Friday 15 December 2017

Beth is on a mission to save the elephants

By David tucker

Beth Kavanagh.
Beth Kavanagh.

A COOLREE woman has become the only Irish student chosen to take part in a summer project aimed at helping to preserve the habitat of the dwindling numbers of elephants in the wild.

Beth Kavanagh, the 21-year-old daughter of Pat and Mary Kavanagh, will join other researchers from the USA and England on the study which will take place at Pongola Game Reserve on Pongolapoort Dam (Lake Jozini) in northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The game reserve is 450km (280 miles) from Johannesburg.

The very existence of the African elephant is under continuous threat from poachers and local landowners. Armed guards patrol the reserve but the lure of big money from the sale of elephant tusks is a constant enticement for poachers. Landowners and farmers claim the elephant herds can cause much destruction to their lands and this research project has been deployed in an effort to ensure wildlife and advancing civilisation can co-exist.

Each participant has to raise €3,500 in funding for the project and Beth, a third year environmental science student at Trinity who attended the Presentation School, in Wexford, has organised a fun quiz night to be held in the Gaelic Bar, Distillery road on Friday, March 11 at 8 p.m. There will be a cash prize for the winners together with many spot prizes donated kindly by local businesses.

The costs are €10 per person and €40 per table of four. You can book your table or simply arrive on the night. To book text your name and the number of participants to Pat at 087 2503629.

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