An urgent appeal to all who care: Please support our drought relief appeal Zululand is experiencing the worst drought in 20 years. The entire Province of KZN has been red flagged because of the drought. Rivers have dried up and virtually no rain has fallen during the past months in our area at False Bay Park.
Any amount however big or small towards feeding the wildlife at our Sanctuary would be greatly appreciated. Please click below to donate through PayPal. Thank you for caring!
A bag of game pellets costs R250.00 (18.11 USD)
One bale of Lucerne R105.00 (7.61 USD)
We have been doing our best to help our wildlife through the drought and we have to supplement food for our wildlife in our Sanctuary. There is no longer grazing and very little browsing available. Nyala graze 30% and browse 70% depending on availability of foliage and grass. Wildebeest are bulk grazers and zebra each need 10kg of hay/grass per day. Although we bring in grass from areas where there is no grazing, we now need to supplement this with Lucerne and game pellets. The female antelope that are pregnant especially need more food to tide them through.
Any support you may be able to offer – however big or small – would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for caring!
We had a 5 day battle in our Sanctuary, to save a baby wildebeest (featured as newborn, in the video ” Hello World”) Sadly he was injured when he and his friend also a little bull, were forced out of the breeding herd by the territorial bull.
Sadly although we tried our best to help him, eventually having to place him in a boma for treatment, he did not make it. We would like to thank all for their support and especially for the expertise and support of Louise Joubert & SanWild and Mike Toft, our excellent wildlife vet.
NEW YOUNG ENVIRONMENTAL AMBASSADOR MOVEMENT
We have linked our Young Environmental Ambassador conservation movement with Kenya! How exciting. We are connected geographically through the Great Rift Valley that runs though Kenya and ends in our environs of False Bay World Natural Heritage Site of Isimangaliso Wetland Park .
Leopard Walk Lodge Romantic accommodation in our Wildlife Sanctuary in Hluhluwe, KwaZulu Natal.
At Leopard Walk Lodge guests may relax in well appointed “Out of Africa” Safari accommodation which is situated at the edge of a unique sand forest.
Enjoy the privacy of a Secrets of the Forest Suite or Buffalo Thorn Room and then join other travellers at the Moonrise Deck overlooking a waterhole to partake in refreshments and leisurely dining.
When we established Suni-Ridge in 1992, most of the workers at surrounding farms were very poor and no school had been established for their children. To provide a school for these children was to be our first community outreach priority.
Our first school building was situated in the premises of an old pineapple factory close to Suni-Ridge and volunteer teachers provided lessons for the children. Unfortunately we were given notice to move and we found ourselves unable to find other premises, so we borrowed a large South African Defense Force Tent and moved the school into this tent which we erected under a huge maroela tree. Read the rest of this entry »
Conservation and the protection of biodiversity is of the utmost importance to Janet and Rob Cuthbertson. Suni-Ridge Sand Forest Park Environmental Rehabilitation Centre was established to expand Janet and Rob’s focus of environmental concern into the surrounding area and local communities. Read the rest of this entry »
Animal rescue centre and wildlife orphanage.
Currently, many orphaned wild animals are left for “nature to take care of herself”, which means that any baby wild animal will surely die being unable to fend for itself.
There is a dire need in Maputaland for an animal rescue centre/ wildlife orphanage. Due to the encouragement and support of numerous organisations, Suni-Ridge Sand Forest Park is presently establishing a facility that will provide a haven for rescued and orphaned animals.
The project will form part of a community outreach program that will encourage awareness about the humane management of domestic animals. While facilitating the rescue of wildlife orphans, it will also facilitate support for domestic animal needs within the rural area.
It is essential that we protect our wildlife from poaching and hunting. One might understand the terrible “need” if it was driving by hunger for the poverty-stricken table, but in most cases, it’s because of the bush-meat trade or other profit-driven reason.
If things carry on as they are now, there won’t be any wildlife left to see. This needs to stop.
KHOLA is the Zulu word for Believe.
We believe we can make a difference!
The KHOLA Campaign is for people, businesses and organisations who share our belief that wildlife reserves should be bona fide safe havens for wild animals, where they are not used as a resource “for their own protection”.
Below is a copy of the letter that Janet sent to a friend about this tragic event. Further down, you can also read the letter about little KHOLA, the foal that was born after Old Boy’s death. Khola is the inspiration behind the KHOLA Sponsor Ad Campagin. Read the rest of this entry »
Wildlife Art “Big Five” prints by Janet Cuthbertson
The prints are on thick import-quality textured paper. 1 of each of the above animal prints are rolled together to form a set of the “Big Five”. This lion below is a closeup and gives you an idea of the quality of the art. Read the rest of this entry »
Our Bed & Breakfast accommodation is private and cosy, with two cottages to choose from. Guests are welcome to dine at Leopard Walk Lodge’s restaurant.
Our guests can normally enjoy a relatively close encounter with the wildlife. Trips to nearby “Big-Five” wildlife reserves can also be arranged.
We look forward to welcoming you! Read the rest of this entry »
Most people in the developed world are fortunate to be able to lead stable and secure lives. In developing countries, the situation is different.
There are millions of people around the world who don’t have access to basic amenities, such as clean water, sanitation facilities, food and education.
This SCHOOL Campaign invites schools and school children from developed countries around the world to donate to the Zulu children at False Bay School, South Africa.
From the outset, when we arrived here in 1990, we concerned ourselves with the rural people in our area, as they are mostly disadvantaged and very poor.
The first project that we initiated was to establish a school for the Zulu children of the families who work on the farms in the area. We are now also working in the rural area about 10 kilometers from here, where there are many aids orphans. Read the rest of this entry »
To help the local communities live in a sustainable way that conserves their cultural and natural heritage, we run a Young Environmental Ambassador’s Leadership Course.
By supporting our ECO-AMBASSADOR Campaign, you are encouraging the leaders of tomorrow to protect their natural and cultural heritage.
The 5-day course is based at Suni-Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary, and strives to achieve the following: Read the rest of this entry »
Another aspect of wildlife protection is that we have a great challenge to reach as many rural children in our area with the message that wildlife and it’s habitat is their natural heritage, and should be protected, cared for and held in trust for present and future generations.
Why is Environmental Education Important?
Suni-Ridge Sand Forest Park Environmental Rehabilitation Centre is situated in the environs of the World Natural Heritage Park Isimangaliso Wetland Park in False Bay. Together with the rural community in the Northern Eastern catchment of Lake St. Lucia, we share a common boundary with this World Heritage Site. Read the rest of this entry »
Provide a Sanctuary for Wildlife
Illegal hunting, the bushmeat trade, expansion of agriculture and urban settlements are the main causes of this trend.
Our aim is to provide a safe haven where wildlife is protected from being utilised as a resource for the meat trade, hunting or breeding.
From huge to small, rare and endangered species enjoy our protection.
A varied selection of animal species (including 8 red data species) are found here. Suni-Ridge Sand Forest Park Environmental Rehabilitation Centre is named in honour of the diminutive Suni Antelope that is found in our sand forest.
Thanks to your generous support, Suni-Ridge is able to provide a wildlife sanctuary, protect the amazing biodiversity in our region, and to increase the awareness among local communitities of the importance to preserve and protect the environment and their natural heritage. Read the rest of this entry »