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Bumi Hills Foundation, Zimbabwe 📸 @laurenepbath Check out @laurenepbath thought provoking and powerful posts about poverty, poaching and human choices in Zimbabwe. An eye opener. And great pics like this. #bestintravel #bestintravellers #justgo #travelphotography
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This is my last post from Zimbabwe for now. I've been home for the week working on my online photography course and it's been a real pleasure to share this passion project with you. There's been a lot of changes in my business lately and I know I'm moving in the right direction. I want to leave a legacy, both as a traveller and educator, and hopefully all of my hard work now will make that dream a reality for me. I'll have big announcements for the Travel Bootcamp this weekend and my first online course finalized before Christmas as well as some great trips and photography. Amongst it all I hold on to these precious memories of Zimbabwe and my long term plans to help tourism there. This image is my niece Kupa leading me to the funeral of my mother in law during a full day ceremony in December. It was a heartfelt moment that I grabbed this one image of. For those that have responded to the many challenges facing wildlife in Zimbabwe, I've put a link to the Bumi Hills Foundation page in my profile and the option is there to donate. Have a wonderful weekend all. Xx @bumihillsfoundation
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In case you missed it - an update from @laurenepbath a few days ago - "Who would hurt these incredible animals I hear you ask? Well I am about to drop a massive truth bomb into this story and it might change the way you think about poaching, it certainly changed mine. Who would hurt these incredible animals? The answer is most poor people in Zimbabwe. I don't know about you but I have it pretty good here in Australia. I eat well, have long hot showers daily, the garbage man collects my rubbish every week and I have access to 24/7 electricity and running water. When I stay in Zimbabwe I get a taste, a very small taste of how the other half live but I see how the very poor live and it's not like you would imagine. These are some stories JUST from people that I know well in Zim. (Names have been changed) Mary desperately wants to be a school teacher but in order to get an interview to apply for a place she has to bribe an official $US2,000, she doesn't have $1 for food on that table that night. Robert was at the top of his class in school and went on to graduate university with an engineering degree, last year he was almost arrested selling drugs on the street. Young girls line up to sell their bodies on the street for as low as $1 and some go home having not even made that. Things are TOUGH! Do you think that Mary, Robert or those girls would hesitate to tell a poacher where an elephant is? It's easy for us to sit around and wonder why people do the things that they do but they do it for their families, for self preservation. When you have nothing your life does become more important than the lives of wildlife and that is at the very heart of the problem. I'll talk more about these issues in my next posts." Be sure to follow 👉🏼 Lauren for more posts as she helps us spread the word 📣
Bumi Hills sits on the edge of Lake Kariba and it might surprise you to learn that this lake is the world's largest man made lake by volume. Completed in the early 60's by the Rhodesian government (under British rule) the lake is over 230 km long and covers an area of over 5,500 square kilometers. Although an incredible feat of engineering, the 'building' of Lake Kariba displaced over 57,000 native Zimbabweans, who were relocated to the hot and harsh rocky plateaus away from the lakes shore and the building of the lake, and other factors, have contributed to a third and fourth reason why this area is losing so many animals. We've already discussed poaching and commercial hunting but consider now that Zimbabwe is also losing animals due to trapping animals for bush meat and due to human wildlife conflict. The locals here live traditionally in the village way and their existence is basic and poor. If a lion, for example, strays into the village to hunt goats there is no hesitation in killing the animal. Survival out here is ruthless. As for the bush meat trade, locals run snare lines in the forested areas and snares are indiscriminate. No matter what they catch they will likely kill the animal, maybe not immediately but often later from infection. If an elephant steps on a snare the wound will likely fester and kill the animal, unless the team from the Bumi Hills Foundation are able to step in in time. This story still has a few chapters to go. @bumihillsfoundation
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Mutual respect! Whether it's on our terms or theirs the elephants around Bumi are becoming increasingly trusting of our rangers and vice versa! #conservation #elephant #respect #ranger #lakekariba #visitzimbabwe
Believe it or not one of the most in-demand tourism products in Zimbabwe is still hunting and there's a lot more to this industry than meets the eye. The figure in this photo, blurred in the foreground, is a displaced farmer who went on to work as a commercial hunting guide before being devastated at the loss of Cecil the lion in Hwange, even though he wasn't directly involved. After that life-altering event he went to work in Bumi Hills as a photography and safari guide, I hope you're reading this David? Where do I even begin to talk about all of the white farmers who had to leave their land? Because my partner is black I have been exposed to a lot of information both for and against the Zimbabwean land reforms. When Emmanuel (Dreamboat) first met an ex farmer working in tourism he had tears in his eyes to learn what it was like to lose family farms. There are now so many white Zimbabwean ex-farmers working in tourism and proving what a resourceful bunch they are. I want to talk more about commercial hunting, so consider this a bit of background into that conversation.
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Who would hurt these incredible animals I hear you ask? Well I am about to drop a massive truth bomb into this story and it might change the way you think about poaching, it certainly changed mine. Who would hurt these incredible animals? The answer is most poor people in Zimbabwe. I don't know about you but I have it pretty good here in Australia. I eat well, have long hot showers daily, the garbage man collects my rubbish every week and I have access to 24/7 electricity and running water. When I stay in Zimbabwe I get a taste, a very small taste of how the other half live but I see how the very poor live and it's not like you would imagine. These are some stories JUST from people that I know well in Zim. (Names have been changed) Mary desperately wants to be a school teacher but in order to get an interview to apply for a place she has to bribe an official $US2,000, she doesn't have $1 for food on that table that night. Robert was at the top of his class in school and went on to graduate university with an engineering degree, last year he was almost arrested selling drugs on the street. Young girls line up to sell their bodies on the street for as low as $1 and some go home having not even made that. Things are TOUGH! Do you think that Mary, Robert or those girls would hesitate to tell a poacher where an elephant is? It's easy for us to sit around and wonder why people do the things that they do but they do it for their families, for self preservation. When you have nothing your life does become more important than the lives of wildlife and that is at the very heart of the problem. I'll talk more about these issues in my next posts. @bumihillsfoundation
Yesterday I promised I'd tell the story of the time I came across poachers in Bumi Hills. As I've mentioned I managed to become involved in the Bumi Hills Foundation after staying at Bumi Hills and the best part of the story is that I had gone there after I landed the job with Moët, although that's a story for another day. Like so many things in my life I believe that I got the job because it landed me at Bumi Hills and that's exactly where I was supposed to be. Anyway the offer was put on the table for Dreamboat and I to go on an anti poaching patrol with founder Nick Milne and three of his new team and we jumped at the chance to learn more about poaching. As we were picking our way through the African bush there was a silent flurry of activity between Nick and his rangers and within seconds they took off at a sprint after spotting other people in the bush. Our safari guide David stayed behind to guard as at gun point. Sadly the team didn't catch the poachers but they did find meters and meters of wire being set up in the bush for snares. I bet you didn't know that there's more than one reason for people to be poaching out here? I'll talk about the demand for bush meat in another post. @bumihillsfoundation
#Repost from @laurenepbath - Good morning! I am so, so excited to be posting this morning because I'm home for a week and I can finally find the time to share my pictures and stories from Zimbabwe last December. This is a project that is very special to my heart, so special that I couldn't even talk about what it meant to me at the time. As many of you know my partner, also known as Dreamboat, is Zimbabwean and I've been traveling over to see his family for six years now. As a part of my wider story it was my first trip to Zimbabwe in 2011 that was the reason I bought my first camera. However it was only on this trip that I realized Zimbabwe has stolen my heart. I spent time in Bumi Hills on Lake Kariba and learned a lot about the plight of wildlife, the underlying socio economic problems that lead to poaching and the overall situation in this once great country. As small as my contribution will be I do intend to make a difference for my family there and as many others as I can and this is where I start, by talking about it.
When you're down by the Lake on a safari drive in Bumi Hills it seems like there's lots of elephants around, sadly what you see is what you get! The local population love to eat the weed that grows by the lake and the entire population circles back and forth munching all day. What you wouldn't know is that this region has lost 75% of its elephants in ten years and if this loss continues there will be no elephants left in ten years! This is a problem that will affect our lifetime and the time to act is NOW! I was fortunate enough to spend time with Nick Milne and learn about the @bumihillsfoundation and I'm going to continue to share information about the poaching issues faced in the area and what the foundation is doing to combat them. And there was also that time I went on a patrol and we stumbled across poachers! Keep following along and I'll tell you all about it. 🐘🌍
Good morning! I am so, so excited to be posting this morning because I'm home for a week and I can finally find the time to share my pictures and stories from Zimbabwe last December. This is a project that is very special to my heart, so special that I couldn't even talk about what it meant to me at the time. As many of you know my partner, also known as Dreamboat, is Zimbabwean and I've been traveling over to see his family for six years now. As a part of my wider story it was my first trip to Zimbabwe in 2011 that was the reason I bought my first camera. However it was only on this trip that I realized Zimbabwe has stolen my heart. I spent time in Bumi Hills on Lake Kariba and learned a lot about the plight of wildlife, the underlying socio economic problems that lead to poaching and the overall situation in this once great country. As small as my contribution will be I do intend to make a difference for my family there and as many others as I can and this is where I start, by talking about it.
Rising full moon along the shores of Lake Kariba from our perch at HQ 🌝✨ #onlyafrica
Only real G's drink with elephants. @lucyosborne1 looking like a true gangsta.