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appeal: Relocation of 'problem' elephant to Matusadonna
Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force (ZCTF)
April 10, 2007
Those of you
who are regular visitors to Charara will probably remember a mischievous
elephant with one tusk who is resident there, hence his name "Tusker".
True to his
nature, he has apparently been misbehaving again. Although he has
never killed anyone, he has been known in the past to toss tents
into the air, just for the fun of it. Campers have to guard their
breakfast because when he smells the food, he has been known to
lumber into a camp site and help himself to a snack. On one occasion,
he wanted to come into the Charara camping area, probably for breakfast,
but was too lazy to walk through the gate so he simply knocked the
wall down and walked in.
however, he tried to trample a tent which was occupied by campers
and National Parks now feel he has overstayed his welcome. We have
been told that they intend to shoot him before he kills someone
so we have offered to relocate him to Matusadonna instead.
We have a supply
of M99, the drug needed to tranquilize him and we have a veterinary
surgeon who is prepared to do the darting, monitor the whole operation
and administer the reversal drug once Tusker arrives in Matusadonna.
Ian Harris of Kariba Ferries has very kindly donated the use of
the Sea Horse to carry Tusker across the lake provided we supply
the diesel. We need about 500 litres of diesel to get to Kariba
and back and for the ferry. We are urgently appealing to anyone
who can help with either the fuel, or the funds to buy the fuel.
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Contact details below.
for Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force
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