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News from Hwange – end Oct 2015

News from Hwange – end Oct 2015

Gary loves elephants, and has a special place in his heart for them – which is just as well as much of the work he does centers around the great, grey pachyderms. He refers to them as “Our Friends” and at times when they test him severely as “Long Nosed Pigs!” This is an update from Gary received today – 27 October 2015:   “We’ve been fully busy these last two weeks repairing pipes and making sure everything that can…

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All in a Day’s Work

All in a Day’s Work

ANIMAL RESCUE In the course of his work, Gary is quite often called upon to rescue animals trapped in mud. Whilst drinking and bathing, elephants churn up tons of soil, which, when the water recedes, leaves black, sticky sludge in the bottom of the pan – a potential death trap for young animals searching for a drink or to play in the mud. We asked Gary how he goes about rescuing such animals, and this is what he said:

Hwange Dry Season

Hwange Dry Season

For those that have not visited Hwange in the dry season, let us set the the scene:   Leafless trees stretch their branches to the cloudless sky in a silent plea. Stubby grass tufts and dry twigs crackle and snap underfoot. Carpets of crunchy leaves, red, orange and brown dance and whirl like mini dervishes in the wind. The heat at midday is breathless, when temperatures soar and even the birds stop their endless song and busy foraging for fat…

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The Power of One

The Power of One

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…

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