BMS treats pupils to the zoo

2016-11-02 06:00
PHOTO: supplied  Pupils and teachers from Khwezi Primary in Sobantu at the zoo last week courtesy of Bluff Meat Supply.

PHOTO: supplied Pupils and teachers from Khwezi Primary in Sobantu at the zoo last week courtesy of Bluff Meat Supply.

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A TOTAL of 64 pupils and four teachers from Khwezi Primary in Sobantu were treated to an outing to the Natal Zoological Gardens last week, courtesy of Bluff Meat Supply.

For many of the Grade 6 and Grade 7 pupils this was their first visit to the zoo as well as their first time seeing animals in real life.

“The pupils were over the moon. It was a fantastic outing and they [pupils] learnt a lot. They had their own guide, who gave them talks on the animals, they were given a booklet and the guides answered questions so it was very educational.

“We want to thank Bluff Meat Supply and especially Mark, who afforded the pupils this opportunity. May God bless them immensely for all the work they do and give them many more years of business,” said Constance Mbanjwa, Khwezi Primary School principal.

Mark Lederle from Bluff Meat Supply is very involved in local wildlife conservation.

“The children come from the Sobantu area, which is very close to the Darville sewerage works, an area that is a haven for wildlife. Unfortunately, it is regularly targeted by dog hunters.

“I’ve worked with Samson Phakathi of the Endangered Wildlife Trust in the past. He is a passionate conservationist and does a lot of work educating the youth and others about conservation and why poaching, snaring or any other means, is illegal and the possible consequences to them and the effect on the environment,” said Lederle.

He added that with Phakathi, they worked with Mbanjwa when she was at the Mpushini Farm School and, over the years, saw an immediate reduction in the amount of snares in the area, and some positive feedback from the community with regards to dog hunters in the area.

“BMS supplied everything for the trip, bus, entrance fee, refreshments and a meal. They also gave out a number of soccer and netballs to the children, who answered questions on conservation afterwards - the balls were donated by Rod and Judy Tifflin.

“This was the first time the majority had seen a lot of the animals. I’m sure they learnt a lot, and will understand why poaching in all its forms is frowned on and why it is important to look after the wildlife and environment in our area,” said Lederle.

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