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    It was a heat New York Metropolis night as our company arrived to affix us on Broadway for Wild Tomorrow Fund’s 2022 Annual Gala at The Edison Ballroom. The night was an evening to have fun the numerous conservation achievements Wild Tomorrow Fund made in 2022 – all because of our supporters world wide!

    As John and Wendy, co-founders of Wild Tomorrow Fund, talked about within the Gala program message, biodiversity world wide is in disaster. The most recent Residing Planet Report revealed a staggering 69% decline in populations of untamed species since 1970. That’s greater than two out of each three wild animals on our planet gone. In simply fifty years.

    However somewhat than despair we should take motion. And 230 individuals did precisely that on Friday evening, elevating a record-breaking $220,000 for Wild Tomorrow Fund and our mission to avoid wasting wildlife by defending and restoring their habitat.

    We had been particularly proud this yr to lift a toast to Wild Tomorrow Fund’s Higher Ukuwela Nature Reserve, which is changing into increasingly ‘wild’ as its ecosystems are restored: we’ve seen the arrival of latest wild-born giraffe calves, many traversing leopards, crocodile hatchlings, vultures, and a whole bunch of chicken species. The subsequent step will see elephant, rhino, lion, cheetah arriving to discover Ukuwela’s flood plain, wetlands, and endangered sand forest after we open up one facet of our hall – a serious milestone we sit up for hopefully celebrating subsequent yr!

    A really particular second of the night was the presentation of the 2022 Umvikeli Protector Award to Dr. Anne Innis Dagg, the world’s first giraffologist, and a trailblazing feminist, who’s an inspiration for all budding zoologists, biologists, and conservationists – significantly ladies in these fields. The award was introduced by Wild Tomorrow Fund’s co-founder Wendy Hapgood, who acknowledges the trail Anne has helped to forge ahead for all ladies in science.

    “Thanks very a lot for presenting me with this excellent award,” stated Dr. Ann Dagg. “I’m very proud to be the primary lady to obtain the Umvikeli Award. All my life I’ve tried my greatest to be a protector of giraffe by means of schooling, analysis, and advocacy. I’m right here with you in the present day, simply shy of my ninetieth birthday, to point out that I’ll by no means surrender on my beloved giraffe. 

    I believe it’s implausible that the Wild Tomorrow Fund has a concentrate on habitat conservation so that each one creatures within the ecosystem have an opportunity to outlive and thrive. I wish to thank everybody for his or her contribution in merely attending this considerate occasion. I wish to thank Wendy and John and their Board of Administrators who’re doing all of the work behind the scenes.   

    It has at all times been my dream to have a spot the place giraffe are protected to roam freely. Along with your assist, we will make that dream come true.”

    Our company gave Dr. Anne Dagg a full standing ovation – congratulations Dr. Anne Innis Dagg!