Zimbabwe is where it all began. In 1994, Lisa Hywood set up the Tikki Hywood Foundation in memory of her late father, Tikki, himself an avid wildlife enthusiast. The Foundation began as a wildlife Trust that took in all manner of lost, abandoned or injured creatures. In October 1994, the Authorities called Lisa and said that they have a pangolin who was recovered from the trade, and it needed rehabilitation, would she go and collect it? This pangolin recovery was to be the beginning of a lifetime journey where the Foundation would soon be leading the way in pangolin rescue and rehabilitation throughout Africa. From this point onwards pangolin became the Foundation’s focal species, but the Foundation continued to rescue and rehabilitate smaller, lesser-known species as well.
Since then, the Foundation 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.