Twala Trust January Newsletter

Torrential Rain and Tantrums!
Torrential rain has left Twala lush and green with rivers flowing and our dam spilling. After a dam burst upstream from the Sanctuary, we sustained considerable damage from flash floods; animal habitats and roads were washed away but thankfully the animals were unharmed. Patrick the Pig lost his house in the flood and then proceeded to add to our woes by throwing a 200 kilogram tantrum and destroying the stable he had been temporarily housed in. Patrick continues to sulk and is not happy at all about having to share a house with the chickens!
Healing for Horace
Horace the vervet monkey has made a remarkable recovery after the trauma of electrocuting himself on a high voltage power line and losing an arm. Watching him race across the lawn on his back legs, with a few casual somersaults in between, is proof that he has adapted incredibly well. He is still capable of all the mischief we expect of him – raids on the pantry and ambushing the other long-suffering human and animal residents of the volunteer house.
New Arrivals
Twala has had an influx of recent arrivals including Louie the sulphur crested cockatoo, 2 white faced owls and an eagle owl that will be released back into the wild, 6 Egyptian geese now live happily on our dam, 11 baby tortoises, Bambi the goat and Ferdinand the bull. Ex race horses, Spirit and Shelley, have found a forever home at Twala after being rescued from horrific neglect and abuse on a mine; they will both need long-term rehabilitation. Clara the puppy has settled in nicely and has taken quite a shine to Sophie the baby ostrich, who has a severe injury to her leg and will need patience, love and gentle physio to help her walk again. Benjamin the Ecclectus parrot and his sidekick Cocky the cockatiel create havoc, egged on by the absolutely fabulous, and somewhat famous, Casper the umbrella cockatoo who regularly lets the others out their cages. Casper’s exceptional taste in music sees him spending his days dancing to the Blues and following our extremely patient housekeepers around, constantly chatting and grumbling, while they attempt to carry out various domestic duties. If you need a laugh, watch Casper’s video here.
We were also able to offer a retirement home to 3 senior dogs, one of whom had spent a year in SPCA kennels, as well as an abandoned 3 legged dog called Red. Michel the rescue kitten, who was dumped in a bucket in a ditch, found a perfect forever home, and Sophie the rescue cat travelled with her devoted owners to a new life in the Philippines. Two of our rescue dogs, Scooby and Peanut, are headed to happy new lives in Scotland and Germany.
Harriet’s Adventures
Harriet the serval cat caused us sleepless nights for a week after she headed off on an adventure into the wild. She returned looking lean and disheveled but full of smug serval secrets as to where she had been and what she had been up.
Vaccinations, Sterilizations and Food!
Our free community vet clinic for rural dogs in the area surrounding Twala is a hugely positive and successful community outreach programme that has seen over 1,000 dogs sterilized and 1,500 vaccinated since 2015, as well as numerous sick and injured dogs treated, all free of charge. We feed 500 rural dogs each week – a happy day that we all look forward to. Owners must bring their dogs to be registered, sterilized and vaccinated and can then become eligible to bring their dogs for a weekly nutritious meal. Knowing that Tuesday is feeding day at Twala, some of the dogs simply arrive without their owners! We have just completed a mass sterilization campaign at Twala in conjunction with Aware Trust Vets Rodwell and Eugene. 48 sterilizations were carried out, 2 cases of biliary and 1 parvo pup were treated. 1 dog required stitches and 1 was treated for severe burns. 1 cat was spayed and 1 treated for an eye infection. 2 elderly dogs suffering from malnutrition have now been added to the feeding programme together with the 48 animals sterilized.
Amazing Volunteers
Our volunteer programme has commenced for 2017 with the arrival of volunteers from Australia, Sweden, Norway and South Africa. Having a house full of dedicated animal lovers who have traveled so far to help us with our work at Twala is a great privilege and we look forward to welcoming volunteers throughout the year. The volunteers passing through Twala in the first month of the year have been the most incredible people. Twala is hectically busy from dawn to dusk and our volunteers have helped in every single aspect, while braving the difficult weather conditions. Thank you all for being part of the Twala Family, for coming to Zimbabwe and for being such wonderful people, full of energy and love for the Twala animal residents, and for sharing your Volunteer House with so many of them – yes it’s a little crazy but it’s the best fun ever! Join the Volunteer page to see what our volunteers have been up to.
Day Visits
Casper’s endless chatting and eating of other people’s lunch does not appear to have put day visitors off. Just a reminder that those wishing to do day visits that booking is necessary. You can call Sarah on 073 343 6239 or Collin on 077 431 2887 to make a booking. Take your picnic or braai along and just enjoy being with the Twala animals in this beautiful scenery.
As Twala grows and the need for a safe haven for all kinds of animals increases, so we are constantly building new facilities. Heartfelt thanks to Sherrol D’Elia and her family and friends for making it possible for us to build a care facility for young animals and to Teresa Gasston for a donation to construct a large and much needed aviary, we are very grateful to you both. Thanks also to the Potgeiter family, Forpets Dog Food, KFC and Hukuru, Food Lover’s Market, Feedmix, Rosie Bruce, Revolta’s Roots, Karin Tieche, Enid Graver, Carole Graham, the Forsythe family, Gift of the Givers, Lara Clemence, The Twenty Four Hour Vet, Joanne Lubbe, Sharon Nicholls, Troy Prinsloo, ZimBiz, Zimkings, Rosie Mitchell and ZimTrader, The Cheeseman, Dr Mark Lombard, Di Fynn, Friend Foundation, Harare SPCA and ZNSPCA, Melanie Sheehan, Barbara Calligaris, Ariel School, Mark Pozzo, Rena Stead, Sue Roberts, the Mooljee family, Beverly Bridger, Brookfield, the Leach family, Binder, and The Ultimate Diary. Thank you all for your continued support.
New Twala Member
We are delighted to welcome Tracey Hugill to the Twala Trust. Tracey will be coordinating our volunteer programme and assisting with much needed fundraising.
And on that note!
Aside from Patrick the Pigs house needing repair, Twala lost several poles and fences in the flooding, primarily those surrounding the duiker enclosure. Thankfully, regular volunteer Chris Wade and Twala staff immediately wrestled with temporary repairs but Twala needs to remodel some areas in anticipation of future flooding as well as replace damaged fencing and poles. We have seen an upsurge in animals arriving at Twala for help and at least two more enclosures are also needed.
Wish List!
You knew this was coming! If anyone can help with some of our needs it would, as always, be so appreciated. We are in need of wheelbarrows, a pick axe, shovels, a large chainsaw, cement, gum poles, metal poles, roof sheeting, fencing, tying wire, wooden pallets, tea chests and bricks. If you are able to donate financially payment details are below, and thank you, we appreciate how difficult times are right now. We assure you that every dollar does help and will be wisely used to benefit the animals. Assisting to feed the multitude of animals helps so much: horse feed, rabbit pellets, chicken feed, game cubes, rice, vegetable seeds, fruit tree seedlings (we try to grow as much for the animals as we can). Or help with staff meals: mealie meal, soya mince, kapenta and beans. Twala lost 2 deepfreezes during the storms (one strike blew the surge protector as well as the deepfreeze!) and we have been offered a kindly used second hand deepfreeze for $200 so we are trying to raise the funds for that. This will be used for storing predator meals and if you can help we would appreciate it very much. We do ask that anyone who donates, whether financially or with goods in kind, to please email Tracey to advise her of your donation so we can receipt you and thank you –
Thank you to you all for your support and your kindness – we are all so grateful to you for all you do to give our rescued animals the lives they deserve. It would not be possible without your help.
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