Innocent Victims: Rescuing the Stranded Animals of Zimbabwe's Farm Invasions

Innocent Victims: Rescuing the Stranded Animals of Zimbabwe's Farm Invasions

by Catherine Buckle

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In December 2002, Meryl Harrison moved a large audience to tears at the BBC Animal Awards Ceremony, having been flown over from her native Zimbabwe to receive their Special Award. There she told her tale of the rescue of countless animals caught up in five years of the Zimbabwean land invasions, as farmers and families were forced from their homes to make way for Mugabe's 'war veterans'. Many had to leave their animals behind, and it was Meryl's mission on behalf of the under-funded ZNSPCA to go into these destroyed farmsteads to rescue countless domestic animals and wounded livestock. Nandi, pictured on the book-jacket of this heart-warming account of her animal rescues, is just one of the many ordinary pet dogs she managed to save. The bravery of Meryl and her small team, as they overcame huge obstacles to find and return these traumatised pets to their loving owners, has earned her world-renown. But she didn't do it for any human praise - she did it for the animals, the innocent victims of human folly.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781906122812
Publisher: Merlin Unwin Books Limited
Publication date: 03/15/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 360
File size: 637 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

"Catherine Buckle was born in 1957 in Harare, Zimbabwe. She trained as a social worker at the University of Zimbabwe and graduated with a diploma in Social Work in 1979. She later trained as a Librarian and worked as the School Librarian and Head Counsellor at an Harare girls senior school.

Catherine was the Estate Manager of a small conservation education game park - the Mukuvis Woodlands - just outside Harare for 9 years, where she was involved in raising baby elephants, crocodiles and general game and conservation management.

In her spare time she is a writer and has four novels in print in Zimbabwe, two for children and two for teenagers.

Since 2000 she has had two non-fiction books published on the crisis in Zimbabwe: African Tears, the Zimbabwe Land Invasions and Beyond Tears, Zimbabwe's tragedy.

Catherine currently writes a weekly column for a UK daily newspaper under a pseudonym for her own protection. She also writes a weekly letter from Zimbabwe about events there. This letter is used by a number of media outlets - radio, newspaper and web sites, in South Africa, the UK, Canada and Australia. The letter is also published on her own website and read every week on a UK-based radio station SW Radio Africa.

Catherine is divorced and has a 16-year-old son."

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Glossary ix

Foreword David Shepherd CBE xi

Chapter 1 Black Jacques 1

Chapter 2 All Aboard! 7

Chapter 3 The Wildlife Conservancy - a story of death and of life (1) 17

Chapter 4 Nandi 27

Chapter 5 Letters in the Sand 41

Chapter 6 Bindura Birds 49

Chapter 7 The Rushinga Pigs 55

Chapter 8 Bob 61

Chapter 9 Buddy 69

Chapter 10 Squeak 74

Chapter 11 'Love is home' 82

Chapter 12 Major, the dog who drank and drank... and drank! 94

Chapter 13 Cuthbert, the tennis ball cat 105

Chapter 14 Alice 115

Chapter 15 Marmalade 121

Chapter 16 'Indulge me just once' 134

Chapter 17 Ignorance is bliss 141

Chapter 18 Upside down chickens 147

Chapter 19 Pumba, Mufasa and Zazu - dogs under house arrest! 154

Chapter 20 'The pigs were not co-operating' 162

Chapter 21 Cannon 170

Chapter 22 In memory of Stompie and five hundred others 176

Chapter 23 'Dial 999 for Emergency!' 196

Chapter 24 Bart 207

Chapter 25 Kitty Kitty 217

Chapter 26 Shumba 222

Chapter 27 Puss-cat 227

Chapter 28 Sassy and Charlie 231

Chapter 29 Pamberi! Al versus A2 239

Chapter 30 Heart Beat 250

Chapter 31 Poisonous Fish 259

Chapter 32 In her shoes 268

Chapter 33 Ben and Storm 287

Chapter 34 The Wildlife Conservancy - a story of death and of life (2) 300

Chapter 35 Bokkie 311

Afterword 331

Bibliography 335

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