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.
Reilly Travers who runs the conservancy. A man who is 100% devoted and completely passionate about the work he does here at Imire, he is living a genuine legacy. Reilly is in the process of fulfilling his dream and following his grandfather’s footsteps and his goal is to ultimately release black rhino back into the Zambezi Valley where he spent a lot of time as a young boy.
The matriarch of Imire – the inspiring Judy Travers Imire. We are blessed beyond words to have this incredible woman at the helm of our conservation and community efforts. Anyone who has met Judy knows that just a few moments in her presence is enough to fill you with compassion, zest and contagious enthusiasm. Judy works tirelessly for the good of all, both animal and human, and encompasses everything a role model, leader and mother should be