Stichting PDC

In memoriam Gregory Leonard Gibbard "Gibby"
02-10-1953/07-04-2015



The last weeks I have the feeling of climbing a wall, a wall of sadness. April will never be just another month of the year. We look back at an agitated year, overshadowed by the passing of Greg “Gibby“ Gibbard. It is still hard to believe that he isn’t among us anymore and that is hard, hard not only during this memorial day but every moment since that horrible day in April 2015.
Gibby has a dream, a dream of a better world for nature and particularly for the Painted Dogs. I speak in the simple present form because his dream stays alive thanks to a very dedicated team in the field.
Every day that you join us to keep his dream alive, he is still among us.
Ron van der A, Chairman Stichting PDC, The Netherlands



I cannot even begin to reflect on the successes of 2015 without first mentioning our beloved friend and colleague, Greg “Gibby” Gibbard. Not a day goes by without us reflecting on his selfless contribution towards Painted Dog Conservation and his generous spirit. It has been my privilege to know Gibby for more than 16 years. As a colleague and, above all, as a friend. He was someone I felt I could rely on, no matter what. He possessed the rare qualities of absolute loyalty and integrity and as such he took great exception with anyone who did not behave in a similar way. Gibby was someone who always gave his best and never one to complain. He was always willing to take on and learn new things that would help us move forward or cope with a particular situation, determined to not let us down. Of course he was known affectionately as “Grumpy Greg,” but those of us who had the privilege to work with him and get to know him knew that beneath that rough layer was one of the warmest, kindest, most generous people you could wish to meet. He loved the dogs and was truly committed to their conservation. He was posthumously granted the Disney Conservation Hero Award, which was such a proud moment for all of us at PDC. He found his place with us here in Hwange and we miss him very much. Peter Blinston, friend of Gibby, Managing Director PDC project


In February 2014 I was visiting the Painted Dog Conservation Centre, a stone's throw from Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. The invitation came from the Dutch Foundation Painted Dog Conservation. Four days I stayed at the senior quarter of the PDC and shared the house with the Australian Gregory Gibbard, Gibby. I had to adjust to his Australian accent and his humor, but quickly I appreciated this stern man with a great heart for humans and animals, especially Painted Dogs. Everything and everyone he descripted as ‘little buggers’ and sometimes I really had to figure out if he was talking about the Zimbabweans he was working so close with or the Painted Dogs that were so close to his heart. An Australian living in the bush for more then ten years and worked full hearted on building up a local community and protecting Painted Dogs, who still were present in and around Hwange. A few months later I saw him again for a short while. ‘I am still the same, buggered all the time by these buggers,’ he smiled and said goodbye with, ‘See you when you get here again.’
Great was the shock when I got the message that Gregory has passed away. My heart goes to everybody at PDC and all people, also Dutch, that met Gregory, maybe smoked a cigarette with him and who saw what a special person he was. A great, great loss.
‘I see you when I see you’, Gregory, but that will not be in this world. I hope that wherever you are you can completely lose your heart to new ‘buggers’. Marjolein Westerterp, Publisher "Oog voor Afrika" magazine


PDC-UK in collaboration with the staff of PDC (Zimbabwe) recently constructed this permanent tribute adjacent to 'The Brick House' (Gibby's home). Derek Frey, Chairman PDC UK, who has visited the project last month.

May Gibby rest in eternal peace and his spirit continue inspiring us to look after the Painted Dogs.









Nieuwe Afrikaanse wilde honden in GaiaZOO



Op 16 maart 2016 arriveerde een nieuwe groep Afrikaanse wilde honden in GaiaZOO. De negen mannen zijn opgegroeid in Safaripark Beekse Bergen. Na een dagje wennen aan het binnenverblijf en de separatie, mocht de groep op 18 maart voor het eerst kennismaken met hun nieuwe buitenverblijf. De afgelopen maanden werd er hard gewerkt aan de realisatie van hun nieuwe onderkomen. Niet alleen is het verblijf in oppervlakte verdubbeld, ook is het een stuk overzichtelijker voor de bezoeker.
“De groep wilde honden stond te trappelen om naar buiten te gaan. Het is als dierverzorger mooi om te zien dat de dieren zich thuis voelen en meteen op ontdekkingstocht gaan”.

Wij willen als stichting graag GaiaZOO bedanken voor de uitnodiging om hiervan getuige te zijn en voor de jarenlange samenwerking. Ook dit jaar heeft GaiaZoo onze stichting gesteund met een mooie bijdrage om een nieuwe Anti Stropers Eenheid in dienst te nemen.

Wilt u beelden zien van dit mooie moment, klik dan hier


In search of Broken Rifle



Snares are a major hazard for painted dogs and removing them is rarely straight forward. This is a story about a snared dog called Cusp and how Painted Dog Conservation (PDC) responded to the emergency. The event took place at the beginning of this year and tells of the six days when Peter Blinston, Jealous Mpofu, Dr Makzikanda, Nick Dyer and Munyaradzi Chiwara went is search of the Broken Rifle Pack, in an attempt to save Cusp’s life.

If you want to read to whole story, click here

The week of Jealous Mpofu


For years the Painted Dog Conservation foundation has worked on the protection of wild dogs in Zimbabwe. It’s a hard battle in a socially complex country, with an animal species that does not generate a lot of popularity and a fast growing human population that increasingly needs more land. However, a motivated team fights to save these beautiful animals against all odds. Jealous Mpofu is at the forefront of that fight.
Het hele dagboek kunt u hier lezen.






















Beschermheer Dr. Freek Vonk


Met trots maken wij bekend dat met ingang van heden (september 2015) Dr. Freek Vonk de beschermheer van Stichting Painted Dog Conservation is geworden.

“Hallo, hier Freek vanuit een snikheet Zimbabwe, diep in Afrika.
Zojuist terug van een geweldige trip naar het Painted Dog Conservation project. Een uniek project voor een unieke diersoort; de wilde hond!
Ik heb geholpen bij het verzorgen van een gewonde hond en ben niet alleen onder de indruk van het team in het veld, maar met name van de wilde hond zelf. Toen ik dan ook gevraagd werd om beschermheer van de Nederlandse stichting te worden, zei ik volmondig: JA!
Ik zal me samen met de stichting en het veldteam inzetten om door middel van actie, educatie en onderzoek de Afrikaanse wilde hond te beschermen. Dit is nog steeds hard nodig aangezien deze unieke diersoort met uitsterven wordt bedreigd.”


Stichting Painted Dog Conservation



De in 2004 opgerichte Stichting Painted Dog Conservation heeft als doel door middel van actie, voorlichting en onderzoek de Afrikaanse wilde hond te beschermen. Dit is hard nodig aangezien deze unieke diersoort met uitsterven wordt bedreigd. Liepen er honderd jaar geleden nog 500.000 wilde honden door Afrika, vandaag de dag zijn dat er nog maar 5000-8000. De grootste bedreiging vormt de mens, jaarlijks sterven er veel dieren in strikken en door aanrijdingen.
Onze doelstelling de wilde hond te beschermen streven we vooralsnog uitsluitend na door het Painted Dog Conservation Project in Zimbabwe te ondersteunen. Dit heeft onder meer te maken met de persoonlijke band die de Stichting met het project heeft. De Stichting is voortgekomen uit het feit dat alle bestuursleden regelmatig het Painted Dog Conservation Project in Zimbabwe bezochten. Elk van ons was erg onder de indruk van de unieke, breed georiënteerde aanpak van het Project en wilde zich graag inzetten om de bescherming van de Afrikaanse wilde honden en de werkzaamheden van het PDC Project verder te ondersteunen. En zo werd de Stichting Painted Dog Conservation geboren.

De nieuwe bedreiging voor de Afrikaanse wilde hond is handel!


Recent liet een documentaire van Journeyman pictures zien dat er een nieuwe bedreiging voor de Afrikaanse wilde hond is: handel. Painted Dog Conservation probeert de wilde honden daar tegen te beschermen en zijn ze door middel van een actieve lobby geregisteerd als bedreigde diersoort op de Rode lijst van CITES.

Help ons


U kunt ons op verschillende manieren helpen, zowel financieel als materieel. Er is een winkel waar u producten kunt kopen gemaakt door de lokale bevolking, u kunt als donateur de stichting en daarmee het Painted Dog Conservation Project steunen en u kunt vrijwilliger worden, in Nederland en zelfs in Zimbabwe.

Winkel


Onze anti-stropersunits verwijderen veel strikken uit de ‘bush’. De lokale bevolking maakt er in het ‘Art & Craft-centrum’ onder andere draaddieren van. Zij worden hiervoor betaald en kunnen hierdoor in hun onderhoud voorzien of hun schoolgeld betalen. Deze producten worden via de Stichting verkocht en via winkels in Reeuwijk en Utrecht.

Vrienden van de Wilde Hond club


Sinds kort hebben we een 'Vrienden van de Wilde Hond club', bestaande uit een groep vrijwilligers, collega's en andere donateurs die graag ons project op een wat meer reguliere basis willen steunen.
Via de 'Vriendenclub' is het mogelijk in plaats van het totale project, een bepaald onderdeel hiervan financieel te ondersteunen zoals bijvoorbeeld het onderwijs, de voedselvoorziening, voorziening medicijnen of zelfs iemand die je kent, persoonlijk.


In memoriam: Gregory Leonard 'Gibby' Gibbard

The Painted Dog Conservation (PDC) family grieves over the cold-blooded murder of our dearly beloved friend and colleague Gregory Leonard Gibbard. This was really a callous act on an innocent man who loved PDC, Hwange and Zimbabwe.

A suspect, and former employee of PDC, Xmas Mpofu, has been arrested and charged for the murder. The police are still investigating the motive behind this wanton act.

“Gibby” as we affectionately called him, loved Zimbabwe and the tranquil environment of Zimbabwe in general but Hwange in particular. PDC is devastated by the loss a man who voluntarily carried out his work, despite many challenges, with unsurpassed loyalty and integrity. He was someone who always gave his best and never one to complain. He was always willing to take on and learn new things to help us move forward or cope with a particular situation. He never let us down. Those of us privileged to live and work closely with him for so many years knew that beneath that thin “rough” exterior was a man who possessed a remarkable warmth and generous spirit.

He found his place here with us in Zimbabwe and became a pivotal member of or team, our family. He is impossible to replace and we miss him so much.

With deep sorrow and revulsion we mourn our beloved friend and pass our sincere condolences to his family in Australia and his friends around the world.

We would like to thank the police for the sterling job they are doing in making sure the culprit is brought to justice.

We also would like to convey our condolences to the Australian Embassy and also thank them for the assistance they are giving us in this very sad and difficult time.

May Gibby rest in eternal peace and his spirit continue inspiring us to look after the painted dogs.



Dear Friends,

A few times in life we are the messenger of very, very sad news:

Tuesday, 7th of April 2015 has made a deep, deep groove in our souls, but sweet memories of Gibby will fill it up, slowly but surely.

Rest In Peace our mate.
With our deepest respect,

Ron van der A
On behalf of Stichting Painted Dog Conservation

Painted Dog Conservation
We are desperately sad to bring you the news that Greg "Gibby" Gibbard was killed under suspicious circumstances on the evening of April 7th.
We are deeply shocked by his death and the nature of his death. He remains a beloved friend, co worker and devoted conservationist in our hearts and we hope he is resting in peace now.
The police investigation is on going. There have been reports posted around the internet and on other face book pages suggesting that Greg's untimely death was related to poaching activities.
For the record I need to say that there is no foundation for such reports at this stage.

Overriding is the depth of loss and despair that we and Greg's family feel.

FROM: Peter Blinston, Managing Director, Painted Dog Conservation.