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.
A project that hits the heart of saving and protecting future Rhino populations across Africa. Extremus K9’s Murwi will be deployed to Imire Rhino and Wildlife Conservation in February 2018. This is the front line of operational Anti Poaching Dog units, not just to deter would be poachers in poaching hot-spots, but to act as sworn protector and defender of a world renowned Rhino breeding programme. To say this is a special and meaningful project is an understatement, this is the future of conservation.
Without the support of H.I.S and their 24 hour run campaign this project would not be possible, we are dedicated to this project and with your help, we will be able to provide and offer continued conservation support to Imire, in the form of handler training, equipment, food and veterinary costs. Please visit our PayNow page if you would like to support this cause.
“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!
The past few weeks have been extremely exciting ones here at Imire! After having given birth to our newest calf Tafara on December 12th 2016 outside of our fence line Kamuchacha has now moved safely into Chiwawe at the corner most section of the conservancy. Kamuchacha is doing an amazing job of protecting her new calf, such a good job in fact – that even we are struggling to get a glimpse of her!
We are learning more and more every day about rhino behaviour, not just in general but about our individual rhino’s personalities. Shanu was happy to “share” Tafika (if at a distance!) but Kamuchacha feels safest when she and baby are tucked up into the thickest, densest bush she can find for most of the day. Reilly Travers and his team have been keeping a very close eye on the elusive pair – and have concluded that Kamuchacha has reverted to nocturnal behaviour only venturing out at night to browse.
We are thrilled to watch Kamuchacha settling into motherhood. New calves are a reminder of all we work so hard to achieve and protect here at Imire. Watch this space for more news and photos!