Friday, September 4, 2015

July 21 - Pump Run into the heart of Hwange

Today the group set off into the heart of Hwange National Park on a mission. The goal was to provide  service to the water pumps known as bore holes which provide life sustaining water to the famous Hwange elephant population. These water holes are financed and maintained by our partners at Imvelo Lodges. As mentioned earlier, the founder of Imvelo, Mark Butcher (Butch) is a pioneering guide and conservationist who has done incredible work on behalf of the communities and natural environment. It felt great to contribute to this effort which is a real life example of hands on conservation that our group members were able to participate in. We brought fuel and food supplies for the maintenance workers who live on the site. As you can imagine they were happy to see us. 
Mark Butcher

Fuel tanks for the water pumps
The kids also really benefited from the experience. It gave them a deeper appreciation of what it takes to preserve the environment and wildlife. But it wasn't all work. Our reward was witnessing the spectacle of over 120 elephants which came to the water hole at the end of the day. 

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