George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trustelephants


Outreach GAWPT has always wanted to help construct a VTC.  With the great backing and support of the Suzuki Rhino Club, we were able to raise funds from the Suzuki Rhino Club ambassadors, the Watoto Foundation, Wilde Ganzen and the Fentener van Vlissingens.  Noud van Hout of the Watoto Foundation has overseen all the construction of the VTC and this is nearing completion. [more]

Park infrastructure TANAPA very kindly lent us their bulldozer to put in a water pan close to our camp, to be used hopefully by the small elephant herds that move around our camp for many months of the year.  TANAPA have also constructed a water pan in between their HQ and our camp in an area called Norbanda, and this is now used by wildlife, most significantly the small elephant herds. [more]

Wild dogs and Mr BRRRRR The wild dogs are breeding well and we have recently taken a family of 6 wild dogs (3 brothers, 3 sisters) over to the reintroduction compound on the Tsavo / Mkomazi border for release. [more]

Rhinos With the help of Daryll Pleasants of White Paw Training, we have brought in two tracker dogs (Belgian Mallinois breed) to help with the anti-poaching patrols for the Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary.  TANAPA are supportive of this and their Chief Park Warden, Ecologist and Veterinary Officers have been here to help advise on this new project.  The tracker dogs are still young and in training and we have had fantastic help with both highly skilled training and the provision of equipment from Daryll and Donna Pleasants.  The tracker dog team also went to Lake Manyara in Tanzania and Ol Pejeta Ranch in Kenya for initial training. [more]


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The Queen's visit to Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo hosted Semu Pallangyo and Tony last month when Her Majesty The Queen visited the Zoo and we were all absolutely delighted when Semu was introduced to The Queen.  Semu and Tony also travelled to Port Lympne Wild Animal Park for a meeting on the upcoming translocation and for Semu to see the rhinos destined to travel to Mkomazi …link

Environmental Education Programme

The environmental education programme continues to be a wonderful day out for the Tanzanian students, and Chester Zoo have recently drafted and printed a brilliant Rafiki wa Faru Activity Book so that each student has something to take home at the end of their day in Mkomazi.  This Activity Book was planned with an enormous amount of thought and depth, based on the experiences of both the education department at Chester Zoo and the experiences of the Trust personnel here in Mkomazi …link

Wild dogs

Two of our alpha female wild dogs have given birth to litters of pups and we now have 52 wild dogs in the breeding compounds.  All except the alpha pairs will be reintroduced back into the wild. We have a pair of wild dogs living outside of the compounds and the female gave birth last night.  It is her first litter and we hope that the pups survive. …link

New rhinos!

We are now awaiting the arrival of the three black rhino from the Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent, a donation to the Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary by The Aspinall Foundation.  DHL are flying the animals out to Tanzania as a donation to the project.  We are immensely grateful to The Aspinall Foundation, DHL and Tusk Trust for putting this incredible rhino translocation together …link


TANAPA and the Trust continue to work very closely on all aspects of the management of Mkomazi National Park and the various programmes that the Trust undertakes. …link

Semu meets the Queen

Semu, our rhino sanctuary manager,  met the Queen at Chester Zoo yesterday (see photo gallery) and they had a bit of a chat!  As you do when you have come all the way from Mkomazi! …link

Mr BRRRRR has started teething

He is doing fine, but currently going through teething.  So we are keeping our fingers crossed that he makes it through this tough time.  Daphne Sheldrick has advised us that teething can be a very vulnerable period for orphaned elephants as without their mother's milk, their immunity is very low. …link

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