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. …
I often get asked why I am involved with Friends of Hwange Trust? Why spend so much time fundraising and why specifically Hwange? The answer is quite simple. Someone has to do it and why not me? I’ve always had a passion for the bush and wish I could spend more time in it…
In 2005, after a severe drought, we heard that Hwange National Park was suffering due to lack of water, and my wife and I decided to go and assess the situation for ourselves. What we found was truly shocking – there were many dead and dying animals and abandoned young. Predators were so gorged many of them could hardly walk.
It was time to get involved and do something to help, …
For the last 10years Friends of Hwange Trust has worked tirelessly in the Park, mainly focusing on water projects but also assisting in other areas including maintenance, firebreaks, animal rescue and deployment of anti-poaching units.
For some time we have requested authority to build a small basic bush camp at Ngweshla Pan as this is certainly one of the most popular areas in the Park and boasts some of the best game viewing the Park has to offer. There is an existing campsite at the pan which is always booked up so there is definitely room for a second camp.
We are very happy to announce that this authority has just been granted and we hope to have the construction completed in the next few months.…
Thank you to all the people and organizations that have supported Hwange National Park over the years. It is very saddening when we loose some of our animals, for whatever reason, but we have to move forward and focus our efforts on maintaining the animals we still have and supporting the Park as a whole so it is there for not only our children, and their children, but also for future generations of animals. Our wildlife deserves and has the right to live free and safe in the African bush. Hopefully one day soon sanity will prevail and us humans will manage the planet without greed and corruption!
The Trustees of FOH are proud to inform all donors that 100% of donated money is used in the Park for the good of the animals. The Trust does not incur any running expenses outside of the Park and all work done by the Trustees is done so on a voluntary basis.
This year especially, and indeed most years, we are desperate to raise money to keep the Park going and to help make sure that the hundreds of thousands of animals living in the Park have enough water and are as secure as possible.
Our work in the Park is multifaceted and includes water supply, pan & road maintenance, fireguards, repairing erosion, animal rescue and deployment of anti-poaching units. We do all of these things and still find time to help people who have vehicle problems or just want advice on where best to find the elusive cats and dogs (elephant are not that hard to find in the dry season!)