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.