Increase in Water Level Puts Wildlife at Great Risk
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PLEASE ASSIST US IN PREVENTING A WILDLIFE DISASTER
Starvation Island has the potential to live up to its name this year… Above average rainfall in the Zambezi Catchment area this season has resulted in Lake Kariba rising to unprecedented levels. Disaster looms on all the islands inhabited by wildlife especially, but also around the shoreline of Lake Kariba, as the once vast floodplains full of nutrient rich Panicum grass are rapidly disappearing under the lake surface.
WHAT IS STARVATION ISLAND?
Starvation Island is a perfect example of a typical island on Lake Kariba, approximately 3km long and 1km wide. Being a sand-based island it does not support much edible vegetation when the lake is at the high water mark for the grazing animals -
Approximately 120 waterbuck and over 300 impala that call it home.
The satellite images below show how the water level changes the size of the island in a season.
How We're Saving Kariba Wildlife From Starvation
Bumi Hills Safari Lodge previously received the Green Trophy in 2010 from AZTA (Association of Zimbabwean Travel Agents) for its efforts to avert a crisis of the same nature by rescuing animals that attempted to swim to the mainland and also by providing supplementary feed to the stranded animals.
THIS YEAR WILL BE NO DIFFERENT, BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP TO FUND THE MISSION
WISHLIST TO KEEP WILDLIFE ALIVE & WELL
DURING THIS DANGEROUS SEASON
1,000 HAY BALES
400 BAGS OF GAME CUBES
High Nutritional Value Supplemental Feed
$14.75 per bag
200 BAGS OF MAIZE
Additional Needed Nutrition
$19.50 per bag
1,000 LITRES OF PETROL
Delivering Feed & Rescuing Drowning Wildlife
$1.45 per litre
TOTAL INVESTMENT TO HELP KEEP WILDLIFE FROM PERISHING
Fed over the course of 3 months, the supplementary feed
will drastically help maintain animal condition
until the receding lake reveals the sedge and panicum grasses on the floodplain.