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People We were honoured that the Prime Minister of Tanzania, Hon. Mizengo Kayanza Peter Pinda and his wife Tunu, were able to take the time to travel to Gonja to lay the foundation stone of the Gonja Mheza Vocational Training Centre (VTC).  Also there were Ted van Dam and Dik Dekker of the Suzuki Rhino Club; Anne Kilango Malecela, the MP for Same; the District Commissioner, Herman Kapufi and many other regional, district and town officials. [more]

Rhino and Mr BRRRR The two rhino calves are doing extremely well and we are hopeful that there will be two more births over the next few months. One of our senior rhino trackers has been working with Dr Peter Morkel and Dr Idrissa Chuma in the Serengeti National Park on rhino conservation.  Pete was then able to travel to Mkomazi with TANAPA. [more]

Infrastructure We are continuing to work with TANAPA on the road maintenance in the park.  The rains are now taking hold so the work that has been done on the main access roads by the Trust’s plant machinery has been timely.  We are also working with TANAPA on a big project to develop another large water source in Mkomazi National Park for the elephant herds and other wildlife (oryx, buffalo, zebra, giraffe etc).  Elephant numbers continue to be much lower than in previous years, which can only be due to the massive poaching on the Kenya side of the border. [more]

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]

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TANAPA

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

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