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Providing water for wildlife in Laristan wild sheep habitat
Providing water for wildlife in Laristan wild sheep habitat

A report on the PWHF fundraising drive to save thirsty wildlife

Water crisis in Southern Iran has driven the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation since last year to think about community-based water resource management plans in one of Laristan wild sheep habitats in Hormozgan Province. Water shortage has already taken a toll on wildlife, including a number of rare Laristan wild sheep and one Persian leopard. To expedite relief efforts as part of our water resource management activities, PWHF initiated a limited fundraising campaign to “rescue thirsty wildlife.”
We are very happy to announce that we have already reached our goal of raising 400 million Rials (equivalent of $12,400) and the project team has started their activity.

This is a short report of the first assignment to implement water resource management measures:
The project team started their work on 9 July 2015. Considering the extreme heat combined with Ramadan fasting period, the team decided to define priorities and concentrate on the most immediate measures. Infrastructural activities such as building reservoirs and water tanks will get started in couple of weeks . Instead, our team members took upon themselves the urgent task of cleaning sources of the existing springs and dredging mud and vegetation out to create enough drinking space for wildlife. Moreover, our team organized needed tankers to refill existing tanks, and marked sites for the construction of new tanks. We have also taken measurements of the open entrances of existing covered water reservoirs, which had become dangerous traps for thirsty wildlife, to build metal doors and prevent animals from entering and drowning in them. Our team has also managed to repair a number of natural water holes and ponds that due to the low level of water and slipperiness of the side walls had turned into dangerous traps for the wildlife.  Installing an estimated 10 needed water tanks and watering troughs is the next step that we have to take. However, to sustain our water management initiatives we need regular patrolling, repairing and maintaining of water sources and reservoirs. Therefore, the project team has also targeted and talked with suitable local people who would later be employed as rangers.