It's been a busy month for safari guide Paul de Montille and his team from DART. They were called out recently to help a snared wild dog (see photo above which shows the standing dog pulling at a wire snare caught around the other dog's leg). Paul was able to dart the snared animal, remove the snare, treat the wound and then successfully release the animal back into the wild. He also took the opportunity to dart a second dog to enable a tracking collar to be fitted.
Not content with this, he was also able to dart a badly snared waterbuck which had a wire snare around its neck. Again, the snare was removed, the wound treated and the waterbuck released again. A bit of a 'triple whammy' and a successful outcome in each case so well done to Paul and his team and a big thank you to everyone who contributed to these rescues - Paul and his team, Stephanie (who kindly allowed us to use her photos), Friends of Hwange who continue to help with anti-poaching work, and of course all our members and supporters whose donations allow us to help with this all-important work.
The photos below show Paul and his team fitting a collar to a wild dog and the snared waterbuck - the snare can be seen at the bottom of its neck.
Paul also has another project on the go at the moment. Recently he was called to relocate a lioness which had been killing stock in the Mabale Communal Land near Hwange National Park. The lioness had managed to kill 36 goats and 4 calves in less than a month and was becoming increasingly bold, even hunting them during the day and also posing a significant threat to the local children.
Paul managed to dart the lioness and it is now being kept in a temporary holding enclosure. He would like to carry out what he calls a 'soft relocation' where the animal would be taken well away from where it was darted, kept in a temporary enclosure in the new area to allow it to become familiar with its new environment before being collared and then released at the new site. The tracking collar would allow Park's staff to monitor the animal's movements, hopefully preventing further problems. The other alternative of a 'hard relocation' where the animal is simply taken away and simply released would, Paul feels, just result in the lioness returning immediately to its original home. He feels that the best option is to keep it in a new site in a holding enclosure before release and to that end wants to raise funds to construct a holding enclosure.
The total cost would be around US$8,500 - this would cover the cost of the enclosure as well as the collar and associated costs such as immobilising drugs, fuel costs, etc. This seems to us like a sensible idea as it would hopefully benefit the lioness and the local community whose livelihoods depend on their stock. Although the collar, fuel and drugs would be one-off costs, the enclosure will be able to be dismantled and used for future similar projects. We have therefore donated £2,000 towards this project and Friends of Hwange have also managed to source some funding for it so plans are now well under way. We look forward to reporting on the progress of this work.
MARATHON SWIM FOR HWANGE NATIONAL PARK
On Sunday 6th August one of our lovely members, Dawn Brooks, is attempting a marathon swim of 14 km down the River Thames from Henley to Marlow, the equivalent of swimming 560 lengths of a swimming pool....
Dawn is taking on this huge challenge to raise money for Hwange National Park and the money raised will be split equally between the Hwange Conservation Society and African Bush Camps. Dawn's employers have very generously agreed to match the first £250.00 she raises.
This is a wonderful effort (and a very difficult and challenging one) and we would ask anyone who reads this to support Dawn's effort by contributing to her fundraising site so she can raise as much money as possible. She has set up a Crowdfunding page and you can find it at:
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO HAS DONATED SO FAR - PLEASE KEEP THOSE DONATIONS COMING IN!
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!