In case you missed the last newsletter you can click here to read the July 13 issue.
November 2012 fundraiser – Thank you for your support
Late last year, the Karma Cats team held a fundraiser in Brisbane to raise much needed funds to support an amazing group in Sumatra who run patrols to protect tigers (and other animals) from poachers and illegal loggers. The fundraiser was a huge success and a lot of fun. Thank you to everyone who attended and made the night so special. Together, we have made a HUGE difference.
We raised enough money for Debbie and her team in Sumatra to buy two new motorbikes for patrols, put $1,200 towards a van to help carry the rangers and their equipment, two GPS units to help navigation, a couple of small still cameras and a handi-cam. You can see the photos of the flash new bikes, van and the guys playing with the new GPS units (they look like phones but are actually GPS)! With these new bikes, the rangers will be able to cover much larger areas than patrols on foot, so they will make a huge difference… thank you so much.
Pelestarian Harimau Sumatera Kerinci Sebiat Conservation Group
For those of you who couldn’t join us, here is some information on the team in Sumatra we will continue to support. Pelestarian Harimau Sumatera Kerinci Seblat is a conservation group that was founded in 2000. They were created with the goal to detect, prevent and deter tiger poaching activities in and around Kerinci Seblat National Park in Sumatra and to assist the Park in protecting tiger habitat and prey species. The National Park covers approximately 13,000 km2 and is one of the most important tiger habitats in the world and possibly the most important in South East Asia.
There are only approximately 300 – 400 Sumatran Tigers left in the wild and there are more than 166 tigers within Kerinci Seblat National Park itself, and approximately another 40 living in the threatened forests on the park’s borders. This means that about half (206) of all Sumatran Tigers are living in or bordering Kerinci Seblat National Park. The two biggest threats tigers face today are habitat destruction and poaching for their body parts for use in traditional Asian medicines. Poaching is often inhumane with the use of snares and poisoning resulting in agonizing deaths for the animals.
Just in case you missed it in your inbox the latest Karma Club newsletter is available online here.
Councillor David Pahlke publicly supports Karma Cats, the breeding centre for Big Cats opening in Ipswich.
Please click on the link below to read the full article.
On the 28th of July, 2010 Channel Nine News announced Karma Cats coming to Ipswich. Please click on the link below to enjoy the story and visit www.karmacats.org.au to learn more about us.
It came to light that some Ipswich Councilors had not been informed about our project prior to the Mayor announcing his support on Channel 9 News and in a couple of newspaper articles. This raised some queries over Ipswich’s support of the project even though the Mayor had publicly stated his enthusiasm to have the tourist attraction in his area. We have since met with the majority of councillors and concerns have been removed with a number of them extremely excited about the project. The article which simply highlighted a breakdown in communication, can be read below or by clicking on the following link
Click on the link below to read the full article written by the Queensland times 30/07/10 Page 4.
Thank you for joining us at Karma Cats. I am happy to share with you our first blog with the launch of our exciting new website www.karmacats.org.au
We are a not for profit organisation raising funds to construct a big cat breeding centre in Queensland, Australia. Initially we will open with lions, tigers, snow leopards, cheetahs, servals, Australian wildlife and a children’s farmyard petting zoo. Each year we will expand our collection and will not restrict ourselves to just big cats.
All profits realised will be used to run the centre or support conservation initiatives around the world to protect endangered species in the wild. If you would like to read more about big cat conservation, please download our free e-book at www.karmacats.org.au. We will use the sanctuary as a platform to spread the conservation message, educate the public, provide wonderful homes and breeding opportunities for endangered species as well as raise money for conservation. We have a fantastic management team lined up with our three key employees holding over 44 years of big cat breeding and handling experience. Including our board, we hold over 85 years of business and management experience.
To date, Biosecurity Queensland has reviewed our Business Plan and Zoo manual and believe we have identified key aspects, the Mayor of Ipswich City Council would like the project in his area and we have consulted with the Zoo and Aquarium Association in regards to the construction of the breeding centre. Our next step is to secure a suitable site and lodge formal town planning and permit applications with the relevant bodies.
Karma Cats is currently waiting on an approval from the Environmental Department for DGR status (deductible gift recipient status) so anyone wishing to support us financially with a donation, will receive a tax deductable receipt for their generosity. We have passed the first two stages of assessment for DGR status but are still waiting on the ministerial signoff for the approval. With the up-coming election, unfortunately, this is all on hold until the new government has been elected, but we believe we should receive this approval by October / November 2010.
Over the coming months we will be meeting with companies to discuss their interest in a corporate sponsorship. These generous sponsors will receive many benefits for their desire to help endangered species. If you or anyone you know may be interested, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to follow our progress moving forward, please join the Karma Club, an e-newsletter for people interested in big cat conservation. You may register for the Karma Club at www.karmacats.org.au
Again, welcome to Karma Cats, I hope you join us in this exciting journey!
Founder & Managing Director
Karma Cats Ltd