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BLOG January 16, 2016

CHIP CHIP HOORAY - 3 CHEERS FOR WILDLIFE RESCUES!

The team at Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage spent the festive season doing plenty of good deeds, as they took in one orphaned animal after another!

bushpig

First arrival was a little bushpig just before Christmas. The poor fellow had been attacked by dogs and was rescued by a kind lady named Bree, who took him to Chipangali. The little pig was initially named Bree in her honour, but turned out to be a little boy – Meet “Breezer!”

mallard duckling

Hard on Breezer’s hoof was an orphaned Mallard duckling. It promptly adopted Chipangali manager Kevin’s son Ryan as its Dad. Zimbabwe is experiencing an extremely hot summer, so Ryan and his charge enjoy taking to the pool for swimming lessons.

darted wildebeest

Christmas had barely passed when Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage received a call from the Matopos National Parks team to request Kevin’s assistance in the removal of a snare from a bull wildebeest in the park. Kevin immobilised the wildebeest and cut the snare from its neck. This did not seem to be the first time the unlucky guy had been caught in a snare as there was an old wound on his front leg. He was given a dose of antibiotics to prevent an infection from setting in and took off for the Matopos Hills, apparently no worse for wear.

rangers with wildebeest

The event was quite a milestone for Chipangali in that it was evidence of their growing relationship with National Parks. It would have been far easier for the parks staff to euthanise the animal, but instead they contacted Chipangali and were actively involved in the procedure, with ranger Oscar Nyati lending a hand.

cupid and volunteer

To top it off, 2016 started off with a extra cute new arrrival: Cupid the vervet monkey. Cupid was orphaned when his mother was shot by security guards who were guarding crops. Such casualties in human-wildlife conflict are far from rare: Monkeys and baboons can cause serious damage to the crops and livelihoods of local farmers, who take drastic measures. When Cupid’s mother was shot, he was still clinging to her back. Luckily the farmers took pity on the baby monkey and brought him to Chipangali, where he has found a new mum amongst the volunteers.

A huge “Thank You” to all the volunteers who spent their Christmas helping out at Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage! Keep up the amazing work, Chipangali!

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