It was a busy end to 2019 for Paul de Montille and his 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:
In addition to the above, Paul also had a slightly more unusual rescue, this time of an elephant which had somehow managed to get a front leg stuck in a large section of PVC pipe as you'll see from the photo below - a rather unusual and probably somewhat clumsy and uncomfortable adornment to be carrying around with you...Paul successfully darted the elephant and removed the pipe, with the elephant making a full recovery.
Smaller animals are certainly not exempt from getting into problems and Paul also had to rescue a vervet monkey which had managed to get tied to a fence by a snare. It was definitely a time-critical rescue as every time the monkey struggled to free itself, the snare tightened so it was essentially strangling itself. Paul threw a blanket over it to prevent it from biting as there was no time to dart it, then managed to cut the snare off. By that time the monkey had stopped breathing and had no heartbeat but a quick bit of CPR from Paul and in less than a minute the monkey was breathing again and fully recovered. That's one very lucky monkey!
Paul will have to do a dangerous drugs refresher course in February this year in order to allow him to keep purchasing and using the requisite drugs for anti-poaching work. This course runs from 7-14 February and takes place in Malilangwe down in the south of Zimbabwe. The cost of US$1500.00 is being covered by HCS and we are also contributing a further US$500.00 to help with fuel and accommodation costs there and back as it is a very long drive from Hwange National Park to the south of Zimbabwe. We'll have an update from Paul about his experiences doing this course very soon.
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 huge number of people these days shop online at Amazon and now you can shop there and help HCS at the same time. All you need to do is go to Smile. Amazon and log in as usual - no need to register or anything. Then select Hwange Conservation Society as the charity you wish to support, then just shop in the normal way. Any eligible purchase/s will then attract a 0.5% donation from Amazon and all at no extra cost to you.
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!