Presidential elephants get boost from donor

The presidential elephant herd in the Hwange National Park has received a major boost following the donation of a solar system installation valued at about $20,000.

The solar installation is cheaper than diesel-run pumps. The installation is expected to boost dry season water supply for the herd in the conservancy and was set up on land belonging to the Forestry Commission close to the Hwange National Park main camp, according to an online news agency.

Sharon Pincott of the Presidential Elephants Conservation Project sourced the donation from Grundfos South Africa, the world’s largest manufacturer of water pumps.

Water minister, Saviour Kasukuwere, accepted the donation at a handover ceremony on March 3 where Darlington Duwa, the Forestry Commission General Manager, was also present.

The presidential herd that numbers more than 500 is a symbolic class of elephants that receives special protection from the government and other stakeholders and is considered a key tourist attraction.

Local elephants have of late faced numerous dangers from poachers, lack of water and poor care by game rangers.

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