Project news! Pangolin release and new arrivals

7 June 2018

Our Primate Conservation programme in Zimbabwe has had a busy month, with several new orphans arriving at the sanctuary, and a successful pangolin release.

In May the sanctuary had a call from a local community member who had saved a pangolin which had inadvertantly wandered into his village - at great risk to itself. The sanctuary were very grateful for the call and were able to collect the pangolin, evaluate its health and successfully release the beautiful creature back into the wild - all within the space of a few days. Rescues and releases are not always successful, so it was heartwarming to know that this one had gone well.

Pangolins are a critically endangered species, suffering from a traditional belief that their scales can be used for medicinal purposes. Similar to rhino horn, pangolin scales are made of keratin, the same fibrous protein which makes up fingernails and hair. Burgeoning illegal international trade, increased local trade, habitat loss and a lack of awareness are the main threats facing pangolins, and it is always a priviledge to know that one more pangolin is safe.

This month the sanctuary also released one of the vervet monkeys, Tikki, originally brought to the sanctuary for rehabilitation. Because he wasn't imprinted on humans, he can be released as a solitary male, back into the wild where, in time, he will find a new troop to join.

A year after his rescue, after his mum was killed in a snare, little Jupiter the impala was released earlier in the month to the sanctuary's phase 2 release site. Jupiter has had some adjusting to do and has already fought a (losing) battle with a local bee hive. This is all part of his ongoing learning process to survive on his own, and in time he will hopefully be able to join up with the wild herds.

New arrivals!

May was a busy month for arrivals, with several new orphans arriving.

Owen is a juvenile barn owl, kicked out of his nest
Mbira - a little squirrel, origin unknown - he will be treated and released
Timmy - a bush baby who was hit by a car, who has already been successfully treated and released
City Boy - the baby Zebra collected more than 1,000km from the sanctuary, and brought for a second chance with a loving family, who will assist him with his journey back to the wild. His mother had been killed by a lion in one of the National Parks. City boy loves helping in the volunteer house..

We are in love with the amazing work that the sanctuary do, and encourage all volunteers interested in learning about animal care, rehabilitation and release, to think about joining the project!

We are also offering a combination Conservancy and Rehabilitation Experience, for volunteers who want to work alongside endangered animals, including rhinos and elephants, and also get involved with the sanctuary. Find out more by clicking on the links below!

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