As you will see from the photo above, Paul de Montille is still working hard at the anti-poaching work. The snared elephant shown above was successfully darted, the snare removed, wound treated, and the elephant given the reversal drug after which it was soon up and about again - another very successful rescue.
The lioness which had been killing livestock was also eventually relocated to a different area well away from where it had been troubling local people and their animals. The lioness was fitted with a radio collar allowing staff to keep track of her movements. Up to now all is going well and she has shown no signs of returning to her original home. Let's hope it continues like that.
Paul is having to do more work moving problem animals and to this end we have donated a pair of night vision binoculars to him which will allow him to dart animals at night, particularly useful if he has to dart elephants. Paul has already tried the binoculars and apparently they are amazing, letting him get very close to wildlife in complete darkness so hopefully they will be a useful addition to his anti-poaching/relocation work.
HCS has helped Paul with this kind of work for many years now and he and his partner Stephanie have kindly sent us a compilation video of the anti-poaching work which HCS has helped him with over the years. You can view the video by clicking here
Our grateful thanks to Paul and Stephanie for letting us use the photos and video.
The HCS Chairman, John Gillon, visited Hwange recently and has reported back that the Park is looking in very good shape, particularly considering we are now into October and the area is experiencing very high temperatures. There is still good water in the pans and the vegetation is holding up well, all excellent news and a great pay-back for all the effort and money put in by so many people.
As well as donating the night vision binoculars, we've given Paul US$500 towards fuel and other costs. Unfortunately, many of the costs of an animal rescue are very much 'one off' costs, e.g. fuel, anti-biotics, wound cleaner, etc. Even darts which feasibly could be taken out of the animal and reused often get damaged, either by the animal collapsing on them or by getting chewed by the animal itself, particularly likely if a carnivore has been darted. The photo above shows what a dart should like like (left) and what happens to it after it has been chewed by a carnivore (right). No prizes for guessing that the dart on the right has come to the end of its useful lifespan...
MARATHON SWIM FOR HWANGE NATIONAL PARK
You may remember that on Sunday 6th August one of our lovely members, Dawn Brooks, attempted 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 completed the swim successfully and raised an amazing £800.00 in total, this being split between the two charities she was supporting, one of which is HCS. A huge thank you to Dawn for her great effort and thank you as well to everyone who made a donation or who supported her in any way.
The Brooks family really have gone the extra mile this year (literally!) to help Hwange National Park, as Dawn's father and his partner took part in the annual Pumping Legs for Water fundraising cycle ride in Hwange earlier this year. Well done to them all.
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!