We are always grateful for donations large and small that caring people all over the world are kind enough to send to us. Without these contributions, we cannot do our conservation work, and many animals in Hwange National Park would die.
Last week Hazel Rushton, an ex-Zimbabwean now living in the UK, contacted us. Her partner, Leigh recently celebrated his 50th birthday. Hazel and Leigh set up a website and suggested family and friends donate cash in lieu of gifts into this fund. There was a great response, and as a result of this, Hazel and Leigh have sent a donation to Friends of Hwange Trust. The amount will provide a drink for many elephants, numerous smaller animals and countless birds. What a wonderful gesture. Leigh, Hazel and your family and friends, many thanks from FOH and the wildlife of Hwange.
Gary Cantle is our man on the ground in Hwange, and he is responsible for the hands on work Friends of Hwange Trust does in the park. Gary is absolutely passionate about his work, and has a special place in his heart for elephants. He spends long hours driving to remote locations in extreme heat to maintain the engines that pump water, and supply the diesel needed to run them. He incessantly has to deal with one crisis pan after another day in and day out. For him things get tougher and tougher as the dry season progresses and as he is forced to witness scenes of animal distress. Gary will not take a day off until the end of November when the rains set in, and at the end of the dry season each year he is always exhausted.
The situation water wise will reach crisis point in the next two months. …