African Reserve Use of Mobile Apps to Thwart Animal Trafficking Recognized as Canvas 2013 Ante Up Award Recipient

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Sabi Sand Wildtuin African Reserve Ecological Officer Michael Grover will be honored at Ante Up event at National Geographic in Washington, DC.

Sabi Sand combats Rhino poaching

Canvas, the global leader in mobile apps for businesses, today announced that Sabi Sand Wildtuin, the oldest private reserve in South Africa, has been recognized as the 2013 Canvas ‘Ante Up’ Nonprofit of the Year Award Recipient for its innovative use of mobile technology to combat Rhino poaching. Sabi Sand African Reserve Ecologist Michael Grover will be honored at a special event in Washington, DC on Tuesday, June 25th, where he will offer a powerful presentation on the use of mobile apps to thwart animal poachers.

Launched in 2012, the Canvas ‘Ante Up’ program encourages employees to identify a nonprofit initiative or need that they are passionate about, and then to support that initiative by providing the nonprofit with free Canvas services as well as the employee’s time to help train the organization on how best to implement Canvas and other resources aimed at helping to arm nonprofit organizations with mobile technology.

Animal poaching has become a deadly and serious problem for Africa. Organized criminals and Rebel militias using automatic weapons and sophisticated technology are profiting heavily from poaching, and killing tens of thousands of animals in the process. Sabi Sand Reserve, like many reserves, is challenged to cover a massive geography with limited manpower and technology resources. By providing Sabi Sand Wildtuin with Canvas’ mobile app service, the Reserve has been empowered to more effectively track, stop and eventually help prosecute poachers.

“The vision of Ante Up is to let employees pursue philanthropic efforts they are passionate about, and have the freedom to commit their time towards those efforts,” said James Quigley, CEO and Co-Founder, Canvas. “To see our technology play a role in addressing a global crisis that is costing lives – of both the animals and those trying to protect them – underscores why Canvas feels so strongly that making mobile technology accessible to deserving groups is critical.”

“Canvas has become truly instrumental to our mission by providing us with mobile devices and mobile app capabilities to more effectively track where poachers are breaking through boundary fences, log photos of killed or distressed animals, take photos of poachers "footprint" tracks and aid with criminal prosecution of poachers,” adds Michael Grover, Sabi Sand Wildtuin Ecological officer. “We are grateful to be honored as this year’s ‘Ante Up’ recipient, and expect Canvas to become an even greater part of our efforts going forward.”

The impact of Ante Up has been profound: The first Ante Up award recipient was the Dandelion Support Network, an Australian non-profit organization dedicated to providing second-hand baby equipment to families in need. The Dandelion Support Network officially launched in December 2011, and to quickly meet growing demand from support agencies for second-hand baby equipment it required a technology solution that could be deployed quickly, inexpensively, and was flexible enough to adapt to the dynamically changing needs of a growing not for profit. Canvas, in just a few months, became the technology lifeblood of their organization.

To attend this free event (space limited), held Tuesday, June 25th at National Geographic in Washington, DC, click here. You can follow more about this event on Twitter at #Tech4Rhinos.

For additional information on wildlife trafficking and how Canvas is helping, visit http://www.gocanvas.com/content/ante_up_2013/.

About Canvas
Canvas is an easy, fast and economical way for businesses to find, customize and create mobile forms to replace paper forms. Canvas is a cloud-based software service that enables users to collect information using mobile devices, share that information and integrate with existing backend systems. Canvas also offers the first mobile business application store of its kind, allowing businesses from diverse industries to find mobile forms specific to their needs. To learn more, visit http://www.GoCanvas.com. Currently, Canvas employees have adopted Ante Up nonprofits on three continents and various states that have been involved in disaster relief, the feeding and care of families and children in need, and the protection of human rights and species in crisis.

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