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Message from the President - Wayne Bisbee As I always do, I want to start by thanking those who have been graciously supporting us. All of you have enabled so many great things to get accomplished throughout 2015! This message is particularly fun to write. Normally I do it as the magazine begins production, however, this time I waited until the end to start typing and I’m much more excited because I’ve already seen the close to finished page proofs which I know will fire you up too. These feelings are most likely because of this issue’s topical content where we are highlighting the more “people-centric aspect” of our marquis projects that include the Green Scholarship Education Program in Baja California Sur, Mexico and our Nkwe Conservation Program in South Africa. As you read through these particular articles, you’ll see an additional side to what we’ve presented to you in the past when it comes to our wildlife conservation efforts. These aspects are so very beneficial to many, many people and quite honestly, very fulfilling to me personally. The Green Scholarship Education Program has five students that began their university studies this past September, on their way to receiving marine biology degrees. All of these kids have displayed exemplary academic skills and motivation to succeed, but are from underpriviledged families who had no hope of pursuing a college education. We are proud to have fully funded their tuitions through our Conservation Fund and we want to increase this number of students exponentially in the future. It costs far less than you think to make this happen and we’d love for you to get involved! In Africa, in addition to our Ranger training, we have been hosting families and residents from the local villages near our Nkwe Rhino Sanctuary and anti poaching field ranger training academy with wildlife conservation education events. These are tied into local gatherings, sports events and even church worships. This sort of community outreach is VERY important, as the rhinos’ survival and that of other threatened wildlife is crucial to their way of life. And, in the end, it is ultimately the local people that will make the difference with these problems that have become world-wide concerns. Within, we have introduced a new “Recipient Profile” department where you can get to know an individual whose life has been changed by our Conservation Fund and our great supporters. This issue features Mr. Lucky Mabela from So. Africa. You’ll also come across some information on “planned giving” which is an area of donating that includes many more ways for you to get involved in philanthropy than you may realize. Our BisbeesConservationFund.org website has an entire new section dedicated to this and I invite you to take a look and explore the options for creating your conservation legacy. Visit BisbeesConservationFund.org/PlannedGiving. I want to thank you all again, and I wish you the very best in this exciting 2016 year. Wayne Bisbee President, BF&WCF BISBEE’S CONSERVATION JOURNAL Q1/Q2 • 2016 5


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