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Dancing for conservation

Dancing for conservation

Choreography, costume and talent all coming together for conservation
Choreography, costume and talent all coming together for conservation

To sustain conservation and anti-poaching efforts with the best possible standards, conservationists are having to think outside the box and engage with the private and public sectors to a greater degree than ever before. This has given rise to a number of innovative events and campaigns which have the simultaneous benefits of offering financial and moral support to wildlife conservation projects.

The National Ballet of Zimbabwe brought a new artistry to many Lowveld wildlife species in a unique collaboration with the Savé Valley Conservancy in the production ‘When They Are Gone…’ which was performed to sell-out audiences at HIFA this year and then again at Reps Theatre in Harare and the Bulawayo Theatre.

The show was based on a real-life rhino called Jimmy who was orphaned when his mother was poached. He was raised on Humani Ranch in the Savé Valley Conservancy and was successfully rehabilitated to live the life of a fully fledged wild rhino bull. Charming dance sequences and a riveting message combined to leave audiences enthralled and deeply affected by the final consequences of when they are gone.

Conservation of wildlife is not something that should be left to dedicated professionals who work in the field, but is down to each and every one of us. Zimbabwe’s wildlife heritage does not belong solely to those who work in the industry but to everyone who counts himself or herself Zimbabwean.

Midlands Black Rhino Conservancy and Savé Valley Conservancy have joined forces for a Barnyard Evening to encourage rhino lovers to enjoy an evening of rock n’ roll in July. They are ably supported by Mid West Rhinos cricket team who have made it their business to assist with efforts to support the animal which is their namesake.

You may have seen cars sporting cheeky looking red horns. You have spotted a rhino fan who has adorned the vehicle to demonstrate support and awareness for rhino conservation, and you can do the same. Get your Rhinose from a Mark Manolios Sports outlet and don’t forget to beep and wave to fellow rhino lovers!

Read more articles from this issue:
Zambezi Traveller (Issue 13, June 2013)

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