Supporting and protecting the wildlife and community

 MARCH 2021

Well, 2021 hasn’t exactly got off to the best of starts with Covid 19 still causing terrible mayhem around the world.  Let’s hope the vaccination rollout will start to help us get out of this terrible situation.

Work in Hwange National Park still has to carry on where at all possible and this includes rescue work for snared animals.  Paul de Montille was recently called to see to a snared elephant calf in the Bumbusi area of the Park (near Sinamatella).  The little chap had a snare deeply embedded in its leg and must have been in some considerable distress.

The first rescue attempt didn’t go too well as the herd, numbering some 20 animals, was in an area of tall, dense grass in a region where there was a lot of shallow, swampy water in which an immobilised animal, if not found quickly, could easily drown.  The attempt was therefore called off for that day.  The following day brought no luck at all until the same night when Paul spotted the elephant cow and her stricken calf feeding not 15m from the chalet where he was staying – a lucky (and unexpected) event.

The following morning, with the help from the Area Manager and his National Parks staff, the herd was located in what Paul described as ‘perfect darting terrain’.  The calf was soon darted, the steel cable snare removed and the wound treated.  The antidote was then given and the calf was soon up on its feet and reunited with its mother.  A happy ending all round.

Grateful thanks are due to Paul and also to the Area Manager and his staff who gave very welcome assistance in this rescue – a great team effort.

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.  We now have the added problem of the effects of the Coronavirus epidemic – 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.

 NEW WAYS OF FUNDRAISING FOR HCS:

HCS is now registered as a charity on easyfundraising.org.uk – if you ever shop online with retailers such as Marks and Spencer, 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 you wish to visit. 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:

www.easyfundraising.org.uk/hwangeconservationsociety

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!

 

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