African wildlife is under heavy threat, also in Zimbabwe. Large parts of the wildlife area are rapidly disappearing all over the country. The main cause here is poaching. Because of poverty and food shortages, almost all species are hunted for meat. In addition, there is the poaching for horn and ivory. At present, this is so massive that rapid intervention is necessary. This only works effectively if the local community is supported in the development of new food sources. Good education must provide insight into the fact that a rich wildlife population is of great value for the uplifting tourism that is linked to employment growth.
"Only the development of the local community can stop the poaching"
Anti poaching & game scouts in our areas form the basis for wildlife protection. These teams guarantee the safety of the wildlife by being actively present in the field 24/7. In the present time, wildlife can not survive without this protection. Our anti-poaching teams therefore have the highest priority, and we are constantly looking for funds to finance this. In addition to the daily activities, the Foundation also provides training, facilities, observing equipment, and necessary materials. The teams operate at the highest professional level.
Human – Wildlife conflict is a problem where many positive steps can be made. In most cases predators that come too close to a village are killed. This is to protect the cattle and humans. Predators are seen as big enemies where one sees the killing as the only solution. Here too, education is very necessary. Also a good relationship with the community is impotant, which creates cooperation. For example, in our area Phundundu, the people has been taught to call us when a predator comes too close to the village. The expert of the Foundation will dart the animal and then bring it to a safe area. The Phundundu Foundation strives to provide each of these animals with a GPS chip to be able to intervene in time when the animal approaches the civilized world.
Wildlife monitoring and research are necessary to keep an eye on the population. It also looks at the living conditions concerning the natural food conditions and water management. The wildlife experts of the Foundation continuously monitor both the animals and the living environment. This is done by observing with cameras and on patrols. The quality of grasses is measured and populations per species are closely monitored. Thorough research is of great importance on the welfare of flora and fauna. Stichting Phundundu Development Trust therefore cooperates with the best wildlife experts in southern Africa.
Relocation and reintroduction of wildlife species reduces the risk of extinction, strengthens the current populations and brings back animal species where it is lost due to poaching. It promotes biodiversity in the ecosystem. Relocation is a costly affair but essential to promote genetic heterogeneity. To bring back the areas that fall under the Foundation in its natural state we strive for the reintroduction of the Zebra, Buffalo, Impala, Sable, Elk, Tsessebe, Nyala, black and white Rhinoceros, Kudu, Reedbuck, Waterbuck, Serval and Caracal.
Endangered species breeding programs are set up in collaboration with experts and fellow wildlife parks. This is necessary in order to restore the general population of the species that almost disappeared by poaching. This includes the tsetse-fly resistant sable, black and white rhinoceros and the roan antelope. Throughout Zimbabwe, these species are threatened very seriously and will disappear permanently from the wilderness without intervention.
Phundundu Development Trust collaborates with universities and research institutes specialized in African wildlife "