A journey of more than 700 kilometers to a new ecosystem to avoid the negative effects of climate change.
They won’t go by boat, but these animals are before a real move with which it is impossible not to remember the iconic biblical story. Noah wanted to protect the animals from the great flood, but the reality of the Zimbabwean government is even more serious. There are not tons of water threatening its fauna, the problem is that there is not even a drop.
The Zimbabwean government launched the Rewild Zambezi Projectan initiative with which he will transfer to more than 2,500 animals to a new habitat. This gigantic move is carried out as a last resort before threats posed by climate change for the ecosystems of these animals. The high temperatures and the lack of rain mean that dozens of hectares, which were once home to many species, are today have become real deserts. There is not enough water for all animals, and this has raised alarm bells within the Zimbabwean government for some time. The solution was radical: a journey of more than 700km to save wildlife.
The government has allowed the movement of animals since Save Valley Conservancy from Zimbabwe to new conservation areas: Sapi, Matusadonha and Chizarira. The destination is located further north, and it is a land less affected by drought, but now it can cope an overpopulation problem. This macro world will carry approximately:
- 2,000 impala
- 400 elephants
- 70 giraffes
- 50 bison
- 50 zebras
- 50 wildebeest
- 50 antelopes
- 10 lions
- 10 wild dogs, part of the same pack
A journey with cranes, trucks and helicopters to save thousands of endangered animals
The transfer will be carried out by different means depending on the species. A good portion of the impalas will be transported by helicopterwhile the rest of the large mammals will be part of the crew of a gigantic convoy. Authorities calm large specimens, and with the help of cranes They are loaded onto trucks or different transport platforms. The journey across the plains takes several days, and the vehicles must cover an extension of more than 700 kilometers.
As already mentioned, now the problem is overcrowding. In their new home, there are no such obvious drought problems, but there are very territorial species that will not let these “guests” alter their way of life. When animals see that they are not able to claim a territory, they venture into human-inhabited areasAnd it’s a much bigger problem.
The initial budget for this project is $5.5 million, which were calculated taking into account a period of three years for the capture, classification and transport of animals. The core team of the Rewild Zambezi project has just 12 rangers, who are responsible for locating animals and guiding them to their new homes. The natural territory and ecosystems of Zimbabwe have always been threatened by poaching, and now, just as this problem was beginning to be resolved, climate change entered the equation. This project is a wake-up call to the effects of climate change on the entire planet, which is pushing dozens of species stronger every day on the verge of extinction. And for that we are responsible.