A 2 day old zebra foal was spotted from the helicopter, she looked in a bad way so a management decision was made intervene and rescue her. Fortunately vets were on site and were able to stitch up her wounds and administer a drip and treat her with anti-biotics. The foal was taken to Lynne's house where she with the help of Nkombi Volunteers nursed her and got her drinking from a bottle. She is named Mbezi and is now 3 weeks old and doing very well. She has made Lynne's house her home and has all the other animals living there for company. It is hoped when she is older she will be able to be released back onto the reserve.
On the 2nd August 2018 over a 100 members of the Mankwe family gathered to celebrate 18 years of student and volunteer groups at Mankwe. The Mankwe family continues to grow and the reunion was definitely a night to remember. With friendships reunited and experiences relived. The partying and dancing carried on to the early hours of the morning, so much fun was had by all.
Lynne MacTavish was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science by The University of Brighton in recognition for her major contribution to conservation in South Africa. Lynne was asked to do a 15 minute speech to the graduates of 2018 to which she received a double standing ovation. The speech may be viewed on the University of Brighton's web page or on this YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSz0gkvU1HE&feature=youtu.be&app=desktop
Mankwe hosted, The University of Durham, The University of Gloucestershire, The University of Brighton, Nottingham Tent University, Lincoln University, South Staffordshire College, North Shropshire College, Hartpury College, Hadlow College, Derby College and Otley college
Askari and Surabi along with 7 young bulls were released on to the reserve in order to bring new blood on to the reserve to ensure a healthy gene pool.
Obviously we are hoping that the pair will stay and breed.
Mankwe means 'place of the leopard' and for years we have been trying to get photographic proof that they are here.Finally on the 26th July this amazing footage was captured by Nkombi volunteers just outside the Nkombi Camp. We hope that she stays and breeds as it is a great privilege to have her on the reserve.
Due to the good rains, the browse for the giraffe is excellent and they have produced 6 calves this year.
They are very relaxed which gives visitors the unique oppurtunity to walk with them.
Mankwe would like to thank West Midlands Police for the donation of dog training kit, it has enabled our team to intensify training