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New orphaned elephant calf This calf was left behind when an elephant herd was chased off some crops. The message from camp is: [more]

Eliska has arrived safely Letter from Ken Allen, CEO of DHL Express [more]

Letter to DHL employees re rhino (Eliska) translocation One of the things of which I am most proud is the support DHL has given to supporting animal conservation. [more]

Rhino translocation The upcoming rhino translocation of Eliska (booked for next week) is now fully arranged and DHL are doing an amazing job of organising their side of everything, including donating the flight, which is the most massive contribution. Dvur Kralove Zoo in Czech Republic and the Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA) are in constant communication, and the move is being filmed by Maverick. DHL are organising the social media and the hasktag #DHLRhino will be in evidence on Twitter. [link]

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Environmental Education Programme

Unseasonal rain has scuppered a couple of school visits, but these visits will be booked again when the roads are dry.  The Environmental Education bus is not allowed on the roads around the park after rain, as the roads are tertiary at best and extremely slippery post-rain. …link

Outreach

GAWPT has donated building materials to two schools over the past two months.  Gonja Secondary School and Kisiwani High School.  Both of these schools needed assistance to build one classroom. The handover of building materials was done officially, with District Officers present, alongside the school board of governors and representatives of the trust. …link

Wild dogs


One of the alpha females gave birth a few weeks ago.  The pups are in the den for at least a month before they come to the top of the den to begin feeding. The wild dog keeper has to keep his distance from the den to ensure that the alpha pair are not threatened by his presence. He also will have to check the number of pups and the health of the pups when they first emerge into view but, as with the rhino trackers, without disturbing the mother. …read more

Rhinos

Rhino calf is in good shape, although the trackers have to have a visual sighting every day without disturbing the mother.  Hyena are a big threat to a calf this small. Equally, if the mother is disturbed by the trackers, she could run off and abandon the calf for a few hours, so the trackers have to avoid this situation at all costs. …link

New calf for the female rhino, Rose

A radio call came in this afternoon from the Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary trackers.  Rose, one of the first females that arrived here in Mkomazi, had given birth to her second calf!  We all went down there and watched her drink with her baby calf - a girl.  Excellent news.  These early days for rhino calves are always worrying.  There are hyenas out there, as well as another aggressive female rhino who can take a dislike to another female's calves.  So although we are delighted, we still have many months to go before we can breathe a sigh of relief. …read more

Visit by secondary school students from Gonza village

Elisaria brought in a group of secondary school students from Gonja village.  They saw three elephant at our camp, including Nina's bull calf, which was lucky.  They were unable to see rhino because of the rain and standing water.  We have brought in over 700 pupils so far and it is always the highlight of the day to see rhino.  An elephant is a good alternative though! …link

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Suzuki (Holland) Rhino Club members visit Mkomazi

It was great to welcome two of the Suzuki Rhino Club (The Netherlands) members to Mkomazi with their wives.  Sadly, they were unable to see a rhino because of the recent (and unseasonal) rain which has left so much ground water and lush vegetation, so the rhino have scattered into the thick bush.  The trackers must have a visual sighting of every rhino once a day so duty rotas are critical to this, as pinning down a rhino in this vegetation is hard work.
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