On a recent emergency visit and as temperatures skyrocketed, our team watched in dismay as animals fought each other over the last few drops of once-plentiful water. Zebra fought among themselves, kicking and biting, warthog families were driven from the life-giving water and baby elephants tried to make an inch of water into a mud bath.
The good news is we have a plan. We promised to buy state-of-the-art solar-powered water pumps to provide a reliable source of ground water and, thanks to our supporters, we are nearly there. We just need to raise another $4,000.00 (£2,900.00) to provide two critical waterholes with life-giving water.
In the meantime, we are trucking in water from distant reservoirs to help animals survive in the short-term. South African National Parks (SANParks), which manages Addo, is doing everything it can to help and so far no animals have died – but without water, it’s just a matter of time.
We have the opportunity – and we must not let it pass – to save elephants, antelope, warthogs, zebra and so many other animals. They cannot survive this drought much longer.
As you read these words, water trucks are already at work (we were there to help pumping ourselves).
The stress of thirst is driving animals to fight each other for a share of the meager water supply. Worse still – baby animals don’t stand a chance to access the prized remaining inches of muddy water.