BENEFITING: BODHI TREE FOUNDATION
Help us fund one solar pump unit for Friends of Hwange Trust, which can provide water for 500-1000 elephants per day.
Hwange National Park (HNP) is located in northwestern Zimbabwe and is one of Africa’s largest elephant sanctuaries and considered one of the last strongholds in Africa for elephant to be truly wild. Approximately 30,000 elephants live in the park. During Zimbabwe’s tourism peak (1990’s) Hwange and its surrounding areas boasted up to 30 lodges and camps. Tourism provided employment for locals as well as significant money to fund anti-poaching, maintenance of roads and general upkeep of the park. Although the animals are still abundant today the decline of tourism has resulted in a lack of sufficient support to protect the park’s wildlife.
HNP has no perennial rivers and very little natural surface water. Most of the water has to be pumped from boreholes in order to sustain the current animal populations. These pumped waterholes not only provide necessary water but also keep the elephant and other wildlife in the park further away from poachers. It also reduces the conflict with local villages where elephants could otherwise search for water.