Eclipse was a young wild dog within our Mambira Pack on Senuko, whom I got to know personally, naming her so because of a beautiful full-moon, eclipse-shaped mark on her left side…..
Eclipse – right and left side
At the beginning of this year, 2013, I despaired of her survival-she was badly snared high on her neck, having run through a snare line set for impala, and she was wary, very difficult to approach…
Poor Eclipse, horribly snared…..December 2012
NOW for the HAPPY ENDING!
Visit the links and read the various stories in this wonderful blog, where Dr. Rosemary Groom shares the day to day events in her continuing conservation and education initiatives.
Zimbabwe Wild Dogs.
Dr. Rosemary Groom disinfecting the cleaned wound on Eclipse’s neck
Eclipse rejoins her pack ……..
As I write this, Rueben, the senior scout with the Lowveld Wild Dog Project, under Dr. Rosemary Groom, has reported sightings of Eclipse, looking fat and healthy again.
As Rosemary says, Eclipse now has the potential to become an Alpha female with pups of her own one day…
The Save Valley Conservancy stretches along the upper reaches of the great Save River in the south east of Zimbabwe. The Gonarezhou National Park laps against the southern banks of the Save River and between these two nestles the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve. These three celebrated wildlife areas form part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area, (GLTFCA)- a unique wilderness jewel which is home to the “Big Five” (endangered Black and White rhinos, elephants, buffalo, lion, leopard) and the ”Little Six” (Klipspringer, Suni, Duiker, Steenbok, Sharpe's Grysbok and Oribi). Endangered African wild dogs, Cheetah, Brown hyena, Bat-eared foxes and a host of special birds and plants contribute to the immense variety of this ecosystem. Communities around the GLTFCA contribute to innovative partnerships with National Parks and the private sector, forming a sound base on which to manage social, economic and environmental issues.
This is home to artist and writer Lin Barrie and her life partner, conservationist Clive Stockil.
Expressing her hopes, fears and love for this special ecosystem with oil paints on canvas, Lin Barrie believes that the essence of a landscape, person or animal, can only truly be captured by direct observation.
Lin Barrie states: “Through my art, and my writing, I feel an intimate connection with the natural world, and from my extensive field sketches of wild animals, people and landscapes, I create larger works on canvas.
Lin's work is in various public and private collections in South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Australia, England, Canada, Sweden and the United States of America. She is represented by galleries in South Africa, Zimbabwe, England, Kenya and Florida, USA.