As well as founding the Ealing Animal Charities Fair, Marion Garnett has also, since 2011, written a weekly Animal Rescue column which is published in the West London local paper, the Gazette. Columns published since January 2019 are now available online here.
If you would like to see any of the columns published before 2019, please contact Marion directly (see Contacts page).
Column 2nd December 2019
With the death of Iman, the Sumatran rhinoceros who died at 5.35pm last Saturday,
the Sumatran rhino has now become extinct in Malaysia. Having been hard hit by poaching
and habitat loss, it is now believed there are less than 100 Sumatran rhinos in existence.
Some estimates put the number as low as 30-
Last weekend, the rapid decline in insect populations was also in the news. Called by some an “insect apocalypse”, recent research shows how the populations of insects around the world are rapidly declining with their absence having devastating consequences for life on the planet particularly in relation to pollination of plants that produce a considerable part of the world’s food supply.
Although such decline is caused by aspects such as deforestation, climate change
and the use of chemicals, it is compounded by an attitude among some people that
not all lives of insects and animals matter. For example, the well-
He points out that, since the programme started in 2002, attitudes have moved on. There is now an increasing need to recognise the vital importance of biodiversity and create a culture of respect for the life of all creatures.
It’s great news that Chris Packham will be attending this year’s Animal Aid Christmas
Festival. If you haven’t visited this amazing event before, you are missing a treat.
Packed with 100 stands selling a huge range of cruelty-
It’s not surprising that written high-
Column 9th December 2019
There’s a herd of elephants gathering at Marble Arch. Each of them has a name and a unique story explaining how they come to be there. One of them, Sattao, was found on March 18, 2017 after the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) received reports of an orphaned baby elephant wandering alone in Tsavo East. After a search, the KWS and the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (SWT) located the elephant and Sattao was flown to the elephant orphanage in Nairobi (in case you’re wondering, it takes 11 people to lift a baby elephant into a plane). He was very thin and had predator bites on his back. There had been poaching in the area and it’s thought that Sattao’s mother was one of the victims. What happens in such situations is that the calf remains with the herd, but as it loses strength due to lack of milk, it can’t keep up.
Created by artists Gillie and Marc, Sattao is part of a sculptural exhibit opened
this week, at Marble Arch, called “The Orphans” featuring 21 life-
Sattao’s Mum is not the only Mum who needed help in order to ensure that, in the face of adversity, their offspring is given the chance of a happy life.
Similar to Sattao, Kirrin was reported to an animal welfare charity as being in need of help. She was spotted in the street, heavily pregnant with nowhere to go. Hounslow Animal Welfare Society came to her aid and, shortly afterwards, Kirrin gave birth to 5 kittens at a vets.
After the kittens were weaned, Kirrin moved to her current foster home on October
9. At only I year old, she is scarcely more than a kitten herself. Kirrin was a
good Mum. Even after her kittens had left her, when her foster carer watched a video
of Kirrin with her kittens, at the sound of their crying, Kirrin came running into
the room looking for them. Kirrin is friendly and loves playing. If you can offer
this petite girl a loving home, see haws-
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