Kit4dogs are so excited and honoured to be involved which a project that hits right to the heart of saving and protecting future Rhino populations across Africa. Extremus K9 have allowed us to provide the kit including the Modern Icon Patrol Harness and Modern Icon 2" Rigid Collar that Extremus Murwi will be deployed in when at the end of April 2018 she departs to the Imire Rhino and Wildlife Sanctuary.
This is a front line of operational Anti Poaching Dog units, not just to deter would be poachers in poaching hot-spots, but also to act as sworn protector and defender of a world renowned Rhino breeding programme which is more crucial now than ever before. To agree with Darren Priddle from Extemus K9 “To say this is a special and meaningful project is an understatement, this is the future of conservation.”
Support for the project comes from donations and on going fund raising from Harare International School , founded in 1992, Harare International School (HIS) is an independent, non-profit institution, serving students in Early Childhood 1 (EC 1) to grade 12. HIS enrols a diverse student body of approximately 450 students representing over 60 nationalities. Without the inspirational effort of the teachers and students alike the funds to supply Murwi to Imire Rhino and Wildlife Sanctuary would not have been possible.
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With this on going funding the project will be able to receive continued conservation support in the form of handler training, equipment, food and veterinary costs.
There is a go fund me page for this amazing on going project if you would like to donate some money please visit: Murwi Go Fund Me Page - Please use reference ProjectMurwi for any donations made - many thanks.
Murwi the name of the dog was chosen by the pupils of Harare International School is Shoni (the local dialect) and means Warrior when translated into English, which is exceptionally apt for this amazing dog.
Imire -“the meeting place” in Shona, was founded in 1952 by Norman and Gilly Travers. Located 105km east of Harare, and having over 4,000 hectares of conservancy, Imire's animal sanctuary contributes enormously to the conservation of Zimbabwean wildlife. It's most renowned for breeding and releasing black rhinos into Matusadona National Park, as well as providing orphan elephants and other animals a home/refuge.
To date Imire has successfully released 11 rhino into the wild. The Black Rhino Breeding Programme is world-renowned, helping to protect Zimbabwe’s heritage with the successful re-introduction of this incredible endangered animal back into the wild. Imire is dedicated to protecting wildlife and strongly believes that rural communities and conservation programmes can successfully thrive side by side, working together to ensure the protection of their natural heritage.
Their vision at Imire is to enhance the relationships between tourism, conservation programmes and community areas through long-term, sustainable environmental management and positive community projects.
This project, alongside the protection and prevention of wildlife crime, aims to inspire children and future generations across the globe to take part in and be actively involved in projects like this and other conservation efforts; this will be an integral part of Project Murwi.
Kit4dogs feel very honoured that Extremus K9 have allowed us to be a small part in what is an incredible project and we aim to show that every single individual has a part to play, no matter how small that may be, in the conservation of animal species in both Africa and across the World. We will bring you updates and pictures of how Murwi is getting on in Africa when she is there at the end of the month.
There is a donations page for this amazing on going project if you would like to donate some money please visit: http://www.imire.co.zw/support/ - Please use reference ProjectMurwi for any donations made - many thanks.
All the kit that Murwi will wear in Africa is available to purchase off the website.