Beyond Balam: Action For Wild Cat Conservation

This is Balam’s mom Phaedra.
A little over one year ago, I began posting pictures and videos of my beloved cats to share them with the world. Thanks to the love and attention of people all across the world, this page has evolved into much more than I could have dreamed possible, giving me a platform to shine a light on the plight of neglected animals in Mexico and tap into the generosity of my fellow animal-lovers and conservationists. Last month I was able to bring two expert veterinary specialists to Mexico who performed sterilisations and examinations.The experience was a huge success and inspired me to continue to work on behalf of endangered and neglected animals worldwide.

That’s why I have been invited to travel to South Africa for the entire month of July to work at Animal Sanctuaries alongside conservationists and wildlife veterinarians. My mission is to raise awareness about the plight of wildcats threatened with facing extinction in addition to offering solutions for their survival.

At Animal Sanctuaries, I will learn first hand from conservation experts just how much is at stake. I will work alongside veterinarians in game reserves to document how and why wildcats are in decline. I will speak to farmers, wildlife rangers, and rehabilitation and rescue centres. I will participate in their important work in any way I can.

I need to raise $7,500 USD to cover my travel costs and expenses. In addition, the money raised here will go to the animal sanctuary where I volunteer to help them pay for veterinary bills and the general upkeep of the animals.

In keeping with the mission of @balam_says, I will use this page to address wildcat conservation and demonstrate how you too can get involved to stop these exquisite animals from disappearing from our planet. I will encourage positive action and use my page for educational purposes. I will offer reports daily from the front lines. In partnership, we can transform this world together.

The UN recently published a very sobering report: 1 million plant and animal species are currently threatened with extinction. ( ). This applies to all African Mammals, in particular wildcats. Now more than ever before, we need to collectively stand up against senseless destruction of our planet and all her animal beings. Please help me continue to help the voiceless.
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Phaedra Barratt 
Miami, FL
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