Africa Albida Tourism is calling on sponsors and participants to take part in the annual fundraising Golf Day, to ensure the survival of the Victoria Falls Anti Poaching Unit, to be held on October 2 at Borrowdale Brooke Golf Club.
Africa Albida Tourism (AAT) chief executive Ross Kennedy said: “It is evident from the worldwide news coverage of Cecil the lion that wildlife conservation and dealing with poaching remains critically important. It is a key aspect of our company’s philosophy and corporate social responsibility program.
“Poaching comes in many forms and it is vital that resources are raised to ensure that the incredible work the Victoria Falls Anti Poaching Unit (VFAPU) does, which has seen an increase in wildlife numbers in the Victoria Falls area, can continue,” Mr Kennedy said.
“This includes giraffe, sable, zebra, all being seen back in and around the area between Victoria Falls Safari Lodge and the Zambezi National Park, and more and more guides are now using the national park for game drives for clients,” he said.
“We understand the pressure and demands in this economy, but AAT covers the costs of the event, so every cent raised goes directly to VFAPU, and we urge individuals and corporates to support the day by participating, contributing or donating in some way.”
Up to 144 players, making up 36 teams, will take part in VFAPU Golf Day, one of the most enjoyable and best organised events on the golf fundraising calendar, which will also include lunch, entertainment, prizes and a charity auction.
VFAPU has arrested nearly 700 hardened poachers since it was established in 1999 by local safari operator and conservationist Charles Brightman and the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, the flagship property of the Africa Albida Tourism group.
So far, the unit, which works closely with the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority and the Zimbabwe Republic Police, has also removed more than 22 000 wire snares from its operational area.
In addition, 179 mammals, including buffalo, kudu, eland and impala, injured by snares have been treated and released back into the wild, Mr Brightman said.
“The Cecil the lion incident was just one example of what VFAPU has been fighting against for many years now, and we welcome the attention that this singular incident has brought to what has been going on for some time.”
Two rhino a day, and one elephant every 15 minutes, are poached in Africa, with parts of Zimbabwe, such as Matusadona and Chizarira national parks, having lost more than 70 per cent of their elephant population in the past ten years, Mr Brightman said.
The charity golf tournament, which raised a record $14,750 last year, is integral to the survival of VFAPU, which relies on donations to cover its $6,000 a month operational costs, he said.
VFAPU, which was established in an effort to fight the alarming levels of poaching, operates in a 50kmsq area around Victoria Falls, and has 17 scouts patrolling seven days a week. The unit tackles all forms of poaching, including wood, bush meat and ivory.
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Media release by Africa Albida Tourism
12 August 2015
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