Zimbabwe’s Horizon – Bleak once again!

After playing a waiting game of hope for nearly a year, we have woken up once again to find that what lies in front of us  is not a pretty picture, the hope and the ideas of development, have all but gone.  Instead, there is poverty, hunger, fires, hyper hyper inflation and a very low morale.

When traveling to the different projects which we are involved with through out Zimbabwe, we can not ignore how this hunger has hit every living mammal – from man to animal.  When man has to shoot his own livelihood in the form of his livestock due to the lack of food, you know that the situation can not really get much worst.  Most of Zimbabwe has been burnt and therefore the wildlife around Zimbabwe stands starving in the veld or dying.  The temperatures have started increasing and unfortunately there is no sign of early rains.

I have often heard people saying how cruel nature can be.  Right now we are having first hand experience of that.  On one hand you are privileged enough to see the beautiful colours in the Jacarandas, bougainvillea creepers, coral trees and then in contrast the straw coloured grasses.  Just when your mind starts to wander and you tell yourself how lucky you are to be apart of this amazing industry called conservation, you blink and the colours turn to orange flames and charred, burnt veld, which results in stravation for the animals.

Right now there are so many issues that need to be addressed and no light at the end of the tunnel for the wildlife, livestock and people of this country.   The frustration is paramount and with so many crisis’s to deal with it is hard to know which one to start with first.  We at the Trust are here and here to stay, it is important for us to know that  you the readers understand this.  As always we thank you for your support!

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  1. Posted October 13, 2008 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    Hi Lisa, the situation sounds dire. I found this on Youtube which shows graphically just how serious the situation is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NT_6GuDl-lE

  2. TheTeach
    Posted October 14, 2008 at 5:38 am | Permalink

    What is the situation for Zimbabwe’s elephants? We hear terrible news of poaching for meat and tusks. What is your perspective there, in country, on the ground? Zimbabwe once had one of the largest and healthiest populations of the giants. Now, I fear they won’t survive the catastrophy enveloping the country. We hear the national parks are being decimated of all wild life. What do you hear? Thanks.
    Best Wishes.

  3. Posted October 14, 2008 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    Dear Teach,

    Many thanks for your continued support and concerns regarding Zimbabwe. I shall endeavour to answer your questions within this comment. The situation in Zimbabwe be it on the ground or otherwise, is horrendous. It seems as though everything is running in the opposite direction to any form of conservation. All species of animals are being poached, including elephants. Zimbabwe did have one of Africa’s largest poplutions, which is very fortunate as maybe their excess numbers will get the species through this madness!

    There are conservation groups such as ours,who are trying to do as much damage control as possible. In our minds every living mammal is currently endangered, and therefore requires our assistance. We continue to live in hope that law and order will be returned to Zimbabwe. It is only when this has happened to we stand a chance in correcting the wrongs.

    Hope this provides you with some clarity.


  4. TheTeach
    Posted October 15, 2008 at 3:20 am | Permalink

    Dear Lisa
    Thanks for responding to my question. We’ll hope and pray that the power sharing agreement can move forward. If there could just be some stability established, one would hope the government and the international community could begin to confront the economic and humanitarian catastrophy that is unfolding. Clearly the human suffering must be brought under control before we can expect any respite for the wild flora and fauna. I hope it can come in time. It certainly matters significantly that your teams are present to save and preserve what you are able. You are very special people, working under dangerous and unpredicatable conditions. Please know that you are not alone, and there are others throughout the world who support your work and admire your dedication to that end. God Bless! Best Wishes.

  5. Pirjo,Finland
    Posted October 15, 2008 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    I don’t really have any words to describe the feelings that ran through me after I had read the posts on this blog. You are just the most amazing people willing to risk everything in order to save wildlife. There are just too much turmoil in Africa and there has to be a way to get people to understand what is going on over there..

    I’m saddened by the fact that too many people are just closing their eyes, because they can’t handle the pressure and bad news flooding in from Africa. Now more than ever it’s the time to get people involved. Climate change,war, economic downfall etc. is too much to handle for one country.

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