A Famous Face Pays A Visit To The Rhino & Elephant Conservation Project!

A Famous Face Pays A Visit To The Rhino & Elephant Conservation Project!

Posted by Leanne Sturrock on 18th Mar 2019

Welcome to the week, everybody! Recently, we received an exciting update from the team at the Rhino and Elephant Conservation Project. From heart-warming donations to a visit from a huge star, it’s been a fantastic few months for the project, with February in particular being a fun month indeed! Read on to find out what our volunteers have been up to recently…

Super Scarecrows!

Volunteering in Zimbabwe

Team-building activities are no new addition to the Rhino and Elephant Conservation Project – our volunteers are always taking part in activities designed to help them get to know each other, such as raft-building and obstacle courses - but back in February, the team decided to try something new altogether! The first-ever scarecrow building competition took place at the project site, with the volunteers being split out into groups to make the best scarecrow of all. One of the entrants’ designs can be seen above – isn’t he a handsome specimen?

Tinotenda’s Treat

A volunteer donates a bike to a child in Africa

February also saw the return of four-time volunteer Yvonne who, this time around, decided to bring with her an invaluable gift. Many of the local school children must undertake long journeys to attend school (typically by foot), but thanks to Yvonne, one student’s daily commute is to become much easier. Tinotenda was the lucky recipient of a bike kindly donated by Yvonne, and since his morning journeys will now be that much shorter, he will now have more time to spend with his family and to study. Thank you, Yvonne!

Introducing A Very Special Guest…

Danai Gurira for Wild Aid (Black Panther, The Walking Dead)
(Image credit to WildAid)

We’re happy to reveal that a famous face paid a visit to the Rhino and Elephant Conservation Project back in December. Fans of Black Panther or The Walking Dead might be familiar with Danai Gurira, the Zimbabwean-born American actress and playwright known for playing the roles of Okoye and Michonne respectively. To those in the conservation world, however, she might be better-known for the work she does alongside WildAid: she is an ambassador for the organisation, and is currently working on a campaign to combat poaching. The other star of this all-important campaign is another individual our volunteers may be familiar with: Mac the elephant co-stars with Gurira in the campaign, so keep your eyes peeled for more by following Danai, WildAid, and their shared Twitter hashtag, #PoachingStealsFromUsAll. (For those who haven’t met Mac, there he is at the top of this page!)

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