This month we bought 1,500 cabbages and paid for trucks to bring in a massive amount of hay to feed wildlife along the Turgwe River in Zimbabwe where a regional drought, worsened by the El Nino weather phenomenon, has depleted water supplies and killed vast areas of vegetation. The UN has warned of the bleak outlook in this region and the catastrophic impact on all forms of life.
“I will not give in and somehow will do it,” said a nervous Karen Paolillo who runs the Turgwe Hippo Trust wildlife protection charity.
During a previous massive drought, Karen and her husband Jean-Roger engineered the creation of a large man-made lake that has become the primary water supply for hippos, elephants, baboons, lions and many other species of wildlife in the area.
Mainly at night, the animals visit various spots where Karen’s team have laid out hay, cabbages, horses cubes and other emergency rations.
Trucking in food has been the only way to prevent a mass extinction this time around. Significant funds are needed to bring in more food in a week’s time.
Every day Karen Paolillo drives on bush roads 30 miles to deliver food to 18 feeding stations. Each week, new food has to be transported to Hippo Haven. We are now in the last crucial 3 months of the year before hopefully the new rains will fall, and the drought will be a thing of the past. This is the time when help is needed most. We are asking all of you to please consider making a donation to help us in this wildlife rescue mission.
And, before closing this story, we thought you might particularly enjoy this photo of an endangered black rhino on the way to one of the feeding stations. With a strong global effort, we can keep these animals alive until the rains restore vegetation to the region. Thank you all.