Vic Falls hosts eco-mu­si­cal event for wildlife

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Leonard Ncube in Vic­to­ria Falls

EN­VI­RON­MEN­TAL­ISTS in con­junc­tion with tour op­er­a­tors and ho­tels in Vic­to­ria Falls are or­gan­is­ing a mu­si­cal show to raise $50 000 which will be used to­wards fight­ing hu­man-wildlife con­flict. The first ever eco-mu­si­cal event dubbed Ele­fenst2016 has been slated for De­cem­ber 17 at River­side – on the edges of the Zam­bezi River.

Artistes from the re­sort town – Evicted, Mackay, Fly­ing Bantu, Army and the Calami­ties, Kwe­seka Band, So Kindly and Bud Cock­croft & friends are billed to per­form with more national artistes set to be un­veiled.

Show or­gan­iser Guy Cock­croft said they wanted to raise funds to erect a so­lar elec­tric fence around a dump­site near Ma­sue River. The project also in­cludes setting up a string of bee­hives be­tween Mkhosana sub­urb and the Cham­abondo National Park and Zam­bezi National Park (ele­phants are afraid of bees) to pre­vent ele­phants from stray­ing into hu­man set­tle­ments as well as erect­ing an­other elec­tric fence around the Big Tree where ele­phants have killed peo­ple be­fore.

“The ini­tial tar­get is $50 000 but even if we reach this, plans are un­der­way to make the fundrais­ing an on­go­ing an­nual event,” Cock­roft said.

“We hope to erect a fence around the dump­site after re­al­is­ing that ev­ery night, there’re ele­phants and other species scav­eng­ing for food which end up eat­ing plas­tics. An ele­phant eats about 2 000kgs of grass daily and that in­cludes plas­tics and re­searchers from Vic­to­ria Falls Wildlife Trust have been find­ing dead an­i­mals with plas­tic in their ab­domen.”

Ele­fenst2016 will be a fam­ily fun day as peo­ple are en­cour­aged to come out to sup­port the cause.

“We’re ap­peal­ing for cor­po­rate spon­sor­ship in cash or kind,” said Cock­roft.

Or­gan­i­sa­tions in­volved in the fundrais­ing in­clude Vic­to­ria Falls Green Fund, En­vi­ron­ment Africa, Shear­wa­ter, Wilder­ness Sa­faris, Vic­to­ria Falls Ho­tel and Beauty Guest Lodge. Tick­ets for the show are al­ready on sale with the cheap­est be­ing $10. VIP tick­ets are be­ing sold for $60 — @ncubeleon.

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