Now that the tourist season is over, and there is less human activity in and around Mana Pools N.P., the risk of poaching has increased. And indeed, ZimParks rangers patrolling the area west of the Park recently intercepted several poachers with a cache of 15 tusks. One poacher was shot and wounded, but all managed to escape across the river to Zambia. We've responded by stepping up our ANTI-POACHING PATROLS. Starting this month, we plan to deploy 2 vehicles at remote camps, plus have 2 vehicles stationed near Vundu Camp, ready to respond as needed to emergency calls. Each vehicle will carry 6 rangers plus a driver and guard. In addition to intercepting active poachers and removing snares, our patrols will be monitoring waterholes to ensure they are safe. Waterhole poisoning has become an urgent concern in Zimbabwe, especially after a series of tragic incidents in Hwange National Park last June, when 14 elephants were killed. A recent report estimates that, over the past 4 years, more than 250 elephants have been killed by poisoning in Zimbabwe -- a truly despicable crime, and one which requires our constant vigilance to prevent! We are entirely dependent on your donations to keep doing this important work. Thank you for your continued support!