It has been a busy year end for Paul de Montille and the anti-poaching work. He was recently called down to the bottom of Hwange National Park to try to collar a female leopard. You can see a video of this capture work here:
As well as the leopard capture Paul had to help rescue a zebra that had got stuck in the mud at Makwa pan - sadly the zebra had been stuck for many hours in very high temperatures and although it was rescued from the mud, it didn't survive its ordeal. Still on the zebra front, Paul also had to dart and remove snares from two other zebras and also dart an elephant to remove an old tracking collar. You can see a video of the elephant collar removal here:
All this work has obviously occasioned using a considerable amount of drugs and fuel so HCS has donated more drugs to the tune of some £1052.00 and has also donated £400.00 towards fuel costs. Fuel is an increasing problem in Zimbabwe with both high costs and shortages so we have also donated £400.00 to Stephen Long at the Bhejane Trust, again to help with fuel costs.
In order to rescue wildlife using tranquillising drugs, Paul has to hold what is called a dangerous drugs licence and as part of this has to do a refresher course every five years. His next 'refresher' is due in February 2020 and HCS has agreed to cover the cost of this week-long course. We hope to have more information about this in the next update early next year.
Before ending this update, there is a new (and very easy) way to support HCS. If you shop at Amazon (and, let's face it many of us do), you can now donate whilst you shop if you shop via Amazon Smile. If you wish to help us like this, all you need to do is go to smile.amazon.co.uk and log in as usual just as you would going straight to amazon.co.uk. You then need to select HCS as the charity you wish to support and this will be remembered for all future purchases (though you can change this if you wish). Just shop as normal and pay as normal and for any qualifying purchases you make, Amazon will donate 0.5% to HCS. It will literally cost you nothing extra so please do consider helping us like this.
In the meantime, it is nearly Christmas and it just remains for me to wish all our members and supporters everywhere a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2020 in which we hope for better times for Zimbabwe. A big thank you to all who have supported our work throughout 2019.
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!