We recently had a visit from the Birdlife Zimbabwe team, who are investigating the possibility of introducing a Vulture Safe Area at Imire.
Seven of Africa’s 11 vulture species are on the edge of extinction. The species has a bad press, saddled with cultural perceptions of death, decay and malevolence, so there is often little compassion for their welfare.
However, vultures play a vital role in preventing the spread of many diseases, including anthrax, rabies, TB and botulism – and are affectionately known as Nature’s Clean-up Crew.
Vulture safe zones are areas where it has been established that vultures can be protected, and where birds are likely to congregate.
In fantastic and encouraging news, our anti-poaching dog Murwi, continues to excel, taking part in her first live operation where she successfully tracked and apprehended a poacher.
This win for Murwi is a massive and positive achievement and the culmination of many long hours of training and hard work in 2018. She continues to train daily, gain in fitness, knowledge and experience, and form even stronger bonds with the K9 Unit Handlers.
Word has spread about her prowess and she is undoubtably a huge asset to our anti-poaching efforts here on Imire. In January she featured on prime-time UK television, appearing on the BBC One Show, which was very exciting indeed! You can watch her segment here.
Should you wish to help support Imire’s Anti-Poaching and K9 unit, please get in touch.
After much hard work, a new maternity ward and women’s shelter has opened at one of our nearby rural clinics.
There was previously nowhere for new mothers to stay once they had delivered their babies, so they would often go to the clinic (depending on transport being available), give birth and walk or get a lift home once they had ‘rested’ for a short while.
Imire received generous funding, allowing a maternity shelter at the clinic to be built, along with a new 3-bedroom house at the clinic for the on-call nurses to stay in. This means there is now a 24 hour service to the community – something which is vital to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates.
One of the most recognised needs at Numwa School, and through the Southern African region in general, is the lack of sanitary wear for girls. Through donations brought by The Zimbabwe Gecko Society, and a partnership with Padding Africa, the sewing group at Numwa School are making reusable sanitary pads, and are now running a self-sustainable project. The Group is made up of rural women, together with teachers from Numwa School, who gather twice a week to meet the needs of the children at the school.
Imire Rhino and Wildlife Conservation were delighted to work along side Vawz in 2016, introducing for the first time to the Wedza Community the much needed campaign of sterilizing the dogs in the area. Vawz brought down a wonderful team of committed vets, who worked tirelessly for three days, educating and encouraging the rural people of the need to take on this responsibility. The welfare of the dogs after the operation was a joy to witness as was the pride of the owners.
This will hopefully be an on going programme, as the community members have realized the benefits of having a loyal one man dog by their side.
“What a difference a day can make.” Imire: Rhino and Wildlife Conservation are extremely proud to have taken part in a 24 hour run at Harare International School to raise money for an antipoaching dog to protect wildlife in Zimbabwe. For 24 hours, the whole community gets together to keep a sash moving for an entire day in order to raise money and awareness for a good cause! The Imire Team had a representative running for the full 24 hours! Thank you to Sharna Tobin and Brendan Tobin for inviting us to take part in this inspiring event.
Find out more about this wonderful initiative and Extremus K9 here: https://goo.gl/ZTD2pT
Imire strives to remain at the forefront of conservation in Zimbabwe. One of the most important roles of small conservancies is as a breeding nucleus for vital wildlife gene pools. Game capture and relocation is an essential part of conservation management and a perfect solution for the animals’ best interests for three reasons.Imire strives to remain at the forefront of conservation in Zimbabwe. One of the most important roles of small conservancies is as a breeding nucleus for vital wildlife gene pools. Game capture and relocation is an essential part of conservation management and a perfect solution for the animals’ best interests for three reasons.
1. Repopulation of wilderness areas where the species have been decimated through uncontrolled poaching
2. Strengthening and mixing the current gene pools between conservancy and wild populations.
3. Prevention of inbreeding in conservancy populations and velt management reducing possibilities of over grazing during the harsher dry seasons.
Imire is proud to have taken part in a ground-breaking capture involving sending healthy and viable population of more than 250 individual animals, including, Impala, Blesbok, wildebeest and warthog, from Zimbabwe to repopulate newly protected conservation areas all the way in DRC!The captures were carried out in two ways, with nets and with a make shift funnel leading directly into the truck. The net captures were undoubtedly voted the most adrenaline producing and exciting for our volutneers, definitely a once in a lifetime experience for us all.
The volunteers assisted the game capture team constructing a make shift rounded net with a radius of about 500m with an opening and curtains. We hid amongst tress within the net boma and waited. Working closely alongside the the incredibly talented capture team from AMWC volunteers and staff rounded up these animals, 10-20 at a time, like a cattle dog with sheep, and herded them into the boma. With the sounding siren, the curtain was closed, forming a boxed enclosure. The animals sprinted in all directions, eventually hitting the edges of the netted space.
This was the cue for “capturers” to run. Moving as fast as their legs would allow toward the animals fighting against the perimeters. We grabbed their legs, our partner blindfolding them to relax their strongest sense, and held them tightly. After a light sedative to help make the process as calm as possible we hoisted them onto our shoulders and carried the soon to be travelling animals, to the straw lined trucks. Next stop, the Congo.
Game capture was exciting, overwhelming, emotionally and physically testing for us all. An unbelievable experience for the team and volunteers at Imire. All involved will undoubtedly remember this unique time for many years to come, forever grateful to have been involved!