UPDATE on Walking for Wild.
June 22, 2016
BENEFITING: WILD HORIZONS WILDLIFE ORPHANAGE AND SANCTUARY
EVENT DATE: Jun 20, 2016
Leon Varley, is of Zimbabwe’s most well-known and respected professional guides and is about to embark on his annual Walking for Wild: a non-stop, long-distance trek across a remote corner of Zimbabwe to raise funds for African wildlife conservation.
More than three marathons in length, this is not your ordinary Sunday stroll… this super 80-km walk, from start to finish, takes place in just 24 hours, covers some of the most majestic, wild and sometimes treacherous landscapes in Zimbabwe. This annual event began in 2010 and over the last six years, Walking for Wild has grown quickly in terms of distance covered and money earned. This year, Leon will garner his strength, wits and his wicked sense of humor to walk his greatest distance yet - more than 125 kms (78miles) in 24hours!
And his goal this year, $10,000 to benefit Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust’s Snare Removal Program, which has removed hundreds of snares from elephant, buffalo, all kinds of antelope, hyena and lion that would otherwise suffer an undignified, long and agonizing death in the bush while struggling to free themselves from the brutal confinement.
Snares are not only cruel, they’re indiscriminate. Mostly meant for illegal bush meat, it’s not uncommon for these traps to capture unintended by-catch species like elephant calves, wild dogs or lion. Poachers will deploy many, many snares at once but stop scouting for catch once they discover an occupied snare. Many animals die in vain, never harvested never consumed. Sometimes captured animals are found still tethered to the anchored snare exhausted, injured and starving – the strangling cable embedded and cutting into their throats causing unimaginable pain. Stronger animals sometimes break free but often don the choking snares until the wounds becomes septic and they become so weak that they can’t feed or drink, only to face a cruel and drawn-out death.
Leon also draws upon the encouragement of peers, supporters, friends and family - people he calls the real conservation heroes inspiring him to overcome limits he says are self-imposed. “With the right inspiration, humans are remarkable and can achieve more, and endure more pain, than we think we can. Our supporters and the people behind the scenes of this event make all of this possible – they’re the real luminaries that are saving our wildlife and protecting our national heritage.”
So as Leon gears up for another trek to save Zimbabwe’s wildlife, we’re asking that you kindly consider supporting Walking for Wild by supporting this campaign today. With each passing day, the risk of snared animals perishing and suffering undiscovered grows greater. The sooner we can raise our goal of $10,000 the faster we can mobilize our snare removal team.
- Your $50 donation is an important part of any of the following program costs
- $100 will buy boots, socks, backpacks or equipment for our rangers
- $250 will pay for fuel and mileage for one vehicle per month
- $500 will pay for up to a month's supply of immobilization drugs
- $1000 will pay for 4 x tires for the vehicle, 4 x elephant dartings or 4 night-visible tracking darts
- $2500 will pay for a veterinarian for two weeks
We’re counting on your support. Visit www.vicfallswildlifetrust.org for more information on how Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust is fighting daily on the front lines of conservation – and winning.
On behalf of the animals, thank you. We can’t do this without you.
VFWT is a registered 501(c)3. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.