News & Updates
Buffalo’s at Dete Vlei
Zimbabwe, Newsletter May 2010
I am writing from Holland this time.
There are here some things that have to be done for the foundation and the
team is, once a year, in title of ‘long leaf’. Obviously I combine this with my
absence. The guys enjoy a four week period off and will be on duty again on
the 5th of June.
In the previous report I wrote about the combined patrol with Forestry
Commission. We did an approximately 5 day patrol at the edge of the forest.
Aim was the apprehension of a notorious poacher. Unfortunately this did not
happen. The poacher escaped from an arrest just before our patrol and was
therefore sought by the Police. Despite the fact that we knew he was around
his home stead, the perpetrator was left for now. We hope that he will be
arrested in the near future.
During this patrol some wire snares were removed. Less than expected so
we were right with our suspicion that it was indeed this poacher that was now
keeping a low profile.
Good news: The elephant cow that was badly maimed (a wire snare around
her right hind leg) was darted by colleagues and relieved from the nasty
To make sure we can treat these animals ourselves in the future, I bought
the necessary needles, syringes and other materials now we are in the
possession of the permit to do such activities.
Currently I am waiting for the renewal of my Temporary Employment Permit
which expired last month, so fingers crossed! The team however will start in
June even with me not being there. They are equipped with all necessities to
Until next month !
Best regards, Martin & team