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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Kariba Wildlife


WITH  ZIMBABWE PARKS & WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT

 

REMEMBER: When Driving or walking,  Animals always have the right of way

KEEP KARIBA CLEAN  Keep litter to yourself, in your vehicle or boat and empty only at designated points.

 

For any donations, help offer, more info, or information on injured animals please contact below


Phone numbers

Cavan Warren 0772 690 915 - KARIBA

Nick Grant 0772 607 214 - HARARE

Debbie Ottman Land Home 061 2342 Work 2764  Cell 0773 996 487- KARIBA

Sonya Mc Master Land Home 061 2488 Cell 0772 874 352 – KARIBA


 

 

MARCH 2014 – INCREASE IN WILDLIFE SIGHTINGS IN AND AROUND KARIBA

That there has been an increase is beyond doubt.  Kudu are being seen more we are finding numerous small herds of Impala, Bush buck, Bush pigs, Warthog  ( When Domestic Hunting Dog Packs are not wiping them out !!!), Leopard and the latest - small Elephant Cow herd with their brand new offspring along with the larger Elephant Herd 60 to 70 strong that has passed through a number of times.

March 03 - KUDU SEEN

Sunera from Natureways saw a female Kudu in the morning on the way to Nyamhunga, Between Batonka and Cutty Sark turnoff closer to Batonka on the Nyamhunga side of the road. Hope she stayed safe !!!

 

 

16 MARCH

Sorefoot –  Who was treated some years back for a very bad leg that was suspected to be caused by a snare and one of the group of Bull Elephants that roam between Muchirara and Nyamhunga area ,was seen in a terrible mess. Badly swollen front leg with a large septic wound as well as septic wound at base of ear and other parts of his body.

Quick arrangements were made, Parks and Wildlife permission given along with a Ranger collected, Andries Scholtz called in with Marnie Kloppers to also back up. The Elephant was darted, wounds treated, except for wound behind ear as unable to get to ear due to position of Elephant.  Antibiotic administered.

Communication and pictures sent to AWARE TRUST Veterinarians for advice on treatment for the Elephant and if further treatment required

 

ELE SOREFOOT WEEKS AFTER MUSK FIGHS 16 MARCH 2014 SAM_1714.JPG   ELE SOREFOOT WEEKS AFTER MUSK FIGHS 16 MARCH 2014 SAM_1716.JPG

 

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way it treats its animals – Mahatma Ghandi

 

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PLEASE REPORT ANYONE LAYING SNARES TO THE FOLLOWING NUMBERS ALL HOURS

ZIMPARKS AREA MANAGER

Mr S Chibaya 0716 058488 or 0773 507436

 

KARIBA ANIMAL WELFARE FUND TRUST NUMBERS

Cavan Warran 0772 690 915 - KARIBA

Debbie Ottman Land Home 061 2342 Work 2764  Cell 0773 996 487- KARIBA

Sonya McMaster Land Home 061 2488 Cell 0772 874 352 – KARIBA

 

MARCH SNARE SWEEPS

3 March  - 1 snare - Platform north up to power line rd.1 snare recovered. Eland seen again as well as a herd of 35-40 impala 5 waterbuck.

4th March - 0 snares - From Shumba rd going West to Nyanyana rd. No snares recovered. Impala, waterbuck,zebra and ele spoor plentifull.

5th March – 3 snares - >From end of efluent pipe to Cutty Sark turn of, Thee snares recovered. Resident buff heard using this area No buff spore yet.

 

SNARES March 24 2014 .jpg

 

6th March – 1 snare - Mushuma camp to NAU/power line. 1 wire, no game movement in the area.

 

7th March – 0 snares  - Zesa (Mahombekombe) going east. No wire, Plenty human activity in the surrounding bush judging by litter, beer bottles  etc.

 

10th March – 0 snares  - From information centre to Charara rd, No snares.

18 huge mopani trees found destroyed to charcoal burners. Several  trees  still smoldering.  Little or no game movement except for ele.

 

11th March – 6 Buffalo snares - From Dumps to foothills in the west on to University rd. 6 buff snares found. No animals seen apart from fresh buff spoor, (resident herd)

 

12th March. – 1 snare - Y-junction NAU/Banana farm rd  going west to Chegaruwe R. One snare. warthog, impala seen.

 

13th March – 1 snare - Nzou harbour to power line rd. 1 snare. No wild life seen except for warthog.

 

14th March. – ILLEGAL WOOD REMOVAL - MOPANI TREES DECIMATED - 4 hundred meters west of First and Last Restaurant  to investigate new charcoal burning area. One burner arrested who immediately reported he had a friend south of his group of trees.  Patrol and ranger set off to make another arrest.  2  persons were then taken by the Patrol to Border Patrol to hand over for arrest and subsequent conviction.   1 youngster was caught last year doing the same in an area nearby.

Between 30 and 40  Giant  Mopani Trees have been decimated in this area

 

The previous day Parks and Wildlife had arrested 1 of this same team who was given a very fitting sentence.

Thank you to the relevant Authorities

 

TREES MOPANI  NEAR AIRPORT 3rd March 2014 .jpgTREES MOPANI  CRIMINAL  NEAR AIRPORT 3rd March 2014 .jpgTREES MOPANI  NEAR AIRPORT  March 2014  Burner prisoner.jpg

PLEASE REPORT BURNING OR CHOPPING OF TREES TO THE FOLLOWING NUMBERS.

ZIMPARKS AREA MANAGER

Mr S Chibaya 0716 058488 or 0773 507436

 

KARIBA ANIMAL WELFARE FUND TRUST NUMBERS

Cavan Warran 0772 690 915 - KARIBA

Debbie Ottman Land Home 061 2342 Work 2764  Cell 0773 996 487- KARIBA

Sonya McMaster Land Home 061 2488 Cell 0772 874 352 – KARIBA

 

15th March. – 4 snares - LLA harbour to Mopani Bay the Baobab ridge. 4 fresh snares recovered below Baobab Ridge. A few bush buck seen.

 

19th March. – 0 snares - Chengaruwe R. East  to NAU rd. No snares, warthog and 4 groups impala seen.

 

20th March – 0 snares -  Chengaruwe R, south then West towards Nyanyana camp area. Carcass of zebra found near shore line. Cause of death could not be determined +- 3 weeks old. Half devoured by predators.  5 warthog, 8 waterbuck and  20-30 impala seen.

 

21 March. – 0 snares  - Kabuli Area. No snares. Zebra and small herd Impala seen.

 

24 March. – 4 snares  - From just north of Garakai going west to back of Tamarind Lodges. 4 snares recovered. The area just north and west of Garakai

& the Universaty rd is another area being damaged by stone/sand people.

The whole area is criss crossed by vehicle tracks. There are piles of sand, bags of sand, piles of gravel and the beginnings of a quarry where the side of a rise has been dug into to collect weathered latreite type ground. Ideal for compaction.

 

SNARES 3rd March 2014 .jpg

 

25th March. - >From Chawara river upto main rd then west looking for injured Elephant treated 16 March

 

26th March. - Effluent pipe west to dump looking for injured Elephant. 

Meeting with Parks & Wildlife Ecologist re injured Elephant to seek approval from Parks and Wildlife to Collar Elephant  “Sorefoot” in order to administer daily medication as advised by AWARE TRUST Vetinarians

 

27th March.  - Search for injured Elephant , awaiting application to collar

 

28th March. - Search for injured Elephant , awaiting application to collar

 

29th March  - Patrol on standby  awaiting application to collar

 

30th. March - Patrol on standby  awaiting application to collar

 

 

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