I have made the momentous decision that due to the lack of rains this year it is going to be necessary to feed the Turgwe Hippos. The last time I had to do this for over several months was 21 years ago.
It is not an easy decision as the hippos are wild and I actually don’t agree with feeding wild animals unless the situation is dire. In the case of the Turgwe Hippos they have had more than their fair share of problems since back in 2000 when this wildlife area was invaded by so called new settlers. The people took over natural bushveld that is only suitable to wildlife and moved into various parts of this designated wildlife area, a swath of land that has never been suitable for any form of farming, due to being drought prone and a low rainfall area.
What this means is that I cannot do this alone, for without financial help with donations from everyone who cares about these amazing animals, some of these hippos will definitely die.
So I hope we will get a great response to this need to save the hippos from this localized drought.
You can help by going on line to www.savethehippos.com and making a donation. I thank you in advance for caring.
Your donation will not only save the lives of these hippos but also of any other wild animals that eat alongside them at my feeding stations.
Karen Paolillo, Hippo Haven, Turgwe Hippo Trust. Zimbabwe.