The Coronavirus crisis has been with us for weeks, probably even months. This pandemic is impacting our Wildlife Heroes in very challenging ways. In the midst of the turmoil our youngest Wildlife Hero stumbled on a remarkable win-win situation to help feed the baboons in her rehabilitation center.
Baye with Free to be Wild once again shows amazing compassion and resilience. Way back when Baye first reached out to us she was about to lose the piece of land her sanctuary called home. It was a horribly stressful time. When most of us would have given up… Baye persevered. Over the years we have known her she continues to meet challenge after challenge. Today she runs a premier rescue rehab center in Zimbabwe. Here feathered and furry, big and small wildlife find healing and chance at living free again, or a forever home if necessary.
The Coronavirus crisis is possibly Baye’s biggest nemesis yet. Paying volunteers and students are gone. Both provide much of the funding life blood for her center. Access to food is increasing difficult and costs are sky high. At the same time funds are at a frightening low… and the animals keep coming! On the contrary injuries from poaching efforts are predicted to rise across Africa.
However, in true Baye fashion she has found a way to fight the Coronavirus crisis… at least on one front. She has found a cooperative way to feed her baboons.
Beating the Coronavirus crisis to feed her Baboons
The story in her own words as posted on the Free to be Wild Facebook page.
You never know what you might find! An eye brow salon in the middle of the Bush was not what we were expecting this morning when we headed out on our baboon veg collection.
Lockdown has meant many informal sectors are struggling with means to get their produce to the markets, meaning no sales and no income. We heard of a village not far from us who had hundreds of melons that they were not able to move since the lockdown which is now going on 4 weeks.
Supporting local and knowing both the villagers and the baboons would benefit from this trip we headed on our way, and were met on the road by the kids who were waiting to direct us. Dressed with war paint it turned out to be one of the best mornings! And I even got my eyebrows done!
These kids have so little. No shoes, jeans inside out. Boys wearing girls clothes. No schooling. The same meals day in and out. And yet something as simple as an eye brow pencil can bring them so much joy and laughter.
I love how the universe guides us through moments like these that constantly remind us how truly blessed we are!
Tonight they no longer need to worry, we have agreed to support them and any other villages in the area buying their produce for our primates! And of course this would not be possible without your continued support in donations towards the feeding of our animals during the shutdown.