The Bumi Hills Anti-Poaching Unit (BHAPU) who work hard to protect wildlife in and around Bumi Hills Safari Lodge overlooking Lake Kariba, were recently alerted about a female elephant who had a very bad wound on her leg caused by a wire snare. It took some time to find the animal.
Fortunately a veterinary team with a helicopter were stationed at the nearby Matusadona National Park Headquarters at Tashinga and were called to assist.
The team, led by Andre Schultz (pictured left), tranquillised the elephant with a dart and in no time at all, the snare was removed and the nasty wound, cleaned and treated with antibiotics. They estimate the elephant to be still young (at between 12 and 20 years old), and the wound was quite recent, so they are confident that she will make a full recovery.
The Bumi Hills Anti-Poaching Unit (BHAPU) was established in July 2009 by Bumi Hills Safari Lodge and (then) resident Professional Guide Andrew Dalzell. Working Closely with Nyami-Nyami Rural District Council Wildlife Section and The National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority the unit works tirelessly to protect and conserve all forms of fauna and flora in the Bumi Hills Wildlife Area and beyond.