Cattle in a mobile predator-proof pen
January is at the heart of the rainy season in Zimbabwe and whilst rain is always gratefully received, the change in season from hot and dry to warm and wet does often mean that wildlife will more readily leave the Protected Areas (PA’s) and move into the surrounding Communal Lands.
Lions in the PA’s are easily able to hunt their wildlife prey around dwindling water supplies in the dry season but when the rains come, the wildlife disperses making hunting difficult. At this time lions may move into the Communal Lands and prey on livestock.
At this time of the year villagers are planting their maize and other crops, taking advantage of the rain. This is the time that elephant (mainly bulls) may come into the crops to feed on succulent new maize, pumpkin, sorghum and other cops.
It is often difficult to deal with all of the problems caused by wildlife in the Communal Lands immediately but our staff reacts as quickly as possible and meets with villagers to agree on best non-lethal control measures. Our activities during the period covered by this report have been limited due to COVID but we have been able to maintain the project, assure the villagers that they have our support and that we are available to help. The pictures below will show you some of the activities that we have put in place. The purchase of materials has in some cases been supplemented by the donations received from you. We have not yet reached our financial target for this project but we are making steady progress.
Interestingly our other two projects (lion and elephant research) feed directly in to Human-Wildlife conflict as the GPS/satellite collared animals show us and the Community where we need to chase off potential threats.
Thank you for your support.
ALERT staff attending meeting with villagers