Africa's Wild Dogs Are a Breed Apart
is good news from the Hwange Wild Dog Research project in Zimbabwe,
which some readers helped sponsor.
Bob Robbins and Kim McCreery, of the project in Hwange National
Park, tell me (Richard O'Grady) the wild dogs have recently started
Blondi had 10 pups, while the other pack - Sinajima
- denned later. The pups are still too young to venture out
of the den hole.
It's a rugged spot, but the team have managed to drive, then walk
there and are now moving tons of rocks, so they can take a vehicle
up on to the ridge.
Their letter goes on: " Right now, the water situation in Sinamatella
is bleak. We have dry pans, pans muddled by heavy elephant use,
and the Mandavu is the lowest we have seen it for this time of year.
"It doesn't look good and is a major concern."
all the difficulties and despite all that we see on the television
news, it just goes to show that positive people are still beavering
away, doing their bit for animals and conservation.
John Gillon, chairman of the British section of the Hwange Conservation
Society at 38 Sighthill Terrace, Edinburgh EH11 4QG or telephone 0131-453-3924.
If you would like further information on this interesting project,