Draught in Botswana
Botswana has been experiencing a drought for years, which has dried up some rivers and the so-called pans completely. For animals that are constantly following the water, this can become a deadly trap, as for example in the Nxaraga area. Countless hippos have got stuck due to lack of water and food.
Together with the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) and local companies, we are working to refill the waterhole used by the hippos. Using solar energy, 46,000 litres are pumped into the basin every 10 hours. Until the water level is high enough to allow the animals to continue their journey, they must also be supplied with an additional 50 kg of hay per day and animal. This requires the help of many people on site.
In December 2019 there were over 100 hippos in the lagoon, which means a demand of about 5 tons of hay per day. The hay is partly imported from South Africa for cost reasons. Our efforts will probably continue until July 2020. According to our calculations, it will take until then to fill up the basin so that the animals can continue to migrate or even feed themselves. The permanent heat and the resulting drought, which is far too long, are seen as a consequence of climate change. Together with the Elephants Protection Society, the DWNP and other supporters we have developed a supply and control plan. This enables our teams to alternately check the condition of the animals and the water independently. In order to get more support, we have also launched public charity campaigns.