We are absolutely thrilled to have had Jamie Sparks in Camp Nomade the past week. She was the chefs trainer (to Abdoulaye standing right), manager to Camp Nomade and is author to the book Tchad: a gastronomic safari which takes you on a week-long safari through Zakouma, supported by its history, its wildlife and... its cuisine. To repeat @sophy_roberts words in the introduction: if you are not going to go to Zakouma, do the next best thing and buy this book! 75% of all profit goes to @africanparksnetwork, so besides inspiring meals you will support our work too. 💚🌶 Follow its journey on @cookingforconservation and order your copy at www.cookingforconservation.com
Managing a National Park and tourism facilities in a place such as Zakouma requires good first aid training and equipment on site, as good medical facilities are several hours away. We therefore organised a week-long, very intensive training with the organisation Africa SAFE-T, who specialise in emergency care for highly remote environments, for key members of the Zakouma staff. #zakouma_national_park#zakouma#firstaid#remote#wilderness#africanparks#chad
#Repost@africanparksnetwork • • • Regrettably, we have further bad news to report from Chad. An additional two black rhino carcasses were discovered in Zakouma National Park this week, bringing the total mortalities to four, of the six that were reintroduced in May this year. We can confirm that none of these rhinos were poached and we are taking all actions to determine what may have resulted in their deaths. On the advice of a team of veterinarians experienced in working with black rhinos, the remaining two animals are being recaptured and placed in holding facilities in order to facilitate closer management; and a SANParks veterinarian was dispatched to Zakouma National Park to assist with the process, and one rhino has already been recaptured and is doing well in their enclosure. Post-mortems have been conducted and various samples of blood, tissue and fecal matter were sent to specialist pathology laboratories in South Africa. Histopathological results so far have indicated that infectious diseases or plant toxicity are not the cause of death. Serological evidence has however indicated exposure to trypanosomes, a blood borne parasite transmitted by tsetse flies, but at this stage this is not suspected to be the cause of the mortalities. Low fat reserves do suggest however that maladaptation by the rhinos to their new environment is the likely underlying cause, although tests to be undertaken on brain and spinal fluid may shed additional light on the exact cause of deaths. Collaboration among the Governments of the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Chad, including SANParks and African Parks remains active as efforts continue to be made to establish clarity around the exact cause of deaths of the four rhinos, and to safeguard the remaining two animals. Please see the link in our bio for the full, joint statement.