This is how our first weir looked until a
couple of weeks ago.
The rains normally
begin in November, but what’s “normal” about the climate these days?There was much shaking of heads on Stone
Hills through Christmas and beyond when temperatures soared into the late 30’s.
Another drought was almost certainly looming, and no amount of supplementary
feed was going help the animals through this one.
FIRST WEIR SPILLING - JANUARY 2014
FIRST WEIR - LOOKING BACK FROM THE SPILLWAY - JANUARY 2014
And then suddenly the rains arrived, giving
us the best New Year’s present we could ever have wished for.We are heading for a total of 500mm (20 inches) to date and
with any luck there will be more, as we need late rains to see us through winter.Now the place is
bursting with babies – warthogs, impala, wildebeest, zebra and eland – many of
whom owe their lives to the support (whether it was financial, in kind, advice or passing the appeal onto your friends) that so many of you gave to their mothers through that
devastating drought.We lost some of
course, particularly amongst the older animals, with the sable taking the
hardest knock – but they too are recovering now that their bellies are full of
new green grass.