Thu, Nov 9th, 2017

On to our ARTS FOR ANIMALS work in Zambia and Zimbabwe

After leaving our friends in Dar es Salaam, we flew back to Johannesburg to pick up several suitcases full of art supplies, educational materials and wristbands for our work in Zambia and Zimbabwe. We flew through Zambia and drove across the famous Zambezi Gorge bridge into Zimbabwe to avoid the high Zimbabwen import taxes.The next day we drove west through the hot,arid bush near Hwange National Park to work with our friends at Painted Dog Conservation.

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This one hundred year old bridge is the only crossing point from Zambia to Zimbabwe for over 200 miles
This one hundred year old bridge is the only crossing point from Zambia to Zimbabwe for over 200 miles
This one hundred year old bridge is the only crossing point from Zambia to Zimbabwe for over 200 miles
Our first stop was with our friends at Painted Dog Conservation
Our first stop was with our friends at Painted Dog Conservation
Our first stop was with our friends at Painted Dog Conservation
 we have been working with PDC for two years now and really enjoy working with them at their Bush camp for kids
we have been working with PDC for two years now and really enjoy working with them at their Bush camp for kids
This wonderful facility offers sixth-grade children from all over Zimbabwe an opportunity to spend four days visiting a national park, learning about their wildlife and environment and becoming better stewards of their natural resources
we have been working with PDC for two years now and really enjoy working with them at their Bush camp for kids
This is the first time we taught kids who spoke no English so we use their teacher as an interpreter
This is the first time we taught kids who spoke no English so we use their teacher as an interpreter
We also had several children who were hearing-impaired, luckily we got a signer to help us communicate with them
This is the first time we taught kids who spoke no English so we use their teacher as an interpreter
While we are teaching the children how to draw, we are helping the staff learn more about presenting art lesson plans
While we are teaching the children how to draw, we are helping the staff learn more about presenting art lesson plans
While we are teaching the children how to draw, we are helping the staff learn more about presenting art lesson plans
During our class, the kids get to draw their own art on posters we developed
During our class, the kids get to draw their own art on posters we developed
These posters feature wildlife conservation messages and we have been told that the posters hold a special place in the homes of these kids. They are a great tool for spreading wildlife conservation messages
During our class, the kids get to draw their own art on posters we developed
This is Belinda, whose life was changed  by a visit to the PDC Bush camp 12 years ago.
This is Belinda, whose life was changed by a visit to the PDC Bush camp 12 years ago.
Since then she has worked toward a career in wildlife conservation and was the first female member of the anti-poaching squad sponsored by the PDC. She is also the first recipient of our" Brown Ranger Scholarship " .
This is Belinda, whose life was changed by a visit to the PDC Bush camp 12 years ago.
After our art lesson, the kids make a pledge to become a part of our
After our art lesson, the kids make a pledge to become a part of our "ANIMAL PROTECTOR " program
As an Animal Protector, these kids sign a contract and get a wristband to show that they understand the value of their wildlife to their heritage and to their future. There are almost 5000 Animal Protectors participating in this program
After our art lesson, the kids make a pledge to become a part of our "ANIMAL PROTECTOR " program
Another class probably displaying their  ARTS FOR ANIMALS posters
Another class probably displaying their ARTS FOR ANIMALS posters
Another class probably displaying their ARTS FOR ANIMALS posters
This young deaf girl was so cute, she really stole our hearts
This young deaf girl was so cute, she really stole our hearts
This young deaf girl was so cute, she really stole our hearts
Later that day we took a ride with the kids through Hwange national Park
Later that day we took a ride with the kids through Hwange national Park
It was so cool to see the kids reactions to seeing their wildlife in its native habitat and interacting with one another
Later that day we took a ride with the kids through Hwange national Park
Sometimes the smallest wildlife is the most interesting- like this Hammercop
Sometimes the smallest wildlife is the most interesting- like this Hammercop
Sometimes the smallest wildlife is the most interesting- like this Hammercop
The kids got a big kick out of watching this young elephant run off a giraffe from his personal watering hole
The kids got a big kick out of watching this young elephant run off a giraffe from his personal watering hole
The kids got a big kick out of watching this young elephant run off a giraffe from his personal watering hole
Painted dog conservation is made a huge effort  to support their staff and change the lives of local folks
Painted dog conservation is made a huge effort to support their staff and change the lives of local folks
This is our friend Wiltons campus home, in a small development provided by painted dog conservation. Here they house their K-9 unit, anti-poaching unit, and educational staff. It's a very extensive, well done, and I'm sure ,expensive ,operation.
Painted dog conservation is made a huge effort to support their staff and change the lives of local folks
Many of PDC's staff started as volunteers or still work for them as volunteers to help conserve their wildlife
Many of PDC's staff started as volunteers or still work for them as volunteers to help conserve their wildlife
They are extremely dedicated and are doing an amazing job to help preserve their wildlife and natural resources
Many of PDC's staff started as volunteers or still work for them as volunteers to help conserve their wildlife
This is one of the PDC canines they use for tracking poachers in the park
This is one of the PDC canines they use for tracking poachers in the park
This is one of the PDC canines they use for tracking poachers in the park
This Iganyana Craft village, where PDC has enlisted local folks to make wire sculptures from snare wire and other scraps
This Iganyana Craft village, where PDC has enlisted local folks to make wire sculptures from snare wire and other scraps
This Enterprise allows local folks to make a living and feed their families without snaring or killing animals. It's a great program to help stop animal poaching in the area.
This Iganyana Craft village, where PDC has enlisted local folks to make wire sculptures from snare wire and other scraps
Not only do they run a shop near the park but they also supply snare wire animals to zoos around the world.
Not only do they run a shop near the park but they also supply snare wire animals to zoos around the world.
Not only do they run a shop near the park but they also supply snare wire animals to zoos around the world.
It is a well-run, efficient and well disciplined operation providing jobs and conservation funding in the area
It is a well-run, efficient and well disciplined operation providing jobs and conservation funding in the area
It is a well-run, efficient and well disciplined operation providing jobs and conservation funding in the area
Our second location was DETEMA school on the northern edge of Hwange Park
Our second location was DETEMA school on the northern edge of Hwange Park
It's very important that these kids understand that wildlife is not just a pest to their parents crops, but also a valuable resource for their own future.
Our second location was DETEMA school on the northern edge of Hwange Park
We met with the schools art class in the library- several the kids have real natural talent
We met with the schools art class in the library- several the kids have real natural talent
We met with the schools art class in the library- several the kids have real natural talent
We had a fascinating conversation with the librarian here who wrote beautiful poetry
We had a fascinating conversation with the librarian here who wrote beautiful poetry
We had a fascinating conversation with the librarian here who wrote beautiful poetry
These posters will make their way into their homes and villages and help them pass on conservation stewardship
These posters will make their way into their homes and villages and help them pass on conservation stewardship
These posters will make their way into their homes and villages and help them pass on conservation stewardship
Another 25 children pledged to preserve their wildlife by joining the
Another 25 children pledged to preserve their wildlife by joining the "Wildlife Protectors"
Another 25 children pledged to preserve their wildlife by joining the "Wildlife Protectors"
Although the children each possess a different level of creativity, we tried to instill a level of confidence in them
Although the children each possess a different level of creativity, we tried to instill a level of confidence in them
Although the children each possess a different level of creativity, we tried to instill a level of confidence in them
It's so rewarding to know we leave these children with a better sense of their heritage and a brighter future
It's so rewarding to know we leave these children with a better sense of their heritage and a brighter future
It's so rewarding to know we leave these children with a better sense of their heritage and a brighter future
Working with the kids one on one is what fuels our efforts
Working with the kids one on one is what fuels our efforts
Working with the kids one on one is what fuels our efforts
Hopefully we are an inspiration to these children to be creative and practice good conservation
Hopefully we are an inspiration to these children to be creative and practice good conservation
Hopefully we are an inspiration to these children to be creative and practice good conservation
After three days we sadly left painted dog conservation to head back to our wildlife Center in Victoria Falls
After three days we sadly left painted dog conservation to head back to our wildlife Center in Victoria Falls
After three days we sadly left painted dog conservation to head back to our wildlife Center in Victoria Falls