INTRODUCTION: In Zimbabwe, just an hour's drive from Salisbury, lies the Imire Game Park -- a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts.
GV Giraffe in game park at Wedza.
GV & SV Elephant's with keeper (2 SHOTS)
GV Mr. Travers calls crocodile to get raw meat and crocodile slowly approaches. (2 SHOTS)
GV Crowd gathering to watch crocodile being fed.
SVs Crocodile eating meat as crowd watches. (3 SHOTS)
GV Water buffalo, antelope and zebra in park. (4 SHOTS)
SV Lion inside enclosure with keeper outside.
SV Bird on top of tree.
SV Sign "Wankie Safari Lodge".
GV PAN Guest houses at Wankie Lodge.
SV PULL BACK TO GV Tree-top houses.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In Zimbabwe, just an hour's drive from Salisbury, lies the Imire Game Park -- a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts. Norman Travers' dream of starting the game park became a reality several years ago when the country's National Parks and Wild Life organisation gave him several head of impala, a small African antelope.
SYNOPSIS: The impala mingled with giraffe, elephant, wild beast, buffalo and many other animals caught in the wilds, semi-tamed and set free in Imire Park. Few enthusiasts have yet discovered the park. Many travel great distances in search of game and birds.
One of the main attractions for visitors to the wildlife haven is the rather tense moment when Mr. Travers feeds the crocodile..
These creatures have to be admired from a distance but most of the animals in the park are used to people and cameras. Mr. Travers and his wife take the dangers in their stride -- they're part of one's life on a game reserve..
The aim of Zimbabwe's National Parks is that wildlife should benefit the people and so ensure its own survival. They want to persuade people in the tribal lands that wildlife, unlike minerals, is a renewable asset and not to be seen as meat on the hoof or crop-raiders. The wild animals, they say, should be used as a resource. That way people can prosper and wildlife can survive.
For those who want to spend a weekend at Imire Park, the Travers keep a fully serviced lodged available - and, for a loftier view, there are houses in the trees. This haven for animal lovers and bird-watchers is helping to remove the conflict between man and wildlife in Zimbabwe.