNEAU; SCAN member and freelance tour guide in Namibia.

Félix VALLAT; TOSCO Trust chairman and SCAN member 

When & Where?

Thursday 20thof June 2019 

Time: 09h-16h00 (lunch break from 12h00 to 13h30) 

19 Lossen St. Conservancy building – Windhoek Namibia. TOSCO Trust office. 

NACSO boardroom.

Who can attend?

Anybody over the age of 18 who has a keen interest in learning more about snakes in Namibia. 

Terms and conditions of  the Namibian Snakes Workshop

A minimum of 8 participants is necessary for the course to run.

Book now until 14thof June 

Email: com@tosco.orgor awareness@tosco.org

Price does not include meals. 

Water, coffee and tea will be served.  

Are you a 2019 TOSCO Trust Leopard or Lion member?

If your company is a Leopard or Lion member, TOSCO Trust could sponsor the full cost of the workshop for 1 of your team members.  Contact us for more information.

T&Cs apply

Stories that inspire: Pako Kids Magazine

Environmental and animal education connects us to the world around us, teaching us about both nature and environment. Environmental and animal education raises awareness of issues impacting the environment upon which we all depend, as well as actions we can take to improve and sustain it.

Whether we bring nature into the classroom, take students outside to learn, or find impromptu teachable moments on a nature walk with our families, environmental and animal education has many benefits for youth, educators, schools, and communities. As part of TOSCO Trust Awareness program, we had partnership with PAKO Kids Magazine to help create awareness through the writing of environmental education articles that will be shared around all of Namibia. At the same time we made a call for contribution between our partners and members.

Meet Petra Scheuermann,

A Namibian citizen, that was so passionate about changing the world for animals and nature that she created a magazine for Kids. Mother of 2 daughters, one of 10 and another one 12 years old. “My green peace kids” that’s what she calls them.

Petra Scheuermann

Eight years ago, she had an idea to develop a learning tool for kids teaching them about animals and nature. That’s how PAKO Kids Magazine came to life. Since then, her 2 daughters are living the whole experience with PAKO Magazine.

What is PAKO Magazine for Kids?

PAKO Kids Magazine is a Namibian Magazine that combines information, games, poster, experiments etc. – to teach children about animals and nature while having fun.

On October 2011, I started the PAKO Kids Magazine where I try to educate kids about pets handling and to wake their interest for animals and nature/environment.

PAKO Kids Magazine offers parents and teachers an easy way to extend their child’s learning and activity opportunities beyond the classroom.

How PAKO Kids Magazine starts?

The whole idea to create a Magazine for kids started 8 years ago. We realized how many things could be avoided if people know better. At first I was involved with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) putting some flyers together to inform people in general. It’s painful to see what people do to animals because of their lack of knowledge.

There were so many things to talk about, that I thought it would be a great idea to create a magazine for kids. And 8 years later, here am I, teaching kids about animals and nature.

What do you want to achieve with this magazine?

There are some many kids in Namibia that didn’t grow up with animals, they don’t have pets (dogs or cats etc.), and so they don’t know how to behave around these animals.  For some of them, pets are just some objects.

So, I want to teach them how to take care of animals and nature, I want to tell them, that animals have feeling and we can live all together.

Our mission is simple – help children learn about animals and nature and develop caring and understanding relationships.

Protection through education is our motto.

How many people are involved in this project and where did the idea to write down the articles come from?

For the moment it’s just me. I have some partners that help me with some articles, like Africat, Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF), few other rescue organisations and soon Tourism Supporting Conservation (TOSCO Trust); but most of the work done by just me.

Regarding where the ideas are coming from to develop the articles, I gather some info from the web to develop the articles, or many of times when I’m visiting the schools the kids have questions and from that I get ideas on what articles to develop next.

Sometimes parents are asking me about where to take a sick or injured bird, dog therapy, horse therapy and much more, so that give me more ideas.

How many magazines per edition have you printed out? And which schools are currently beneficiating with PAKO Kids Magazine?

We have 6 editions per year and we print out around 4000 / 5000 magazines per edition.

We have around 17 schools that are beneficiaries from our Magazine;

  • Grootfontein: Wilhelm Nortier Primary School / Tel: 067 – 243 035
  • Kamanjab: Grootberg Primary School / Tel: 067 – 330 001
  • Okahandja: J.G. van der Wath Secondary School / Tel: 062 – 501 491
  • Otjiwarongo:Privatschule Otjiwarongo, Perivoli Okonjima Country School
  • Swakopmund: Mondesa Youth Opportunity
  • Windhoek: DHPS, Dagbreek School, Delta School Windhoek (Primary), Holy Cross Convent School, Emma Hoogenhout Primary School, Dagbreek School, Mammadu, St. George‘s Diocesan School, St. Paul‘s College, Waldorf School Windhoek, Windhoek Afrikaanse Privaatskool, Windhoek Gymnasium                 

We do however have a quite long list asking for magazine but currently we don’t have funds to provide them with magazines. That’s why we are trying to get more sponsors so we could deliver magazine to these schools.

Could you please tell us a little be more about  “Sponsor a School” ?

Yes, of course. This is a program where anybody can participate on. If people want to support us, they can give 100NAD per year to sponsor underprivileged children. For only N$ 100.00 a year, one more child will get all 6 issues of one year for free

For sponsorships of N$ 1000.00 per issue – the logo of the company or name of the person that support PAKO will be printed on the backside of the magazine.

How can people participate to this project?

First at all we are looking for more sponsors; companies, individuals, anybody that want to support our mission: help children learn about animals and nature and develop caring and understanding relationships.

The other way someone can be involved with PAKO is to go out to the schools and to talk to them about what we do, about SPCA for example. 

It doesn’t help if I’m just doing the magazine and just sending out; we need to approach more to the kids.

If someone wants to participate they can contact me thought: pako@africaonline.com.na

Protecting animals and nature through education

When did you first fall in love with animals? And could you please give some advice to readers regarding their animals

I fall in love with animals since I was born. As long I can remember I love them. I grow up with animals, so I learned from the very beginning to love and respect them.

My advice for the readers is; make sure your animals have food, some water, some shade during summer, and a warm place in winter and medical care if needed. Sometimes, people don’t realize that animals are also getting hot in summer and they are frizzing on winter – so, please just take care of your animals; they can teach you and your kids so many things.

If you have to describe your experience with PAKO Kids Magazine in just one phrase, what would you say?

The best phrase that I heard from a kid was; “My heart just turn around when I start reading PAKO” – for me that was amazing.

Could you please describe in just one word the feeling of this project?

Exciting – When I’m at the old age home, I will know that I tried to change something, some small thing in this society for animals and nature.

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Written by Daniel Zambrano