August 2019 Calendar of HOPE…

Finding orphans living alone in the bush is not an uncommon occurrence. These siblings, supported by Project HOPE, have only each other as their immediate family is deceased.

With the help of Project HOPE’s local community care team, this brother and sister have constant interaction with the village and provision of basic resources. The community care team also ensures the pair are attending school and doing their homework. While each day is a struggle, funding from Project HOPE means these children have the chance for a better future. With education and community support, they can become self-sustaining. Their lives are difficult and daunting but they smile easily knowing that they are not alone. Please consider making a gift to Project HOPE to give more orphans a future filled with hope.

The hyena is common in Luangwa and Kafue National Parks. They feed on carrion but are also hunters in their own right. Bones left over at a kill are cracked open with their powerful jaws and consumed.

Spotted hyenas are organized into territorial clans of related individuals that defend their home ranges against intruding clans. The center of clan activity is the den, where the cubs are raised and individuals meet. The den is usually situated on high ground in the central part of the territory. Its above-ground entrances are connected to a series of underground tunnels. They live in holes in the ground where they breed, having one or two in a litter, the young looking like cute little brown puppies.

Their gestation period is three and half months and they can live up to forty years. Their drawn out laugh-like call can often be heard from the camps at night. They usually move at night but can be seen in the day.