CWF has Clearance and permit for a collaboration between CWF and ZPWMA to collar and study the movements of 5 elephant bulls in HNP.
As the HWANGE TUSKER PROJECT is a collaborative project with ZPWMA, we await their input on how both parties may publicise it, so please do not use any photos below re the elephant collaring outside of this webpage. Our publicity submission is in the pipeline with them, and we will give the go ahead when we can. Failure to respect this, which is a clause in our permit for the project, can jeopardise the continuation as well as hoped for expansion of this groundbreaking project for Hwange. Thank you for your respect.
Our generous donors who have supported this initiative so far, will be informed in more detail when we have permission.
However, whilst permission was obtained a while ago it has taken time to gather the funding required for a professional and scientific study. Happily, the initiative is finally underway, and the 5 bulls were collared between late August and November.
Dr Richard Hoare as CWF Manager, is the fundraiser and also scientific advisor for the two year project.
Funding has been obtained by various CWF donors, to whom we are extremely grateful (individuals Dr Wolfgang Hennig in Germany,, Mr Ken Walker in USA and a Butterfield and Robinson, a travel company in Canada). The largest part of the funding is from Dr Lochran Traill (a Zimbabwean) and his institute in John Moores University in Liverpool, UK, where he currently lectures. Dr Traill will be in charge of the data analysis (for which his funding has paid) and of the scientific study side of the project, along with Dr Richard Hoare.
There will also be on the ground assistance by CWF Field Co-ordinatorSteve Alexander and ZPWMA.A ZPWMA representative is sent with us to observe all field and collaring operations. We appreciate the assistance they give us on the ground as part of an effective and professional team. CWF pay for their daily subsistence while in the field.
A staff member of the ZPWMA Research Dept in Hwange National Park will be seconded to assist with some of the data collection and other aspects of the initiative. More on this as soon, as it is arranged and formalised with ZPWMA.
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