Wild Horizons Wildlife Trust is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advance and promote environmental conservation in Southern Africa through hands-on wildlife research; management of a wildlife medical care facility and orphanage; the education and empowerment of indigenous resources through active involvement in conservation training and community outreach programs.
“The objectives of the organization are first and foremost the care and
rehabilitation of wildlife, and to impart knowledge and skills of conservation of natural resources to communities.”
Wild Horizons Wildlife Trust is dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and the environment. We aim to honor this through working on four project sectors:
Community Outreach Programs: These are projects that are based in the surrounding communities where we promote the education of conservation and self-sustainability. Projects include hosting 34 school groups for a day of conservation awareness and interaction with elephant, and joint community projects to control erosion in the Monde area, finding donations of school supplies for rural community schools and a project to provide SPCA harnesses to donkeys in the Monde area. Furthermore, we intend to address the issues of communicable disease transference between humans, wildlife and livestock in the bordering communal lands.
Wildlife Research: Projects rooted in wildlife research are aimed at attempting to find an answer for the age old question of “how do we protect certain species”. We assist other research projects in finding solutions for conservation including working with French CNRS based Research team in Hwange National Park. Working together with Botswana based research organization “Elephants without Borders” we are working within the KAZA TFCA looking at elephant movement across international borders. Furthermore, we are currently analyzing the genetics of both the black and white rhino populations in Hwange and Matopos National Parks, to see if each population is sustainable.
Wildlife Orphanage: The Wild Horizons Trust was initiated with the idea of rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife in mind. Any animal that has been injured, abandoned, or has some species threat should be protected. We take in any wild animal that has in some way been harmed or interfered with by humans. Our mission is to treat and rehabilitate these animals and release them back into the wild. We have a specific expertise with orphaned elephant, and will always try to assist in these situations. Working together with the Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit (VFAPU) we also dart and treat any wildlife that is injured and can be treated in the field (many of these injuries due to snaring and poaching).
Conservation Training: Although we firmly believe in the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife, we also know that simply treating the effects of poaching and the degradation of the environment is not enough. Therefore, as the first step in teaching people to conserve and protect the environment, we have established a conservation training program that works with communities to promote training for self-sustainability and anti-poaching. This includes addressing problem animal control, especially in relation to elephant and lion.
Our vision for the future includes the use of our new Wildlife Laboratory and Clinic set to open soon. This facility will be fully operational and equipped for a higher quality of treatment for injured, abandoned, orphaned or any wildlife needing additional care. The Trust will also use the lab and clinic as a base, as it is situated within Victoria Falls National Park. A wildlife disease monitoring program is already underway in conjunction with the Dept. of Veterinary Services, Wildlife Unit, in which samples for the KAZA TFCA can be processed and either analyzed or sent on to the respective specialists in the field. We aim for this facility to be a hub for researchers, visiting vets, veterinary interns, and students.