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Imire Rhino & Wildlife Conservation

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A Rewilding like No Other: Mongooses Go to Zimbabwe

This unique rewilding initiative was a collaborative effort with Imire Rhino & Wildlife Conservation. The group of twelve mongooses, comprising seven males and five females, some of whom are pregnant, were initially acclimatized to their new environment at Imire before being released into the wider conservancy.

The Role of Mongooses in the Ecosystem

Mongooses play a vital role in the ecosystem by consuming grubs, insects, and fruits, which aids in seed dispersal. Additionally, they serve as a valuable food source for the birds of prey and other small carnivores. 

Rescue and Rehabilitation: The Journey of the Mongooses

Each mongoose at Wild and Free has a unique story of hardship. Many were rescued from situations where they were intended to be kept as pets or were victims of the illegal wildlife trade. One notable rescue, a female mongoose called “Blondie,” was discovered at OR Tambo Airport, having accidentally traveled there, likely via a car engine.

A Year of Dedication and Collaboration

The successful relocation of these mongooses to Imire is the result of over a year of dedicated work by the staff at Wild and Free, WeWild Africa, the team at Imire, and the vets at Wildlifevets.com. Deirdre Joubert of Wild and Free expressed her deep connection to this project, emphasizing the emotional journey and the fulfillment of seeing these animals return to the wild. Join us in helping rescue and rewild every creature, big or small.


How You Can Help

The work carried out by WeWild Africa is only possible with the support of individual donors like yourself. You can join us and help us to rescue wildlife, rewild animals, and restore landscapes. 


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