In some good news for the Mambanje community, situated on the border of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, a crucial donation was received from guests who recently stayed at Somalisa Camp and enjoyed a visit to the community during their stay.
Kim and David Stewart from Scotland became very interested in the Projects at Mambanje Village, in particular, the cattle bomas they visited – when the famous maize video was posted. One of the priorities for 2018 funding is to source salary contributions for guardians to continue working on the WILDCRU Hwange Lion Research Guardian Programme.
The support from Mr & Mrs Stewat means that Mr Polite Chipembere, whom has been a valuable asset to the project, his costs covered for two years! The total donation of US$8,000 will mean that Polite will be empowered to continue driving this hugely successful project forward and assist in working towards the future goals of the project.
Future goals for the project:
- Source further funding to go towards a Livestock Health Program, following a successful 1-year trial period, gratefully funded by the French veterinary supplier Virbac, with the help of Odyssey for Change and Vet Dr Julie Garnier
- Erecting more bomas for Mambanje and surrounding villages
- Employing additional Lion Guardians to assist the current guardian
One ambition for the project is the continuation of a Livestock Health Program, which has been running successfully during a 1-year trial period, aimed to provide regular and attentive veterinary care for community members who participate in the Mobile Cattle Boma initiative. During the initial year of the Livestock Health Program (with approval from Andy Loveridge of WILDcru‘s the Hwange Lion Research Project) a “cattle crush” to help direct cattle movement has been installed, ear tags and vaccines have been utilised with meticulous recording, naming, ageing numbering of all the cattle using the bomas. Strict records are now being kept on all of them.
The veterinary care is a powerful value-add for the cattle and villagers and further incentivize the collaborative usage of a method that contributes to avoiding human/wildlife conflict as well as assists to fertilize soil in the areas they are erected.
Our Conservation Manager, Mr Richard Hoare has begun to work on the Livestock Cattle Health Program at the welcome of the cattle owners, but further funding is sorely needed to keep the program going. Below are a few images of recent vaccinations being done in Mambanje Village.