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Zimbabwe: Rhinos Killed on Imire Safari Ranch


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#21 Game Warden

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 11:16 PM

IMIRE - The truth about what happened at Imire

Another exclusive Safaritalk interview with both Johnny Rodrigues (Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force) and Judy Travers of Imire talking about the tragedy of Imire, the othersurviving rhino and other game reacting to the death of their fallen defenceless friends. Listen to Johnny passionately explaining what really happened at Imire.

Filmed by Safaritalk member Gavin Fahrenfort.

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Posted 08 December 2007 - 12:20 AM

Well, only for people with broadband connection...

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Posted 08 December 2007 - 12:41 AM

Zim Safaritalk Member Gavin Fahrenfort, (who shot the videos) a friend of the Travers writes this:

"Imire are in desperate need of bookings. All their tourists cancelled their bookings after the attack. Imire grows a small crop of tobacco and relies basically solely on tourism to maintain and support these wonderful creatures."

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Posted 15 December 2007 - 12:34 AM

In the latest Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force newsletter, Johnny Rodrigues writes:

Our biggest concern is the fate of the rhino in Zimbabwe. In the past 3 months, we have lost 11 which is totally unacceptable. We cannot stress enough, the importance of protecting this gravely endangered species, not only for Zimbabwe but for the world as a whole. We are deeply saddened by the fact that there are some individuals who are obviously disturbed enough to believe that money is more important than this and we wonder how they sleep at night.

Everybody has now heard about the Imire tragedy, where 3 black rhino were gunned down by men in military uniform. If you count the foetus that was only a week away from being born, we actually lost 12 rhino in the past 3 months - that we know of. A substantial reward has been raised for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators of this atrocity. The reward will be paid to the informant by National Parks once the criminals have been apprehended so if anyone has any information, please contact either National Parks on 792731 or the ZCTF - contact details at the foot of this report.

In addition to the Imire rhinos, a mother and her calf were shot recently inside Hwange National Park.

3 white rhino were shot in the Mazoe area and in Chiredzi, 2 black rhino were shot by poachers. In a follow-up operation, National Parks managed to recover camping equipment, a rifle and a rhino horn from the poachers' camp.

It has been reported that a rhino in a pen at Shearwater Adventures in Victoria Falls, has also died but we don't have the details.

A couple of years ago, there were over 40 rhino in Matusadonna. Just last week, it was reported to us by a reliable source that there are only 6 left.

Midlands Conservancy had 56 rhino and the last we heard about a year ago is that they are only left with 21. The others were shot and bullets from AK47s were found in the dead rhinos' bodies.

Gourlays Ranch, a black rhino conservancy had 48 rhino when the ranch was confiscated by so called "war veterans" in 2001. 4 years later it was decided to move the rhino to a safer place but there were only 26 left and 2 of these died during the relocation.

To read the full newsletter click here:

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Posted 13 January 2008 - 09:05 PM

During December 2007, Brian Jones of the Kruger National Park In South Africa donated 100 kg of skimmed milk powder for Tatenda, the orphaned baby rhino at Imire. Linda and Urs Honegger of Animal Talk Magazine in South Africa very kindly drove all the way from Johannesburg to Zimbabwe to deliver the milk, as well as donating some vitamins and teats.

Below are pictures taken upon the arrival of Linda and Urs.

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 02:36 AM

The latest newsletter from the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force is up and can be found here, entitled:

GIFTS FOR TATENDA

Featuring the latest news from Imire.

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 10:26 PM

The latest newsletter from the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force (dated 8th February) is up and can be found here, entitled:

CLOVER MILK FOR BABY RHINOS

Featuring the latest news from Imire, Tatenda and Buffalo Range where Janie Style cares for two young rhinos, Carla and Lisa Marie

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 01:06 AM

Re: Thanks to the generosity of a South Africa based www.safaritalk.net member, 100 kg of Clover milk powder for Tatenda was delivered to Johnny Rodrigues of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force over the weekend and was given to Judy Travers at Imire on Sunday 9th March: this will keep Tatenda the rhino calf fed for the next 2 months.

This was so good to hear - am absolutely THRILLED !!!
But yet I am feeling so sad because oh how I wish I could do more than just sit here and send out mails in order to try and gain you more support - I read through all these posts and my heart just sinks - it breaks for the animals, and for all of you who are there doing such amazing hands on work while facing the most difficult and tragic situations !

I thank God for all of you !
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Posted 10 March 2008 - 01:13 AM

Thankyou Mary, indeed I hadn't even had time to post this news up on Safaritalk: Johnny Rodrigues of The Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force took delivery of 100 kgs of Clover milk powder sent from South Africa by member Bugs and this Sunday presented it to Judy Travers at Imire. Such an amount of milk will mean that Tatenda can be fed for two months; Johnny on Saturday had made another trip to Buffalo Range with milk powder for Lisa Marie and Carla which will last them one month.

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 12:32 PM

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10th March 2008

Dear Bugs

We would like to convey our heartfelt appreciation to you for your most generous donation of 100kg of Clover milk powder for little Tatenda. Thanks also for paying for the transport and the duty. We have delivered the milk to Tatenda and we are extremely grateful for your invaluable assistance.

Best wishes

Johnny Rodrigues
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Posted 01 May 2008 - 09:29 AM

The latest Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force newsletter, featuring recent pictures of Tatenda can be found here, entitled - Lights for Imire:

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Posted 25 June 2008 - 04:56 PM

;)
A fund was opened for a reward for information on these killers, I know a number of people who donated & yet we have heard of nothing since.
It was stated that the monies would be returned, nobody I have spoken to are concerned about getting their money back but would like to know what has happened to it!
All I have spoken to would be happy for the money to go for milk powder or other requirements but it seems that it has just disappeared.
It would be difficult to approach people for money for any new appeals elsewhere.

Does anyone have any information on the outcome of this fund & the whereabouts of the money?

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Posted 30 June 2008 - 09:26 AM

With thanks to Thembi for forwarding me this information from the SAVE FOUNDATION & Nicholas Duncan relating to the reward fund for Imire.

Hello, we received 4 international donations, and their details were passed on to John Travers. He said to hold the money towards further needs for Zimbabwe's rhinos, whether Imire or others. Regarding the other monies donated to ZCTF you'd need to contact Johnny R direct, as I have no idea - sorry.

The killers haven't been found, though 4 soldiers were arrested 10 days ago for killing white rhinos in Chilvero and Kyle, and maybe Imire? Lisa Hywood is on that case.

In respect to Johnny Rodrigues, did anyone donate directly to him and if so I'll contact him for an update.

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Posted 09 August 2008 - 09:10 AM

Imire Poachers Caught

The men are soldiers in the Zimbabwean army and were responsible for the deaths of 17 rhino this year, including the 3 that were shot recently at Chivero National Park.

Johnny Rodrigues reports of the arrest of Imire's Poachers in the latest ZCTF newsletter.

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Posted 09 August 2008 - 09:21 AM

In Game Warden's link, there is a mention of a chinese man who was the master mind behind this devastation - any further way to get a hold of him? I hope he is brought to task at some point????
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Posted 12 August 2008 - 09:57 PM

John Travers of Imire has published a letter of thanks - read it here.

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Posted 13 August 2008 - 03:50 AM

Good news! I have the same question on the mastermind--hope he too is brought to justice.
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Posted 14 September 2010 - 10:58 PM

An update to Imire Safari Ranch
Zimbabwe:

The Zanu PF supporters occupied the wildlife rich Agos Farm, which is under Domersville Ranch, threatening wildlife at Elderado, Imire and Matope Farms in the province.
Government sources said wildlife farms invasions were a threat to the game population with reports of settlers poaching the animals.

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Posted 22 May 2011 - 11:49 PM

Resurrecting this old topic, African-Wildlife Conservation-Trust Zimbabwe from Facebook brought this video to my attention, it's an interview with the late John Travers from Imire...


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