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Chipangali celebrates 40th anniversary

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The Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage organisation yesterday celebrated the 40th anniversary at the Hillside Dams in Bulawayo.

Report by Pamela Mhlanga

The event was a hive of activity with a huge number of people flocking to the celebrations, which started at 10am and ended at 5pm. A number of animals from Chipangali Orphanage were brought for display at the event.

It was characterised by people showcasing art displays, including Girls’ College school of art, the sale of different wares, a marimba group band and drawing competitions for children.

In an interview with Southern Eye during the event, the Chipangali Orphanage director Nicky Wilson revealed that the orphanage had in the past 40 years cared for and released more than 500 animals into the wild.

“We have released a number of animals in these 40 years and this includes 120 hedgehogs, around 100 tortoises, around 200 birds and other animals,” she said.

Wilson said the organisation had a passion for animals and was engaged with various schools around Bulawayo and rural Matabeleland.

The organisation provided primary pupils and secondary students with educational programmes about wild animals and the Chipangali orphanage.

“We have achieved a lot in these 40 years and we even partnered with Oregun Zoo in the United States, which donated eight sets of sporting kits to schools we are engaged with,” she added.

The wildlife orphanage was established in 1973 by the late ex-game ranger Vivian Wilson and his wife Paddy. Its primary function is to offer a home to orphaned, abandoned and sick wild animals.

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