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. Indian Newspaper
"the Hitvada"
reports about Martin's visit in October, 2006

. "The Times of India" online reports about anti-poaching in TATR (Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve) and Mr Dhanwatey collaboration with Martin...
Zimbabwe, Newsletter November 2009

Dear readers,
As to be expected November was a very warm but also dry month in Zimbabwe. Only two showers from some importance were received in the Hwange area.
Despite what a lot of people think, it’s not only the water pans that are used to use the maiming snares. Places that are chosen by particular species to graze or to rest are also being used by experienced poachers to get to their victims. Buffalo’s in particular, often in combination with some smaller snares for smaller animals. Buffalo’s because they produce a lot of meat which is highly appreciated by the market. The illegal market that is.

This month, most of the snares we found were set for these buffalo’s.
The number of snares this month compared to the same month last year has increased with 146. 272 snares were removed, all for mammals.

The question: ‘You know how many snares you have removed, but how many animals did you save?’ is often asked. There is no 100% answer on this question, but we will try to answer the question in the following year if we have all the data over 2009. We will try not to become too theoretical, but this question is certainly worth to be explored. The question: ’How effective are snares really?’ is also a question that keeps us busy. This question is in theory easier to answer then the first.
Since the end of the year is coming nearer, we organized a meeting/dinner at ‘my’ house at ‘Katshana’(which means: far away place). By this time I can shamelessly say that I can cook a reasonable stew (from the ox we slaughtered together) and so we did. During the food and drinks we evaluated our last year of operation. The team admitted that compared to the previous year the team was more used to each other and also more ‘bush wise’. This certainly had an impact on this year’s successful result. We will try our best to repeat this success in the year to come.

Until next month,

Martin & Team

Buffalo’s at Dete Vlei