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 I hope you have enjoyed following my posts from Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe as part of this week’s #takeovertuesday! The team from the University of North Alabama’s Alternative Breaks Program has really enjoyed their conservation work here at Chipangali for the past two weeks. They are already planning future collaborate efforts with the Birmingham Zoo and Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage as we all work to do our part to conserve wild animals and wild places. Hope to see you back in Birmingham soon! #TakeoverTuesday - Roger Torbert
 We visited Matobo Hills National Park to learn more about the dire crisis with rhino poaching. Our guide told us of various incidents of poaching in the region and current measures in place to protect the few remaining rhinos in the Matopos. Our group then observed a small herd of rhinos under armed protection of a National Parks Ranger and a Zimbabwean Police Officer. Thousands of rhinos are being violently killed in Africa each year by poachers searching for horns to be sold in Asia for medicinal purposes. Unfortunately, if poaching continues at its current rate, rhinos could be extinct within the next ten years. Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage has been active in rhino conservation for over 30 years. The Birmingham Zoo is also taking action in rhino conservation which you can read about here: #TakeoverTuesday – Roger Torbert
 As part of their work at Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage, the group of students from University of North Alabama worked to refurbish a habitat which will be the new home for a rescued serval that broke two legs in an accident. These students enjoyed real hands-on experience chopping trees to create a climbing structure and installing netting over the top of the space to ensure that the animal remains secure. Once finishing touches are done, the group will get to see the serval be introduced to his new habitat. Chipangli rescues injured and orphaned animals throughout the year. Their primary goal is to rehabilitate each animal back to good health and release it back into the wild. When the results of the injury are too severe for the animal to survive in the wild, they remain at the orphanage to be cared for on a daily basis. #TakeoverTuesday - Roger Torbert
 The research done by Chipangali Carnivore Conservation Project has been impacted by the ongoing struggle to combat poaching. This GPS collar had been placed on a leopard by researchers a few years back. Unfortunately, the leopard was recently killed by poachers and the collar was damaged when removed. Luckily the collar was recovered and I will be bringing it back to Birmingham with me. We will attempt to have the collar repaired and returned to Zimbabwe for future research work. #TakeoverTuesday - Roger Torbert
 Our group got exciting news this morning that Chipangali’s Carnivore Conservation Program had trapped a brown hyena in the Matobo Hills region of Zimbabwe. We accompanied the Chipangali researchers as they examined the 15 month old male brown hyena then put on a GPS collar. Once collared, the hyena was released safely back into the wild. Chipangali’s Carnivore Conservation Program studies the major carnivores of the region, primarily leopards and hyena. Data collected through this research will help us learn more about the movements and home range of these amazing animals. #TakeoverTuesday - Roger Torbert
 Chipangali’s EPIC Kids Program (Environmental Programs Involving Children) has made quite an impact throughout the area. The UNA Team accompanied Chipangali’s Education Director Nominal Mlauzi to visit several schools in western Bulawayo. Students are taught conservation messages concerning animals that live in their community, taking along tortoises, snakes, chameleons and hedgehogs. Since it started in 2014, over 400,000 children from almost 300 schools have attended one of Chipangali’s EPIC Kids Program. #TakeoverTuesday - Roger Torbert
 We are working with three baby barn owls which were rescued by the folks at Chipanagli Wildlife Orphanage last week when their nest fell from a tree. These little fellows are growing quickly and are very hungry, so they must be fed every four hours. The owlets will be cared for in the nursery until they can survive on their own, and then will be released back into the wild. Chipangali works to rescue and rehabilitate hundreds of injured and orphaned animals throughout the year ranging from hedgehogs to birds to monkeys. #TakeoverTuesday - Roger Torbert