Zimbabwe is where it all began. In 1994, Lisa Hywood set up the Tikki Hywood Foundation in memory of her late father, himself an avid wildlife enthusiast. The Foundation began as a wildlife trust that took in all manner of lost or abandoned creatures and Lisa was involved in many more conservation efforts outside of the Trust itself. Then on receiving her first pangolin in 1996 the Trust evolved. Despite still taking in and rehabilitating a variety of smaller and lesser known critters, pangolin became a focal species due to the increase in their illegal trade.
Since then, the Trust became a Foundation and has expanded in Zimbabwe to include four rehabilitation sites, a pangolin release and monitoring project and a legal advisory department which serves lawmakers and public prosecutors in upholding and updating the wildlife laws of Zimbabwe.