"Utilizing conservation and awareness as stepping stones towards a future where humans live in harmony with wildlife." A wildlife NGO, based in Zimbabwe.
Gearing up for a fun weekend!
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Saving pangolin in Cameroon. One year so far! Thank you to all who have made this possible.
Looking forward to the weekend!
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Chikhu, meaning chatter box in Swahili. She is growing daily and learning to explore her new world. She seriously has so much to talk about❤️#Secondchances #tikkihywoodfoundation #cuteoverload #passionateaboutwildlife
Latest orphan. Can anyone guess what this species is. #Secondchances #TikkiHywoodFoundation #zimbabwe
Andalou, fighting to gain strength and recover. Each day a small victory.
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A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.....
Through this continued culture of Thankful Thursdays, we are humbled by the generosity of people and we equally wish to spread this charitable act.
We have recently shared a generous donation by AMP Meats together with the ZNSPCA - thank you for the full bellies and happy animals!
Another "Thankful Thursday" !
Everyone knows that feeding the family is an important objective in life.
It is no different when your family has feathers, fur or scales!
Thank you to Gredal Chickens for making sure there are full tummies.
BABIES ON BOARD! 🦇🦇🦇
With the start of the rains there will mother bats carrying babies, both fruit eaters and the insect eaters. Please be aware that your cat or dog may pick up a grounded bat who is too heavy to fly because she is carrying a baby and/or is wet.
Bats are not pests - they play vital ecological roles as insect eaters and pollinators so please do not kill them! 🌷🐜🐛
What to do if you find a bat on the ground;
Do not touch it or pick it up with your bare hands. If you must pick it up for the safety of the animal itself or to protect it from further harm, use gloves or a cloth.
Whatsapp message or call or text this number for advice or assistance;
We are extremely grateful to Varta Consumer Batteries for their generous support of our work. Without them – you would not see great shots like these! Thank you Varta!
Exciting and positive news coming out of Dubai. We wish the Lopez family the absolute best in this endeavour and we truly thank them for their passion for Pangolins!
How do pangolins groom?
If you have hard scales and a long tongue…. How do you keep that all clean? Traditionally, mammals groom themselves with claws and tongue or even special teeth. Since the pangolin’s tongue is highly specialised for feeding, and the claws are specialised tool for digging, and they don’t have teeth, what’s a scaley mammal to do? Being the highly specialised mammals that they are pangolins have produced a unique way of grooming, which involves urine. This is something we have observed mother pangolins doing – they bath their babies in urine. They do this by laying on their back with baby on their tummy – they then urinate and roll the baby around in the urine on their stomach, coating the baby’s scales (and their own belly as well) and through this action the baby is ‘washed’ clean. Pangolins will also urinate on themselves whilst in a tight ball, again a form of self-bathing. They can also lie on their backs, urinate freely on themselves and rub the urine across their bellies with both front paws – this particular behaviour seems to be more directed to ‘cooling off’ on a hot day.
Southern Diesel is the most amazing fuel company and THF is incredibly #thankful to them. For the many years that they have, and STILL CONTINUE to support our work throughout Zimbabwe. Southern Diesel, thank you for always keeping us moving!
No words to caption this image. But we can tell you that sometimes its a moment that captures your heart. We will keep doing what we do, for the world that we are passionate for.
For a team to exist and achieve there needs to be dependency. We depend on multiple partners in all spheres of operation to help us get the job done. In this case, a big 'Thank You' to Iganyana Tented Camp for the logistical support on the ground for a recent release. We look forward to many more successful collaborations!
Did you know?
Since 1975, Zimbabwe has been offering special protection to animals that are determined to be rare or endangered in our country. These animals are listed in the sixth schedule of the Parks and Wild Life Act [Chapter 20:14] (the legislation that governs national parks and fauna and flora of Zimbabwe).
On the 20th of March 2020, two Statutory Instruments (SI’s) were gazetted in Zimbabwe. The Government gazetted SI 71 of 2020 and SI 72 of 2020 as part of the efforts to strengthen the Act law, in order to deal with poaching and illegal trafficking of specially protected and endangered species. The Specially protected Animals include Pangolin (which are the world's most trafficked mammal) critically endangered Rhinoceros (both Black and White), African Wild Dogs, Lichtenstein’s Hartebeest, Aardwolf, Bat-eared Fox, Cheetah, Gemsbuck, and Roan.
As a result of the new SI’s, anyone caught in illegal possession of the animals listed in SI’s upon being found guilty will be sentenced to a minimum mandatory sentence of 9 years on first conviction and 11 years for a second offence.
A personal observation from a member of our team.
Often people say to me “You are so lucky; you love what you do!”. Sadly, the reality of what ‘we’ conservationists do, only involves a small portion of what we love to do. Two of the biggest challenges we face, are self-gratification and greed. Nothing highlights this better than the relentless pursuit of a species known as Otter. Having had the privilege to work with African Clawless Otters, we have been fully immersed in their intelligent, adventurous, and joyful natures. 13 otter species occur globally, and all 13 share a superstar quality – they are undeniably cute as babies. This fact coupled with the human powers of greed and self-gratification, have led to the complete exploitation of this mammal. In a distorted and perverted way of appreciating them (wild-caught and/or purpose-bred), we put them in cages in cafés, for patrons to ogle. These otters never get to swim in water, their natural element, but can only sip it from a bowl. As they age and their instincts tell them they are destined for more than this, they develop undesirable behaviours; pacing, biting or sucking their own tails or indeed biting the hands that feed them.
In the wake of this current global pandemic, we truly need to believe that we and our unchecked and irrational desires are the root of the problem, not the animals that are caught up in it.
Newton’s 3rd law of motion states; “for every action (force) in nature there is an equal and opposite reaction.”
We are part of nature and we are seeing a global REACTION. It is time to change our intentions, thoughts, and actions, so the next generation can benefit from a better reaction.
To learn more about Otter Cafés – see this link.
Thankful Thursday this week goes to the Mavros Family. The Mavros and the Hywood Family have been friends for many decades, so when Patrick Mavros Jnr developed The Pangolin Collection with a percentage of proceeds going towards our pangolin work, we were overwhelmed and incredibly grateful. The Pangolin Collection is the first of its kind depicting the amour of the species in the form of their scales and showing the mystic and magical wonders of this mammal who has roamed our planet for several million years. Our sincere thanks go to all the Mavros Family, for their love our nature, our country Zimbabwe and of course the Pangolin.
The rescue of any animal takes a team of people and this past weekend was a blinding example of that fact. Over a 24-hour period, spanning 10th September to 11th September – we found ourselves in an unprecedented situation of having to recover 5 pangolins from 4 separate incidences. These 5 pangolins all have unique stories as to how they arrived at our facility. The sad reality is that they all have suffered immense trauma, starvation, dehydration, and stress. Some of these rescues have been held hostage in hot sacks for days and been transported for an untold distance. Scared - no terrified, these 5 pangolins will now have a chance at a second journey of freedom. Our sincere thanks to Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, and the ZRP Minerals Flora and Fauna Unit who have made these recoveries possible.
Another 'Thankful Thursday' 👍👊🙏👏
This week we would like to focus on the incredible work of Nigel Joscelyne Hand Crafted Furniture. Thanks to these wonderful folks our rescued pangolins are used to safe and secure denning boxes. We also make sure that the relevant Authorities have access to these purpose designed wooden travel boxes, so that the minute a pangolin is rescued it can be transported in an appropriate and safe manner to minimise any further stress.
THF is Batty for BATS 🦇🦇
Bats are the only true flying mammals (other species like flying squirrels can glide not truly fly) and there are over a 1300 species of bats worldwide. Ranging from tiny microbats weighing only 3- 5g, up to the large flying foxes which can have a two-meter wingspan, bats are also incredibly diverse. Some bat species are as endangered as the Black Rhino (Critically Endangered) or Cheetah (Vulnerable). New species are also being discovered.
There are approximately 60 species of bat found in Zimbabwe, both insectivorous species and fruit eaters. Bats play an important ecological role in insect control, pollination, and seed dispersal of plants. THF is no stranger to these little flying mammals – having rescued several over the years. In late 2019 three Yellow House Bat orphans were brought in for rehabilitation. The plight of bats in urban environments is once again under the spotlight due to traditional fears and phobias, as well as and disease such as Covid19.
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We would like to start a culture of 'Thankful Thursdays'.
Having been in the conservation game since 1994, we at the THF are very aware of the help and assistance that we have received over the years. To all the donors, friends, well-wishers and good Samaritans out there - Thank you!
Today's 'Thursday Thankyou' goes to Tenga4Wena for their kind donation of food packs to keep guys on the ground fed.
Conservation and collaboration - like hands held together. Great work being done by our friends in CAR and we will continue to give support and 'hold their hands' as we all work towards conservation of Pangolins.
Our layest rescue, this stunning black Bellied Pangolin. #pangolin #pangolins #pangolinconservation #blackbelliedpangolin #phataginustetradactyla #localcommunities #wildliferehab #Africanwildlife #DzangaSangha #Béafrika #CentralAfricanRepublic #Centrafrique#Tikki HywoodFoundation#BornFreeFoundation
Pangolin fact: Reproduction
It is often almost impossible to tell the difference between male and female pangolins on first sight. Whilst there may be a physical difference in size, between females and males, this varies according to age as well. Since we are still learning about this species, there are a lot of assumptions on their reproductive habits. We assume pangolins normally only have one baby at a time. Whilst it is biologically possible for twins to occur, majority of the time pangolins will only have one pup at a time (they have only two mammary glands, which is an indicator of the fact that one offspring is common and more than one extremely rare). Ground Pangolins have their babies in natal burrows (this are burrows that they have specifically selected to have their babies in), and the baby will stay in this burrow for at least its first month of life.
Pangolin mothers are also extremely protective and will roll around their babies for warmth and protection.
We also assume pangolins only have one baby a year, but again this depends on several factors, such as species, availability of a mate/food/burrow. We are still learning whether they have definite breeding seasons, or whether the breeding is more opportunistic. We believe that pangolins are attracted to one another by scent and urine marking.
A curious case for Civets
Like pangolins, species of civet are found in both Africa and Asia. African civets have long been misunderstood creatures. For a start, they are often called civet cats, which is completely incorrect as they are not related to cats at all, rather their closest relative is a mongoose. Whilst they are a common species and their population is stable for now, civets have been exploited by humans for bizarre reasons. Firstly – civetone is a pheromone laden substance secreted by the civet through a large gland beneath the civet’s anus. It has a strong musky odour and is used by the animal to mark territory, advertise for a mate and similar behaviours. Civetone is used in the production of pure perfume. Valued at anything between 300 USD to 400 USD per kg it's a lucrative but seemingly harmless by-product. However, in order to produce viable volumes of civetone (on average a civet may produce 400 to 500g per year), numerous ‘farmed’ civets are kept appalling conditions and are often replaced by wild caught civet to keep production up.
Secondly, the infamous Kopi-Luwak, the most expensive coffee in the world with prices ranging between $35 and $100 a cup. The reason for its speciality - the coffee beans have passed through an Asian civet’s digestive system giving it a unique flavour........🤨 Traditionally the half-digested coffee beans were collected in the wild, opportunistically. Due to this rarity, it has become a fashion statement for wealthy people to drink this exotic beverage, which has driven the demand up. This has resulted in commercial farm style production where captive civets are fed……. ONLY raw coffee beans. For an animal that is omnivorous this is exceptionally cruel and nutritionally deficient way of farming. Spare a thought for the misunderstood Civet!
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The Tikki Hywood Foundation would like to thank TV Sales & Home for their generous donation of a
CAPRI TF 340 BLACK HAIRLINE FRIDGE / FREEZER
Your donation will keep supplies for our crucial support team and our rescued animals, fresher longer.
Pangolin fact: Mothers and Babies
Ground Pangolins by nature are solitary – enjoying their own company and only become social when mating or rearing their young. We know little about their reproductive habits, but hopefully with the work we are currently undertaking as Tikki Hywood Foundation we will start to understand more. We do know however, that for all species of Pangolin, a pangolin pup will ride on its mother’s back from a certain age, until eventually the pup is weaned and foraging for itself. The time frame for this varies from species to species, but pups can start riding from as young as one month old in Ground Pangolins, up to around 4 to 5 months, depending on how tolerant the mother is. Baby pangolins are born with a defined number of scales which are soft and pliable and transparent at first. Within the first two months the baby’s scales will start to harden and change colour. Generally speaking, Ground Pangolins wean their pups from about 3 to 5 months of age but the baby may stay with the parent, sharing burrows and foraging together for up to year (but we are still learning about this!)
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