ABURI ELEPHANT CALF BADLY SNARED LEG – UPDATE – 18 – 24/8/2020

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REMEMBER: When Driving or walking,

Animals always have the right of way !!!! 

When we all work together we can make things happen.

Every voice raised in support of wildlife makes a difference…..

Remember, if you are in a Wildlife area, drive or walk with care and attention.

Respect the animals and give them the space to do what they do and go where they are going.

ZIMPARKS, KAWFT, AWARE TRUST, ZAMSOC

KARIBA RESIDENTS

KABURI ELEPHANT HERD – ELE CALF BADLY SNARED FRONT RIGHT LEG FIRST SEEN AUG 18 2020

As the bush dries up, water and food are important to every living creature.

Animals start moving in to what is left of water pans until the rains come again.

The thinning of the vegetation opens up a number of new and different sightings, some splendid, some agonisingly heart breaking.

We caught this Kaburi Herd approx 15 strong, on our camera, seen on 19/8/20

As the KAWFT team alerted the Authorities – Zimparks – that a young calf just over 3 years old, had a snare on the front right, both Parks, KAWFT and residents helped us daily to find and keep the Herd visual whilst the relevant permissions and huge organising was worked through.

Thanks to one generous pledge from Liam Hamilton-Potts and his business team in Dubai, through AWARE Trust, within days the Team was together to help this young Ele calf – ZIMPARKS, KAWFT, AWARE Trust,  ZAMSOC, Pilot and Helicopter.

Our much loved, Quarry Baby Mother Herd  (so easily identified by her 1 half ear and 1 Tusk)  joined the Kaburi Herd a few days after first sighting, bringing the herd to + 30.

This is always worrying as we have to try not to stress any animals unnecessarily (and ourselves !!)

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24/8/20

On the day of darting, the herds were near each other but were easily separated by the Helicopter.

In all matters of life, MOTHERS are MIGHTY WARRIORS when it comes to their families and this Ma was no exception, a very hairy experience for all as this Ma WAS NOT going to be separated from her baby. NJ the Pilot once again did a brilliant job co-coordinating not only the Elephant but all of us on the ground as well !

There is amazing emotional footage of this as she defends her baby and will not leave him.

We thought we may be on overkill this time with the amount of people we had for the whole operation but as it turned out,  Ma had to be darted as well and every hand on deck was needed as we dealt with the unfolding adrenaline high situation.

KABURI CALF

KABURI CALF MA

The snare, which turned out to be the worst of snares as it was the fine cable wire and had been on his little leg for months and was SO DEEP as it worked its way to the bone.

The depth of the snare caused much tissue damage but we are confident over a lengthy time period, this will all heal and the excruciating pain has most certainly been relieved as the cable was so close to the bone.

–      Trying to remove all these wire hairs that are twisted together from such a depth is a difficult job

–      X-rays were taken a couple of times by Dr Lisa Marabini to try and ascertain how close to the wire Dr Keith Dutlow was as they worked through it to try and find where the knot of the wire was, to try and have some STRONG leverage in pulling it ALL out and not leaving any twines behind.

All this whilst Dr Columbus Chaitezvi kept check on Ma and rolled her over to her other side as time ticked on and kept track of them both as everyone did their bit, keeping Ma and Calf well sprayed with water, monitoring their breathing etc.

Ma had a piece of steel in the pad of her foot but this was easily removed as it was not deep and wound spray sprayed on.

As the clock ticked and the fight was on to try and get a good leverage on the cable to pull all the wire out, a trailer was brought in as we thought we might have to load the calf and move away from Ma in order to wake her up.

IMAGINE a full toilet roll with the tissue paper tripled (being the now swollen leg) and the toilet inner the leg bone. Having to feel your way through the tissue to the cardboard inner, to find a cotton thread and pull it out with minimum damage to the tissue paper!!

AND THEN IT HAPPENS….. the 2nd  final piece of the cable is pulled out!

As always, when it finally happens, everything is over in a blink of an eye.

Urgency to get this little family back on their feet. Everyone packs up and loads vehicle and beats a hasty retreat.

The Eles are given the “wake up “ jab and the little one immediately makes his way to Ma with his very sore leg but soon to feel the relief from the wire being removed.

Always an exceptional operation with all those involved and it is at these times that we are reminded that we are so honoured to be teaming up with all the fantastic passionate people we work with through the blood, sweat and tears, hysterical laughs and pumping adrenaline, calm and emotional relief….. to right the wrong.

GIGANTIC THANK YOU – we could not have done it without every helping hand in every way, from First Sighting to the “Wake up “ relieving and removing the never ending pain inflicted by Poachers Snares, AS WELL as ALL OF YOU out there that help to support us and keep us in the Field.

For any donations, help offer, more info, or information on injured animals or incidents with Wildlife please contact below

kawf2011@gmail.com

KAWFT 

Debbie Ottman  0773 996 487– KARIBA

Sonya Mc Master  0772 874 352 – KARIBA

WHATSAPP  NUMBERS – for photos or messages

Sonya Mc Master 0778 733 784

Debbie Ottman 0784 512 921

Carl Nicholson  – Kariba Dangerous Drugs License Wildlife Darter 0773 279 746 – KARIBA

Tracey Evans – Harare representative  

(contact for donation drop offs etc.)

Whats app 0771 567 032

Phone number 0712 205 384

FACE BOOK –  https://www.facebook.com/KaribaAnimalWelfareFundTrustKariba/

WEB PAGE – www.kawft.org

BLOG – https://kawft.blogspot.com

DONATION PAYMENT OPTIONS

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ECO CASH MERCHANT NUMBER

Kariba Animal Welfare Fund Trust  

241631

ECO CASH REGISTERED NUMBERS for donations below

Sonya Mc Master (Registered Name – Stroebel) 0772 874 352

Debbie Ottman  0773 996 487

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ACC NAME – KARIBA ANIMAL WELFARE FUND TRUST

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Keep Zimbabwe clean

Littering is an offence.

Avoid prosecution by not littering. .

Report all environmental crimes:

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PARKS & WILDLIFE

ZIMPARKS SENIOR RANGER / WILDLIFE OFFICER – NYANYANA   Itai Siabulembu – 0716 519 361 Cell, Sms or Whats App  

ZIMPARKS SENIOR RANGER / WILDLIFE OFFICER – PETERS POINT   Concilia Dahwa – 0772 907 134 Cell, Sms or Whats App  

MUNICIPAL SECURITY – for Municipal areas

MUNICIPAL SECURITY OFFICER – Mr Maravanyika  0773 523426

KAWFT

Sonya Mc Master  0772 874 352 – KARIBA

Debbie Ottman  0773 996 487– KARIBA

WHATSAPP  NUMBERS – for photos or messages

Debbie Ottman 0784 512 921

Sonya Mc Master 0778 733 784

Carl Nicholson  – Kariba Dangerous Drugs License Wildlife Darter 0773 279 746 – KARIBA

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