The five primary schools partnering with Children in the Wilderness in Tsholotsho District (Ziga, Ngamo, Mpindo, Kapane and Jakalasi), adjacent to Hwange National Park recently participated in a World Rhino Day eco-club project.
World Rhino Day is held on 22nd September all around the world, and celebrates all five species of rhino: black, White, Greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan rhino. It was first announced by the World Wildlife Foundation in South Africa in 2010. The following year World Rhino Day grew into an international success, encompassing both African & Asian rhino species. It has since grown into a global phenomenon, uniting NGO’s, zoos, cause-related organisations, businesses, schools & concerned individuals from nearly every corner of the world.
CITW encouraged the newly developed Eco Clubs at rural schools in the Tsholotsho area to participate by creating their own papier-maché environmentally friendly rhino heads. The framework was supplied by CITW and the students of each eco-club were encouraged to come up with their own individual design which will be judged at the end of October 2013.
An info-sheet was given to each school along with their 'snare wire' Rhino Head. These were created by the Iganyana Arts & Crafts Group in Dete using snare wire collected from anti-poaching exercises.
As part of the project, Teddy Brightman of Zambezi Traveller kindly donated loads of old newspapers for the project. Look out for posts of the completed rhinos in early November.