Hwange Presidential Herd

Hooray, high fives for these amazing people….where would our wild life be with out them? Read about them below and visit this initiative run by Sharon Pincott on this  face book page .
Footprints
‘ANOTHER LIFE SAVED. While recently in Bulawayo (300kms away) trying to get 4×4 and computer equipment fixed, I received a phonecall from Forgie Wilson, who is employed by the Painted Dog Conservation Project . The Anti-Poaching Unit had located an elephant – still alive – trapped in a wire snare so thick that not even this strong approximately-5-year-old boy could break the cable to escape. With Greg Rasmussen, from this same project, not available (who you might recall I previously organised to hold extra darting drugs for elephant and other snare removals), Forgie rang for assistance from Brent Staplekamp from the Lion Research project, who raced to assist once again. The elephant was quickly darted and released, having likely been trapped in the snare for some days already. There was one blessing to the thick wire; it hadn’t sliced his leg open like thinner wire would have (but did indeed mean that he couldn’t escape and would have died in this snare, had he not been found). His family was nowhere to be seen – with the destruction around him certain proof of how awful his ordeal must have been. I can only hope that he has by now reunited with his family, whoever he might have been. Although I work alone with the Presidential Elephants, the involvement of other projects with their own Anti-Poaching efforts is of great comfort. The battle to save lives is ongoing – as are the battles for some sanity when it comes to ongoing issues that negatively affect the Presidential Elephants and their land areas. I still have confidence that Minister Kasukuwere will continue to actively help to make things better…’
ANOTHER LIFE SAVED. While recently in Bulawayo (300kms away) trying to get 4x4 and computer equipment fixed, I received a phonecall from Forgie Wilson, who is employed by the Painted Dog Conservation Project . The Anti-Poaching Unit had located an elephant – still alive – trapped in a wire snare so thick that not even this strong approximately-5-year-old boy could break the cable to escape. With Greg Rasmussen, from this same project, not available (who you might recall I previously organised to hold extra darting drugs for elephant and other snare removals), Forgie rang for assistance from Brent Staplekamp from the Lion Research project, who raced to assist once again. The elephant was quickly darted and released, having likely been trapped in the snare for some days already. There was one blessing to the thick wire; it hadn’t sliced his leg open like thinner wire would have (but did indeed mean that he couldn’t escape and would have died in this snare, had he not been found). His family was nowhere to be seen – with the destruction around him certain proof of how awful his ordeal must have been. I can only hope that he has by now reunited with his family, whoever he might have been. Although I work alone with the Presidential Elephants, the involvement of other projects with their own Anti-Poaching efforts is of great comfort. The battle to save lives is ongoing – as are the battles for some sanity when it comes to ongoing issues that negatively affect the Presidential Elephants and their land areas. I still have confidence that Minister Kasukuwere will continue to actively help to make things better…

 

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