This is the last blog on my recent trip to Africa and it covers my time spent in Zimbabwe visiting the Tikki Hywood Foundation (THF).

It was great being back in Zimbabwe and spending time with Lisa Hywood, founder of THF, as well as her right hand woman Ellen. It’s been 4 years since my last visit and their wildlife rescue and rehabilitation work has gone from strength to strength.

For those of you who don’t know, THF is Africa’s leading expert in the rehabilitation of pangolins. In addition to rehabilitating and rewilding large numbers of them in Zimbabwe, they partner with 12 other African countries and provide critical advice on the intricacies of pangolin care and rehabilitation.

Pangolin are a critically endangered species and one of most trafficked wildlife species. The main reason for this trade is the supposed medicinal values of their scales in Chinese medicine, but they are also traded for their meat, which is considered a delicacy. To help combat this, THF very works closely with the Zimbabwean government on implementing new legislation to help protect them.

THF was founded on a small holding property a short distance from the capital city, Harare. It comprises of 60 hectares of pristine miombo woodland and over the 28 years of its existence has become a sanctuary for a variety of wildlife species and a small number of domestic animals too. All the animals which have found sanctuary there have been rescued from either the illegal wildlife trade or have become orphaned for a variety of reasons. Most animals arrive compromised and require intensive care to regain their health. Following expert rehabilitation programmes, some are able to return to their wildlife origins, but sadly some are too affected by their ordeals and remain in lifetime care.

OAT has been supporting THF’s work for a number of years and following my recent visit, we decided to extend another grant for further development of the sanctuary including extra onsite accommodation for the animal carers. See photos below of some of the resident animals I met when I was there, as well as some of their dedicated carers.

That about wraps up feedback from my Africa trip and as I am posting blog, I am en route to Vietnam. I will be spending time with the Animals Asia team based there and I will be attending the ground breaking ceremony for their new and second bear sanctuary. I will also be visiting their elephant project there that enable elephants to be retired from exploitative elephant riding camps and live out their lives in the national parks. Exciting times ahead and more on this when I get back! Bye for now.


    1. Hi Will,

      Thank you for taking the time to comment, really appreciate it especially coming from you.
      Hope to see you soon, please send my love and respect to you wonderful Mum xxx

      Returned from Vietnam a few days ago……….Phew!!!! that was an exhausting trip but well well worth it, Jill and her team are Amazing!
      Dave x

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  1. Hi Dave

    What an incredible organisation THF is and what a remarkable woman Lisa
    is. It’s wonderful for you to be able to visit and see it in action, but
    also very motivating for them to know how genuinely interested you are
    as a donor. I know that means the world to conservation NGOs.

    Wishing you safe travels in Vietnam and looking forward to your blog on
    Animals in Asia!

    Take care,


    Anna Tolan

    Founding Director

    PO Box 67, Mfuwe, Zambia

    http://www.chipembele.org http://www.chipembele.org


    Mobile/WhatsApp: +260 979 854944

    /’…giving communities hope and wildlife a chance.’/

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    1. Hi Anna,
      Thank you for your kind and honest words, THF and Lisa and her team are simply AMAZING!
      Got back from Vietnam a few days, what a great trip!!

      Best wishes to you and Clint

      Dave x

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  2. Thank you for Dave’s interesting and informative news on his recent trip to Zim. We wish him a safe and successful trip to Vietnam and look forward to hearing about it

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