Pronghorn Survival - Texas

Borderlands Research Institute for Natural Resources Management

Sul Ross State University


THCC's recent donation to the Borderlands Research Institute is assisting them with the restoration of the declining pronghorn population in the Trans-Pecos region of Texas.  Populations in this area have been in steady decline since the 1980's.  Following an 8-month drought in the Trans-Pecos during 2008, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) documented 2,000-3,000 adult pronghorn perishing in one of the most productive regions of west Texas.  Since the drought, pronghorn populations have continued to decline and in an effort to restore numbers, TPWD, in conjunction with BRI, initiated a pronghorn translocation program.  In 2011, 2013, and 2014 respectively, 200, 130, and 102 pronghorn were captured from viable populations in the Texas Panhandle, and translocated to sites within the Marfa Plateau and Marathon Basin.


Key aspects of determining the sucess and survival of these introduced

animals are:  (1) monitoring movement using VHS/GPS collars,

(2) fawn production and survival using VHS/GPS collars, and

(3) predator control utilizing professional trappers and aerial gun-

ning services.


For additional information on this important project, contact THCC.


To view a thank you letter from Sul Ross University.



Update: 

I just want to say thank you very much for the funds which I have now received. We have already ordered 150 t-shirts for the soccer tournament which will comprise 4 schools with 2 teams from each school. The t-shirt will have your chapter logo on the front, HHK logo on the sleeve and the words "PROMOTING CONSERVATION AWARENESS" on the back. We are buying 8 soccer balls and 6 referee whistles and the balls will then be donated to the schools after the tournament. Menu for the day is -  ·        Drinks - Mazoe orange juice for the kids with oranges for half time breaks, cokes for the dignitaries (councillors, Senator and school teachers/head master) ·        Food - Biscuits, sadza (Grits) and we are buying 6 goats at $25 a goat (felt it was more conservation appropriate than going and shooting 4 impala), cooking oil, tomatoes and salt The proposed date is Nov 20th as it will take 2 weeks to have the shirts ordered and printed. At the soccer day the wildlife chairman for the council and the national parks ranger for the area will give a talk to the kids about conservation. We will also be awarding the scholarships for the children whose main breadwinner in the family has been killed by wild animals, so far this is 7 kids in the junior school and we are waiting numbers from the high schools. The scholarship will include a year’s school fees, school books and a complete set of uniform. I am also thinking of using some of the money to buy in bulk for the schools bic pens, school pads and pencils and erasers, I reckon we can probably spend $3 per kid in this respect and target around 250 kids.  So it’s all happening thanks to you guys.

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The following projects are a few projects the THCC supports:


Dama Gazelle Radio Collar Study: 














The objective of the study is to promote herd growth (for either ranch or reintroduction).

TIME SPAN: 1 year (to cover all four seasons) plus 3 months for collar retrieval and data mapping.
COST: $14,585 split between 2012 ($8,600) and 2013 ($5,985) and with multiple partners.
BENEFITS: Determine seasonal spacing of dama gazelles. This will help estimate breeding patterns and ultimate population numbers that can be accommodated under various conditions.
For more information on this project click here.


The Second Ark Foundation wrote THCC a thank you letter for all its support! To view it click here!


Anti-Poaching Project, Mozambique: 

A few words about the project from Mark with Zambeze Delta Safaris (project leader):

Currently we have the highest game numbers in Mozambique per square mile, that includes national parks. The reason is simple, to us game has a value and we have a good anti poaching program. The numbers speak for themselves, I have done the Helicopter flying work for many years on the Zambeze Delta game counts. It is co sponsored by WWF and they have to date provided the scientists to do the count. I can provide you with contact details in order for you to get verification and statistics. Although all our game has increased incredibly, probably the most obvious with our concession are the sable, when we got there we only knew of 44 sable. Now we have in excess of 1500. Buffalo within the delta have gone from 1200 in the early 90's to over 14000 now. Every species has increased incredibly and now we boast having some of the largest game numbers in Africa per square mile. I can see you now thinking well why does he want funding for anti poaching then. Well its simple, outside of our block is very little game. So we are a huge magnet for poachers. I currently have a 22 man unit which is effective but if I am going to keep on seeing game increase, I need to up the game a bit.                   














My plan is to equip a 5 man quick reaction unit myself with a vehicle and the rangers all equipped and clothed. We have come up with a budget for salaries and fuel of $2000-00 per month. It will be fully accountable and I will personally be liable for it. 


As for our area ( coutada 11) , we are in for the long haul and have just had a 10 year renewed contract signed with an option to extend for a further 5 years. We are used as the model concession and most new policies are tested with us first. For example the community meat quota. We instigated this and it is now a policy in Mozambique.

We have just completed a 3 class room school built of brick as well as a store room and ablution facilities. We are in the process of building 3 teachers houses now. Our next project will probably be a health center. We also have supplied a very successful community corn mill. All the above have given us fantastic community relations and at the end of the day conservation has benefitted.


ZIMBABWE CONSERVATION PROJECT


HHK Safaris, Zimbabwe are overseeing and managing THCC’s donation of $5,000 to the Mbire Rural District Council’s CAMPFIRE program.  These funds are being used for:

Anti-poaching:
To purchase equipment, ammunition and uniforms for the game scouts.

Education: 
1) Scholarship fund - every year people in the area are killed or badly injured by elephant, lion, crocodile, and buffalo. Invariably the person killed is the breadwinner in the family and the wife is left struggling to educate their children. Through the Texas Hill Country SCI Scholarship Fund, school fees and uniforms are being purchased to assist these families.

 2) Soccer tournament – an annual inter-schools soccer tournament, in which all the schools in the various wards are invited to participate. The students are given t-shirts with THCC logo and provided lunch.  The local Council Wildlife Officer and a member of Zimbabwe National Parks speak to the children about conservation and the CAMPFIRE program.
3) Compensation -   compensation to villagers for livestock killed by lion, leopards and hyenas.  Lions sometimes move into this area. They kill a cow or two and HHK professional hunters are called in to kill the lions. Instead of the PH shooting a $70,000 lion, or another valuable trophy, some funds are being used to partially compensate the villagers, AND they are being educated on ways to better protect their livestock. 

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