Exciting black rhino update!
One of our female black rhino, Kamuchacha has just given birth to her second calf!
As many of you know, most of our rhino are now free-roaming around the conservancy. Kamchacha is not allowing us a close up of her new baby yet, but any sighting is a good sighting and this glimpse was caught on video early this morning. Our newest addition has been named “Khanya” meaning ‘Light’ in Ndebele by ProFeeds Zimbabwe, whose continual support is invaluable and so deeply appreciated by Imire.
Thank you also to our incredible scouts – every rhino birth is testament to your dedication and passion. With fewer than 600 black rhino remaining in Zimbabwe, every new birth is truly a victory for the conservation efforts in this country. Thank you to everyone involved!
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.
As always, community projects are constantly on the go. This month, the volunteers played a huge part in assisting with the development of the vegetable garden at Chizungu school, and educating the community members on permaculture. This is such a valuable project empowering women and children with long term sustainability skills.
Imire Rhino and Wildlife Conservation would like to express our gratitude to Steve Potter from Apple Crumble Macintosh Service and Support who so kindly donated an Apple Computer to our local Numwa School. This extremely generous donation was facilitated by one of our ex-volunteers, Rose Dunne. A very special women who volunteered at Imire last year and who has placed her care and concern for our Imire community at the forefront of her mind, we cannot thank Rose enough for her ongoing kindness and generosity.
This donation has changed the lives of many individuals at the local school, and it is thoughtful people like this who make such a positive massive impact in the lives of our community members.
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Imire Rhino and Wildlife Conservation have been working closely on project Murwi with Extremus K9 over the last 8 months, with the incredible support of Harare International School to purchase and train a highly trained Dutch Shepherd dog, to assist us in our anti-poaching and tracking operations.
Phase 1 of our own operational dual role Dog Murwi’s training is being carried out in the UK at the Extremus K9 base and Phase 2 starts in March 2018, where Murwi will be deployed to Imire to begin her life as an operational Anti-Poaching Dog.
Reilly Travers from Imire and Darren Priddle from Extremus had the privilege of visiting Save Valley Conservancy and working with Bryce Clements and his top team of handlers, Matthias and Samuel alongside their dogs – Extremus K9′ trained Polaris and Rogue, who were sent to Save in August 2016. It was an absolute honour for Reilly Travers and members of the Imire team to watch such professional, well trained dogs, who play such a vital role in anti-poaching and tracking operations.
Darren Priddle said of the experience “Extremus Rogue and Polaris, who we sent over in August 2016, are some of the best operational dual role dogs I have seen to date. The intricate foundations we laid, alongside Bryce’s input and knowledge have allowed the dogs to become so proficient at tracking that they are easily capable of detecting 6+ hour old spore and commit to 10km+ tracks, including being able to do this all at night at just 2 years old. A true testament to the passion and dedication of Bryce Clements and his team of handlers, an amazing sight to behold and one we are super proud to have played an integral part in.”
The visit to Save Valley has given all at Imire further drive, motivating and inspiration for our own anti-poaching operations. We cannot wait to meet Murwi and have high hopes and great ambition that she too will join the ranks of Polaris and Rogue, and be one of the greatest tracking dogs and defenders of endangered rhino in Africa.
Would you like to help support us in incorporating Murwi, a future Anti-Poaching Dog into our conservancy in March 2018? Find out more about our efforts to raise funds here: http://www.extremusk9.co.uk/project-murwi.html
Your Donation will help towards the cost of a kennel for Murwi, ongoing food and veterinary costs, training and essential first aid kits for the handlers.