In spite of the continuing economic and political problems in Zimbabwe, work nevertheless continues in Hwange National Park and Paul de Montille was recently called out to rescue a snared giraffe. The giraffe had a trailing snare around its neck and standing on the trailing end meant that the snare continually got tighter and tighter.
Giraffe are very tricky to sedate as they have a high resistance to the M99 sedative drug and their long neck also means that breathing problems can ensue when they are sedated. This means that the animal has to be darted with the sedative, then once it is on the ground, it has to be kept still by people sitting on its neck, its eyes have to be covered, its ears blocked, and then the reversal drug has to be given straight away to reverse the sedative so that the animal is fully awake and can breathe
normally. The giraffe's trachea is some 2m long and if the giraffe can only take shallow breaths, as would happen when sedated, it means that the same deoxygenated air just goes up and down the trachea so no oxygenated air reaches the lungs.
So, a very tricky rescue operation but luckily all went well.
As well as all the anti-poaching work, HCS has recently paid out £1257.00 to hire a digger to dig a new 900m trench at Masuma Dam, this as part of the ongoing work to keep the game water supply in good order. Not very exciting perhaps, but certainly very necessary work.
You can see a photo of the digger at work below. As mentioned, this fairly simple piece of work cost us quite a lot of money which we'd dearly love to recoup through fundraising so if you are able to help at all, please do consider making a donation, however small, or perhaps think about purchasing some notelets (order form below).
Any help you can give would be very much appreciated.
There are other ways you can help on the right of this page.
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!