Bhejane Trust (“Bhejane” is the local Ndebele name for Black Rhino) is a Zimbabwe registered non profit trust, established in 2010 by two Zimbabwean conservationists, Trevor Lane and Stephen Long. The trust was initially established for the monitoring of the Black Rhino population in the Sinamatella area of Hwange National Park in conjunction with the National Parks and Wildlife Authority of Zimbabwe, and the SAVE the African Rhino Foundation of Australia.
Stephen then based up at Sinamatella and commenced the monitoring program. However, Stephen soon found that he was having to assist Parks in many facets of their operations, not only the rhino monitoring. He ended up helping on ranger deployments, anti-poaching, carrying diesel to pumps, fixing pumps, installing donated solar pump units, Parks staff welfare, helping provide for tourist camp sites, and a host of other duties, as Parks had the enthusiasm and ability, but not the vehicles and equipment to undertake these tasks.
The operations of the Trust were then extended to the Zambezi National Park, close to the renowned Victoria Falls, where Trevor has been instrumental in reviving the Chamabonda Vlei section of the Park, by resuscitating old boreholes, drilling new ones, installing solar pumping units and restoring pans after many years of no pumping. He is also assisting Parks on road development, fire management and controlled burning programs, anti-poaching, monitoring game populations, and other aspects of restoring this park to its former status.
Bhejane Trust has recently expanded its conservation programs to include the Kazuma Pan National Park and the Robins area of Hwange National Park, where we have assisted with the installation of pumps and the restoration of game water supplies, and with tourism infrastructure, including refurbishing hides, with road development and with mapping.
Bhejane Trust has thus evolved to an entity which is assisting National Parks in many aspects of the management of the Parks estate in north western Matabeleland, plus facilitating anti-poaching and deployments, research work, staff welfare, and a host of missions, as well as the original Rhino monitoring. Bhejane Trust relies on donor funding to undertake it’s operations.
Much of Bhejane Trust funding comes from a volunteer, or Field Assistance, program, which makes it possible for conservationists and wildlife enthusiasts to join up with the Bhejane team, and enjoy this rare and exciting opportunity to experience the real Africa of vast, remote places, and to actively assist in the conservation and survival of the magnificent wild animals which inhabit this wilderness.