May 11, 2021

Thank you again for helping us to prevent poaching

One of our beautiful nyala
One of our beautiful nyala

As always we report firstly, with a big thank you to all who have helped us protect our wildlife and the biodiversity of our Sanctuary.

Keeping our wild safe is always on our mind: I was pleased last night to see that one of our special wildebeest “Frankie” a lone bachelor who is particularly friendly, was resting safely close to our homestead. Then I relised that it was going to be an extremely dark night. Soon the stars were magnificently bright but as there was no moon this would discourage Poachers who prefer a bright full moon. I had been anxious because of recent events:

Last week, we had an uneasy 2 nights. It was full moon and we had a message from our neighbour telling us that poachers had set a line of snares and that one of his nyala had been killed. A bunch of about 30 wire snares were retrieved at the poacher's entry and exit point on his fence line. We were on high alert as It takes just one evening for a group of poachers to set snares that our wildlife could be caught in! We ensured that our anti-poaching patrols were diligent and we also helped by doing vehicle patrols around the reserve ourselves. The next morning, we made certain that a day guard patrolled to do a snare sweep check and also to make sure that there were no intruder footprints. Thankfully all was well.

We never relax our awareness. And this seems to be helping, together of course with your support.

Great news is that we received a disbursement on 2021.04.28 from GlobalGiving, with funds that you donated. We have decided to use this towards acquiring another outdoor monitoring camera to assist us with monitoring the security of our wildlife.

The monitoring cam cameras are movement sensitive and they capture any movement in the camera’s visual field, both during the day and at night. Sometimes the wild are interested and look right into the lens. They actually each have a personality, believe it or not, and often their antics make us smile. Mostly though we get feedback of peaceful movements of the animals and also of course snaps of the guards doing their most important patrol duties! We would like to set up as many cam cameras as possible.

So life in the bush is never without a dull moment. Each day that we manage to ensure that the biodiversity of our wild and all our precious animals remain safe, we are overjoyed and most grateful for the ongoing help that enables us to do our very best to protect this beautiful “Piece of Eden”

Heartfelt thanks once again.

Rare Suni-antelope photo on our night cam camera
Rare Suni-antelope photo on our night cam camera
Leopard tracks, mother and cub were seen recently
Leopard tracks, mother and cub were seen recently
Genet cat seen on our night cam camera
Genet cat seen on our night cam camera
Night patrol on camera
Night patrol on camera
Peaceful grazing tells of no poaching.
Peaceful grazing tells of no poaching.
Feb 17, 2021

Thank you for help with wildlife medical treatment

Thank you for supporting our wildlife medical fund! Our good news is that the fund has successfully enabled us to treat a severe injury on the lower back leg of one of our wildebeest (Ngu) He somehow cut his leg and a wound of about 7 cm needed urgent attention.

A veterinary assistant darted him with an antibiotic in his rump and this began a healing process. Thereafter we have been able to approach him and while he enjoys feed that we provide and layout for him, we manage to spray the wound from a distance. We have bought a number of bottles of F10 Germicidal Wound Spray that we have used. This topical treatment has been important to prevent infection and fly strike(maggots) from entering the wound.

Thankfully the injury has now healed and closed almost completely. Unfortunately, the damage has affected the strength of his suspensory ligament - above his back hoof, and he may continue to limp. However, he presently grazes happily and he is not presenting any symptoms of weight loss. He is still able to run, lie down, and walk distances without distress.

Thank you again, for your support for our medical fund that has helped meet the cost of treating this Ngu’s injury. 

As we progress into 2021 we hope to raise sufficient funding to build our long-awaited treatment boma. Your ongoing support means the world to us and of course to the wild that we help protect. 

Jan 12, 2021

Thank you for ongoing support to prevent poaching

Milkyway safe and friendly
Milkyway safe and friendly

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to report that our anti-poaching efforts are working well. Thank you for your support that continues to help with this mammoth task. Our new zebra "Milkyway" is a docile and friendly animal and we extend heartfelt appreciation to all who have assisted us to ensure that he too is safe in his new home in our Sanctuary, together with the other zebra, wildebeest, nyala, impala and the many diverse and also rare species that we protect. 

Over the Festive Season, wildlife were at an even higher risk as youngsters often use dogs in a traditional sport to flush out animals for their hunt. These dogs are highly trained to not bark and lie low on command. It is only because we have nightguards that patrol the perimeter of our reserve as well as the internal areas, that we continue to prevent this type of poaching.

The other methods used by poachers include the placement of wire snares, an extremely cruel practice. We prevent this by doing snare checks every day, along wildlife paths and in the bush, we have to be totally sure that no infringement has happened through our fence. But the more obvious poaching is not the only concern. We also have to be sure that smaller wildlife species such as rare tortoises are protected. To help us monitor this all we use outdoor cam cameras that also show us exciting photos such as those of leopards and other animals that frequent our Sanctuary.

We are hoping to acquire more outdoor monitoring cameras and erect a new upgraded security fence during the forthcoming months. The work and financial support that we provide for the night guards is greatly appreciated by these persons who are all from our Local Community. Each worker supports up to 10 family and extended family members!

Thank you once again for your help to keep our Sanctuary a safe haven and refuge for wildlife while at the same time assisting families whose livelihoods are affected by the Covid 19  restrictions.

Wishing you health, safety, and every Blessing for the forthcoming year.

Rare Wildlife protected - tiny Hinge Back Tortoise
Rare Wildlife protected - tiny Hinge Back Tortoise
Porcupine, one of many diverse species protected
Porcupine, one of many diverse species protected
Leopard visiting, seen from security bush camera.
Leopard visiting, seen from security bush camera.
 
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