More poaching problems in Hwange National Park and more work for Paul de Montille and his team. He was recently called out to dart a cheetah which had been spotted with a trailing snare around its neck. The wire was preventing the cheetah from moving as it kept standing on the trailing wire which then, of course, tightened around its neck. The unfortunate animal was thus unable to hunt and eat and was losing condition fast. Giving up a planned trip to Bulawayo, Paul eventually managed to locate the cheetah after a lengthy search involving many other people all on the look-out for this one animal. Fortunately, the darting went well and the snare was quickly removed. Paul reports that the animal was already in poor condition as a result of the snare but later reports from local guides revealed that the cheetah had been seen on a fresh impala kill so it looks very much as though this story has a happy ending.
Interestingly, Paul was told by researchers that there are now less than 150 cheetahs in the whole of Zimbabwe and, as he says 'it was not only a great privilege to get up close to this magnificent animal but also immensely satisfying to have been able to save her from a slow and painful death'. Well done to all concerned.
The two photos below show Paul darting the cheetah (you can see the pink-tipped dart going through the air). This photo is being used courtesy of Antonia Amyot. The bottom photo shows the cheetah moving off after darting and snare removal (note her poor condition). This photo is courtesy of Imvelo Safari Lodges.
AS CHRISTMAS APPROACHES, WE WOULD LIKE TO WISH ALL OUR MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY AND PEACEFUL 2018. THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH INDEED FOR YOUR SUPPORT OVER THE PAST YEAR. IT IS VERY MUCH APPRECIATED BY EVERYONE AT HCS.
IMPORTANT APPEAL - PLEASE HELP WITH OUR ANTI-POACHING WORK!
If, like us, you love animals and hate seeing them suffer, please could you donate towards our anti-poaching work? The work is very important, even more so these days as poaching is a huge problem in this area due to the dire economic situation currently obtaining in Zimbabwe. Animals are losing their lives every day and we are doing our level best to help as much as we can. If you can find it in you to make a donation, however small, please know that every penny will go towards alleviating the suffering of the wildlife. If everyone who visited this site would just donate £1.00 it would be a big help. Please consider doing this. Just visit our How to Help page or contact any of the committee members on the Contact Us page.
If you have enjoyed visiting this web site and reading about what we do to help Hwange National Park and its wildlife, would you be prepared to help us further? The best way to help us is by joining as a member or making a donation but we recognise that many people are unable to give this commitment; however, there are many ways of helping the wildlife of Hwange National Park at no cost to you:
- Could you display a poster about HCS somewhere in your local community?
- We also have home collecting boxes which people use to collect small change in. Perhaps you would consider taking one of these and sending us the small change from time to time? Small change can make a big difference! Maybe you could even persuade friends, family or colleagues to take one?
- Perhaps you know someone who loves wildlife and would be interested in our work - please pass on our contact details and encourage them to get involved. We are particularly keen to get people to visit our web site and Facebook page so if you could encourage people to do this, it would be a great help.
- We also save postage stamps which we use in different ways to raise funds. Perhaps you could save stamps for us and encourage others to do so?
If you would be interested in doing any of the above, please contact Anne Wilkinson (full details on CONTACT US page). Posters and/or collecting boxes can be sent out at no charge and we are always happy to send out information on our charity to prospective members.
A NEW WAY OF FUNDRAISING FOR HCS ...
HCS is now registered as a charity on easyfundraising.org.uk - if you ever shop online with retailers such as Amazon, John Lewis, etc., you have the chance to raise a little extra for Hwange's wildlife at the same time. Simply register on the site and then search for the shop or item you wish to purchase. You can then click through from easyfundraising to the relevant supplier's web site and make your purchase in the normal way. This visit is recorded by easyfundraising and a percentage of your purchase price is donated to HCS. It costs you nothing extra so we do hope that people will take advantage of this free way of raising funds for us. I have tried it myself and it really is as easy as it sounds! Please take a look at our dedicated page at:
Hello to all Ebay fans ... do you use Ebay to sell items? Did you know you can now donate a percentage of your profits to HCS when you sell something? If you qualify for gift aid you can even arrange for Ebay to collect the gift aid on your behalf. HCS is now registered as a charity on Ebay in conjunction with PayPal Just Giving. If you are interested in helping us in this way, please go to the main Ebay page, go to the bottom and click on the link 'Buy for Charity' or 'Sell for Charity'. Either link will take you to the charity information page where you can get more information about how to use this method of fundraising. You can even make a one-off donation!