It's nearing the peak of Hwange's brutal dry season and the drought is growing severe. Mark and his team race to keep many of Hwange’s estimated 46,000 emaciated and dehydrated elephants (along with other thirsty wildlife) alive by pumping nearly three quarters of a million litres of water per day from diesel powered bore holes located throughout this vast reserve, which contains little natural ground water.
Imvelo also supports local communities bordering Hwange by building schools, financing school lunch programs, digging wells and promoting conservation of the local wildlife and natural resources. It also helps fund anti-poaching efforts.
During my time in Hwange I travel to remote areas of the park with Mark as he delivers life-saving fuel to his pump attendants, visit villages Imvelo supports, mountain bike on ancient elephant migration paths, go out on patrol with the park’s anti-poaching team, and meet more than a few humble heroes along the way.
For more about Imvelo's conservation initiatives and the plight of Hwange’s elephants, visit the Imvelo Elephant Trust.