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Nico Grobler, Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
Thanks for an excellent newsletter.  Your conservancy is really setting the standard here in Gauteng.  I’m passing it on to my colleagues as well. 

John Wesson, Wildlife and Environment Society of SA
Please help!  WESSA is raising funds to help curb the escalating illegal rhino hunting.  We are encouraging people to make a donation through our SMS line.  SMS “Rhino” to 40706.  SMSs cost R20.  Or go to our website, to make a donation to WESSA with the reference “Rhino”.

Carolyn Allan, Rhenosterspruit
The Conservancy's hippo saga seems to continue!  It is a somewhat "Loch Ness" scenario.  I recall a story written in the Cradle News sometime ago regarding hippos in the Crocodile River near Toadbury Hall.  Their footprints were clearly seen in and around the vegetable farm off Beyers Naude where it crosses the Crocodile River.  Maybe these are the same ones working their way along the river until they find a safe place to reside - clearly the Conservancy is a safe haven!

Editor's note:  The hippo (or more than one) has been spotted several times in the dams on Northern Farm.  The owners of Aloe Ridge in the Cradle reckon it's their hippo, Houdini, who is living up to its name!

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