I just received the most shocking and heartbreaking information from Zimbabwe that I want to share with you.
It would appear that the government run National Parks Department has decided to open a new commercial crocodile farm along the shores of the Kariba Dam. They plan, so I am informed, to start a 'cull' programme of the elephant population in order to feed these crocodiles. The numbers they have in mind are 50-100 elephants a YEAR! The letter I received states that the elephant population in Kariba can not support this sort of destruction.
I am appalled that these magnificent animals are being put under threat. They have occupied this area for centuries and have always been considered to be 'part of the family' by the residents of Kariba. They are used to tourists and residents and cause very little damage or harm to the human population of the area - almost being considered tame by the residents!
Are they to become yet another casualty of Robert Mugabe's money grabbing, tyranical dictatorship? With the 'muzzling' of the foreign press in Zimbabwe, this story will only find a voice if people like you, who are reading this, pass it on and use any contacts you have to alert the International Community to this disaster in the making!
Thank you for taking the time to care :)