Kelly and I have just returned from the first step in the cheetah project. The Foundation had acquired 4 collars and 2 mobile transmitters.
The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park in Natal has one of the most stable cheetah populations in South Africa, however, no scientific research has been carried out since their introduction decades ago. Through the Foundation’s donation this will change.
Two local cheetah will, over the next couple of weeks, be tranquilized and fitted with monitoring collars. Permission has been granted to import 3 brothers (a coalition) from another area of the country and with 2 of these animals also collared, the hope is to boost the gene pool of the cheetah population. As soon as these ‘imports’ are available we will be on hand to assist with their introduction.
The Foundation has committed itself to covering the additional costs of veterinary equipment and expertise for the project. It is rewarding to personally know and respect those other individuals involved in the project.
Thank you to those who have responded to my appeal, and I do apologise for not having included the physical address of the bank representing the Foundation. Herewith the details once again:
First Security Bank
Forever Wild Foundation
Account # 21108196
Routing # 082901538
1001 Front St, Conway AR 72033, (501)450-0859
I am also excited to report that as a result of our wild dog re-introduction into the Mkuzi Park 2 years ago that, of the original 13 dogs involved, the pack has split. It is the nature of wild dog that when the pack gets too big a section of females will split to secure their own packs. There are now 22 individuals in total.
Due entirely to the monitoring collars (also supplied by the Foundation) some individuals within the pack were saved after being snared, having their horrendous neck wounds treated by the Parks vets. Without the warning from the collar’s transmitter, the animals would certainly have been lost. With more Rhino than wild dog left in Africa, every animal is vital.
We are in the process of creating our own web site and are looking forward to having it up and running in the next few weeks. Foreverwildfoundation.com will contain constant information up-dates.
Yours in conservation,