Bushlife Conservancy thanks our donors and supporters for their commitment to the mission...
to protect and save African wildlife for future generations in the Mana Pools and Zambezi Valley areas of Zimbabwe.

Tusker Ranger Fund Update 

Welcome to our new Tusker Ranger Fund (TRF) member:
Scott Gregory

TRF funds the costs of Ranger patrols in Mana Pools National Park – food, fuel, driver salary and vehicle maintenance. Donation is $100 per month to support the TRF and can be made on our website https://bushlife-conservancy.org/donate/ Thank you to our TRF members for their ongoing support!

Nick Murray to speak in March at event hosted by
The Africa Adventure Company

Nick Murray, President of the Board of Directors of Bushlife Conservancy, will be one of the guest speakers at a soirée hosted by Alison and Mark Nolting, owners of the Africa Adventure Company. Nick will be talking about wild dogs and filming with the BBC and Sir David Attenborough. This event will be held on March 11 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from 6 PM to 9 PM. Alison and Mark are great supporters of BC, with Alison being a founding and current board member of our organization. Guest speakers will discuss conservation efforts for wild dogs, rhino, pangolin, gorillas and more!

For more information and to RSVP for this event click here

Bushlife Support Unit Trust Manager Update 

Tusker Ranger Patrols from Nkululeko “Freedom” Hlongwane,
BSUT Manager

Anti-poaching in the Wet Season

The Zambezi Valley area is always a thrilling place to be, but what is its value without its beautiful fauna and flora and the most beautiful scenic views of the ever-flowing Zambezi River? The animals, from the elephants, buffalos, elands, lions to the wild dogs, all are beautiful to capture in the moment. The reflection of the sun on the Zambezi River gives a very special moment at sundowners. The whole forest is full of echoes and melodious songs of birds, especially in summer when we have most migrants.
Conversely, the drought which was experienced this past summer was very disastrous, wiping out many creatures, especially elephants, buffalos and hippos. Even the Zambezi River waters have decreased at an alarming rate; you can see patches of shallow water in most areas. Many migratory birds, such as Black and White Storks and Carmine Bee-eaters, which we usually see, were not around this summer.  This I think is a result of the drought in the area. I had lost hope until finally rains started pouring in early January. But sometimes I do wonder if many of the palatable grasses are going to recover and give food to the herbivores. The picture below is an example of an animal death as a result of the 2019 draught).

Well, my story is not only about the drought, but also the experiences I went through during anti-pouching patrols since the rains started. The grounds had been very dry, but they quickly got oversaturated in a few days. Most of the soils in Mana Pools are clay and the roads are more like pathways without gravel. This makes it very difficult for small cars to maneuver, even with good traction. One night I almost slept away from camp in an area called Mucheni 3, when my land cruiser got stuck in the mud. Getting stuck in the mud right now is the trend, and you must dig for hours to make your way out. I think this may give poachers a chance to venture into the forest. However, even when it comes to the worst conditions, we always make sure our anti-poaching patrols are being done.


The month of December was a very busy month for anti-poaching teams. Our work during this period covered many areas from Lake Kariba to Dande. Bushlife Support Unit, together with Zimparks Rangers, operated on both land and river. Terrestrial operations yielded good results in a short amount of time with 26 arrests.

Finally, not only does our conservation work include anti-poaching, we are also involved in various community projects in the neighborhood. We fully understand community needs and with your support, we have started working on various projects including boreholes, conservation clubs with local schools, and local women’s projects.

A tale from Mana - Celebrating World Wildlife Day & United Nations World Water Day 

In 2013, the United Nations declared March 3 as World Wildlife Day. This was the day the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) was signed. The 2020 theme is celebrating all wildlife on earth. Your support of Bushlife Conservancy is celebrated on World Wildlife Day. To learn more about World Wildlife Day, go to https://www.wildlifeday.org/

One more special day coming up, which is particularly relevant based on our recent drought in Mana Pools, is World Water Day which is celebrated on March 22. This day brings awareness to climate change, the availability of water and its impact on climate, and information on climate policy. https://www.worldwaterday.org/2020-home/learn/

If you enjoy learning about conservation, the latest research on conservation and obtaining educational materials, you might enjoy stopping by both websites and sharing them with others you know.


Nick Murray, President    Beth Brock, Treasurer   Ed Callen, Secretary

Board Members:  Alison Nolting, Mara Perkins  
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