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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...
Wijk bij Duurstede (NL), Newsletter August 2011

Dear readers,

Already august and summer in Holland. A wet one as almost usual, unlike the weather we are used to in Africa.

What has happened in the past time? At first we had the open garden weekend at the end of June. The weekend was saved by the Sunday; On Saturday heaven opened its flood gates and we had rain the whole day! But our voluntary staff did not let their heads hang down and on the Sunday it was hard to keep up with the incoming visitors. This day was sunny and everybody seemed to be willing to make the best out of their weekend. A few hundred visitors came to see the beautiful garden and lots of people where very impressed with the story we had to tell. It ended up in extra tips on top of the entree fee and we also managed to sell some 'snare art' and other related items.

Two weeks after this weekend we came together with all the volunteers and had a lovely barbeque in the beautiful and now quiet garden from Gezinus and Corry. They all did a terrific job and we would like to thank all of them once again in this report!

At the same time the ALL4AP team, now under supervision from the Hwange Lion research project is making small progress in Hwange National Park. Together with Wilderness Safari's they are trying to get a feet on the ground in the south east of the Park.

I am writing this just before I will return to Zimbabwe. I will first stay in Harare to arrange the necessary paperwork, needed to be able to perform the next job I will be taking on, which will be the one of a trainer/coach and to a lesser extend the one as manager from a team. We hope this 'paper period' will not consume too much of my time, so we can get started with the things we want to do; To train and freshen up minds of motivated rangers and scouts! We already committed to do one in the Vumba (Eastern Highlands) again and of course I will return to Hwange for a while to see how things are on the ground.

Great news from the Vumba: more and more Bush buck and Blue duiker are seen and even a family of leopard have been seen on a number of occasions! This is no doubt because the team is keeping the forest clean from trespassers.

In Holland we discussed the future and we decided that I will be doing this work in Africa for approximately 50% of the year. The other 50% I will stay in Europe to support my family. We want to inform you about this, so you will not be surprised if I am not in Zimbabwe for some time. In the end we actually aim for the fact to be unnecessary.. but for now there is plenty to do! In September I will update you again of our work.

Best regards,