Following the great success of previous wine and wild dog events in 2011 and 2013, held by Painted Wolf Wines and the wild dog research projects in Zimbabwe, we are thrilled to announce a taste and conservation sensation at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge in July 2015!
….there could be no better venue-Wild dogs are due to den in winter, and we have a thriving population in the South East lowveld…guests could get lucky!….
Wild dog pups..photo by AWCF
This event will combine African Wildlife Conservation Fund
and Painted Wolf Wines
for a weekend of good food and wine plus great conservation presentations, at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge….
Adenium multiflorum blooming at Chilo, Save River in background…
Please join us-
Great tastes and great conservation…
Learn more about African wild dogs in Zimbabwe:
and drink great wines!
Painted Wolf Pictus wine and campfire
Clive Stockil and myself Lin Barrie, are enjoying the weekend with guests…
So exciting… we have recently seen a pregnant Alpha female, part of the Nyarushanga Pack, near our house at Senuko, which confirmined that denning season was well on its way, and now she has had four fat little pups, a lower number than usual for wild dogs, but at least they are all healthy, ensconced snugly in an antbear hole in a termite mound.
(Thomas Mutombeni has seen 12 wild dogs recently, on a drive with guests…and I so hope the dens in Gonarezhou do as well this year, as they did last year. It will be interesting to hear the presentation by Rosemary Groom and Jess Watermeyer on the research side of wild dog conservation…)
We have had a wonderful sundowner on the banks of the Save River,
sundowner on the beach
after a small detour around a bull elephant who refuses to make way for us, enjoying his mopani leaf snack too much!
elephant road block
The delicious Painted Wolf Wine was worth the roadblock!
Wine and elephants in the sand….!
An evening wine presentation by Jeremy and Emma Borg accompanied by a wine-making video, was enjoyed by all…
My art label for Pictus III….a delicious vintage by Painted Wolf Wines to store for the future…
read more updates on the wild dogs of the lowveld in my post
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.
Sounds like such fun … and for such a good cause! Best of luck … Annabel
Hope it will be Thanks!
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