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15 August 2017PDC UK talk to Polehampton Bingo Club

After a PDC UK talk - Members of the Polehampton Bingo Club enjoyed the interesting 'combination' whilst it rained 'Cats & Dog's outside.

members of the polehampton bingo club

02 August 2017Donate to Delia's PDC Fundraising Parachute Jump

delia's pdc uk parachute jump - 4th september - please donateDelia Graham will be jumping from 2 miles above ground on 24th Sepetember to raise PDC UK funds needed for more anti-snare collars.

Please donate generously via JustGiving.

"85% of dogs caught in a snare will be killed. This figure drops to 15% when anti-snare collars are fitted. They really make a difference.

Snares are set to catch bush meat but they also trap other animals which are left to an awful death. The collars allow the dogs to survive until the anti-snare patrols are able to assist. Sometimes they are taken to the rehab centre until they are fit enough to hunt again."

02 August 2017Wildlife Heritage Foundation - roundup

Yet another GREAT SUCCESS for our charity. A sincere thanks to the WHF Directors, staff, and both new and returning supporters, from the PDC-UK Trustees (not forgetting the 'dogs'!)

wildlife heritage foundation - pdc uk photo montage

26 July 2017Accident: fortunate in misfortune

“A PDC vehicle was involved in an accident yesterday, but thankfully the two staff, Washington Moyo (driving) and Thomas Mutonhori, walked away with only minor injuries.

pdc car crash

No other vehicle or persons were involved. Washington lost control of the car on an incline and went off the road into a ditch, which flipped the car over, tearing of the roof in the process.

pdc car crash

We were making our way to Mana Pools, where Washington and Thomas were to be based until the end of August. I was driving some 20 minutes behind them and arrived at the scene fearing the worse when I saw the extent of the accident.

pdc car crash

I was able to contact the PDC office with the assistance of Ron van der A in Holland, using the satellite phone that WCN gave us a couple of years ago.

pdc car crash

David Kuvawoga arrived with Dought Nkomo, Enock Zulu, Dominic Nyathi, Ganizani Piri and Melusi Sibanda in three PDC vehicles, and Dominic took Washington and Thomas to St Patrick’s Hospital as a precaution.

Enock Zulu, as a former police officer, recorded all that is required by the police when reporting such incidents. Then we began the process of extracting the vehicle from the dry river bed.

The help from the local people was extraordinary. Paul Muleya, a local shop owner was first on the scene with his friend Lloyd Ngwena. They were a tremendous help in getting the guys out of the vehicle and generally clearing everything up while we waited for David etc…. to arrive. They were also a major help in extracting the car from the river bed.

Paul sat with me and told me how Tonga (their tribe) traditions encourage (if that’s the right word) them to help others, as you never know when you will need help yourself. That everyone you meet should be treated as your brother, father, sister, mother as the case may be, because one day you will need someone to treat you just the same. It was really lovely to hear such a story.

pdc car crash

I towed the car back to PDC  approx 200km). The accident compromises our operations as the vehicle is a write-off. It was used for tracking painted dogs and also deploying anti poaching. So we will have to try and source the funds to buy another as quickly as possible.”

Peter Blinston

11 July 2017Gundwane School, Lupane (Funded by PDC-UK)

gundwane school, lupane (funded by pdc-uk)

Sleepy eyed pupils from emerge for their early morning Game Drive.

gundwane school, lupane (funded by pdc-uk)

All smiles having & 'touched the wild' exercise books 'ticked boxed' with animal sightings.

04 July 2017

A normally shy Puppy called 'Hamuka' shares the 'limelight' with PDC-UK's Chairman Derek Fry at the recent Reading Water Festival. Photo by Stewart Turkington.

pdc uk at reading water festival

29 June 2017St Frances Class B attends PDC Bush Camp

PDC-UK's second of four School's to be funded this year at a 'squeeze' followed by an 'open air' lesson.

pdc-uk st frances b attends pdc bush camp

13 June 2017PDC UK at Wildlife Heritage Foundation 19th & 23rd July

PDC UK at Wildlife Heritage Foundation, Smarden, Kent (19th to 23rd July)

13 June 2017PDC UK at Reading Water Festival 2017

Many thanks to all our supporters for contributing to yet another successful day at Reading.

pdc uk at reading water festival 2017

pdc uk at reading water festival 2017

pdc uk at reading water festival 2017

pdc uk at reading water festival 2017

06 June 2017St. Francis Class A arrive at Bush Camp

The first of PDC-UK's four 2017 sponsored children's 'Bush Camps' arrive at PDC's educational facility adjacent to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.

st francis class a arrive at bush camp

st francis class a arrive at bush camp

st francis class a arrive at bush camp

25 May 2017Rock the Moor 2017

PDC-UK would like to thank all those supporters who visited our stand last Saturday. We would also like to thank 'mother nature' for the 'Rainbow Finale’!

rock the moor 2017 - pdc uk

rock the moor 2017 - pdc uk

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