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25th anniversary held at the Royal Georgraphical Society On September 25th the trust celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Mkomazi Project with a reception at the Royal Geographical Society in the presence of our patron HRH Princess Michael of Kent and HRH Prince Michael. Some 150 supporters and funders enjoyed the premier of a new film, produced by Jake Thomson, Astrid Harbord and Henry Morley, on Tony Fitzjohn’s life in Africa. That was followed by a stirring speech by Elisaria Nnko, the project’s Operations Manager and the longest serving employee at Mkomazi. Many of those present had met Elisaria in Tanzania over the years so it was a real treat to have him in London and witness the pride he takes in the project. [more]

New photos of rhino calves and Mr BRRRR Three new photos: [more]

Rhino sanctuary Fence repair and replacement is done on a continual basis.  Road works, drainage ditches, maintenance of existing roads are also carried out on a continual basis by the JCB, Fastrac and Cat grader. We were able to raise funds for a new digital radio system, which is a great addition to security.  The engineers are here now installing it. [more]

African wild dogs We have the full infrastructure in place to manage, breed, vaccinate and reintroduce the wild dogs, but the feed regime is such a rigorous task as there can be no failure in the daily meat supply.  These dogs can never have enough meat and it really does add to their overall health. [more]

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Gonja Secondary School

We have given a further donation of cement and roofing sheets to Gonja Secondary School for their new science block and are looking into the possibility (in the long term) of helping the school add on a vocational college for tertiary education.  This would involve education in skills such as mechanics, electrical works, plumbing and carpentry. …link

Wild dogs

Wild dogs are all in good shape.  An alpha female has recently given birth to pups although we will not see them emerge from the den until they are about a month old …link

Czech rhinos

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Baby elephant latest

Our new baby elephant continues to do well. His keepers, Ombeni and Thomas, call him Mr BRRRRR because of the noise he makes when he meets them. The best case scenario would be for him to go the Sheldricks in Kenya as rearing baby elephants, which need milk (preferably their mother's) for the first two years of life, is extremely difficult. There is a meeting with TANAPA next week to see if we can obtain the necessary permits to get him there. …link

Baby elephant update

We think he must be about three weeks old. He has no teeth and his tusks haven't started to come through.  His blanket is his thing, as it is like being under his mother's legs. We simply don't know what happened to his mother. There are no elephant carcasses anywhere around, so we are at a loss to understand why he was abandoned, or lost. He is now rehydrated, much calmer and friendly. There are lots of guys in camp who are great with him. He is in a little daily routine, which apparently is what they really need. The Sheldrick Trust in Kenya have been giving us advice as this is what they do all the time. The baby milk formula (SMA Gold) is very expensive. It's the only brand that works on baby elephants and he gets through masses every day. Some pictures have been put in the gallery section …link

Infrastructure and education

A group of school children from Gonja Secondary School came in on Saturday as part of the Rafiki wa Faru environmental education programme. …read more

Wild dog

We released five wild dogs yesterday on the Mkomazi / Tsavo border.  They took off and, from a flying recce yesterday evening and this morning, we see that they have travelled into the Superbowl and are resting up there …link

Rhino sanctuary

Meanwhile, work continues in the Rhino Sanctuary.  New water pans have been constructed in preparation for the new incoming rhinos from Port Lympne in the UK.  New internal fences are being put up to help create paddocks for these Port Lympne rhinos.  New internal steel gates have been manufactured in Arusha and are now being installed. …link