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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 August -September 2010

Dear readers,
Already end of September and it starts to get hotter (almost 30C°). The trees have all shed their leaves and the ‘Msasa’ trees are already anticipating their rains at the end of November probably, by showing their fresh light green leaves.

In these months we had a varied program. Of course there were the regular patrol in the Gwayi area. Then in the beginning of September there was a request from National Parks if we would assist in tracking down rhino’s.
The national veterinary department had made a plan to dehorn as many rhino’s as possible, to discourage the poaching, for both the black and white rhino. Of course we assisted them together with other partners and in the end 4 rhino’s where dehorned.
It’s sad that it has to be this way, but better than the extinction from the species.
We hope there will be a lot of publicity around the dehorning which hopefully will prevent poachers from trying to follow them in vain, since they will not have the precious horn.

Thereafter we went to patrol the Shangani River to check if the situation now had improved. Unfortunately it did not take too much effort to find our first 70 snares. Probably there were more, but since people were hunting in the area we had to abandon the mission.
Two of our members came back from a three month training course from a sister organization in Victoria Falls (International Anti Poaching Foundation). They already provide the other team members with their knowledge and motivation. In their absence we still continued our work and did, on request from the Chief from the area, a patrol on the south side of Hwange National Park. Here also we were only allowed a few days because of the hunting, but it looks like the villagers do not poach much in this area. This mostly because they graze their own cattle in that area. We did found tracks from people entering the Park with domestic dogs (dogs are being used for poaching).

Tikki Hywood Trust
We received another request from the Tikki Hywood Trust to perform an anti Poaching training in the Eastern Highlands from Zimbabwe. We accepted and this will take place in November this year. Idea is to train about 12 people (under which 6 NP scouts) to secure this mountainous area in which some specific animals live like the Semango monkey and the endangered Blue Duiker. The monkey’s look like the more common ‘Vervet’ but live only in this area. The training does not mean that the rest of the team is not active. Our partners will assist in deploying them with our operations.

At the end of September we arrested twice a large Group of fishing people. They used mosquito nets to catch their fish in the Gwayi River. Fishing with these sort of nets is illegal.
Martin & team

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