The main reason for the decline of species world wide, is the loss of habitat.
Poaching is also a huge
“To rehabilitate a forest and provide a sanctuary for wildlife was a tiny gesture, but a huge undertaking, to at least do something, however small it may be.”
~ Janet Cuthbertson ~
Our challenge to prevent poachingOne of the most daunting tasks we have is to protect the wildlife in/around our reserve by preventing poaching. Sadly this cruel and illegal action is always a threat as not only are syndicates moving South from Northern Parts of Southern Africa, but local bush meat is always been seen as a free type of commodity. The bush meat trade is one of the main reasons that very little wild still remain outside formally protected wildlife reserves and sanctuaries. As we provide a flourishing habitat to an abundance of wildlife, including rare and protected species. To prevent poaching we have had to erect security fencing, employ night watchmen and have scouting patrols to ensure that no snares are set should a poacher somehow manage to enter our Forest Sanctuary. Regular hikes and checks are also done by Janet and her team of workers. We also reach out to the local communities to encourage them to take ownership of the responsibility of protecting this natural heritage in the surrounding areas.
Wildlife Scouts/GuardsWe urgently need support to help us optimize our Anti Poaching Units (APU) efforts! Your help will ensure that future poaching is prevented.
- Camera Traps to alert us of poachers in the high risk areas
- Wages for our game guards and night watchmen
- Uniforms (2 sets each of overalls, Jacket, boots, hats, night torches
- Watches to track the game guards patrol
- Upgrade of security fencing
- A drone to enable observation of the reserve from above.
Methods of poaching.A game trail is typically identified by a poacher that then places branches to lead the animals into and down the pathway that they animal is familiar with. Any gaps are closed off with more branches so that they dont run out of the pathway. Wire nooses that are difficult for the animals to see, are hung from trees and bushes. They get caught by their necks or legs by the wire cable and suffer a very painful, slow death. Lucky ones break free. Should an animal that is snared break free or still be alive, we have to bring a veterinary surgeon to our Sanctuary, to dart it with an anesthetic to immobilize it so that the snare can be removed. This is one of the costs we have that must be met by our emergency medical fund. READ ABOUT THE TRAGIC POACHING OF OUR FRIENDLY ZEBRA “OLD BOY” – THAT HAPPENED IN THE EARLIER YEARS: Some years ago our favorite friendly zebra “Old Boy” was snared and he suffered a dreadful death. Terrible setbacks like this make us even more determined to prevent snaring and the inhumane treatment of animals.
Our ongoing work to prevent poaching needs your support.Water holes were also created and wildlife started pouring in. Today the sanctuary supports more than 8 red data mammal species, over 340 species of birds and a huge diversity of other animal life including our namesake, the rare Suni Antelope.
Environmental Course for CommunitiesTerrible setbacks like this make us even more determined to prevent snaring and the inhumane treatment of animals. We’re working with the local communities to increase awareness of why wildlife is important, and why we need to preserve and nurture our amazing natural heritage, by offering the Young Ambassador’s Environmental Leadership Course. The course we provide offers an understanding of biodiversity protection, water and sanitation management, animal husbandry and leadership skills to teenagers who … read further
Many of us are great lover’s of the environment, but we are not always able to give back to mother nature, that which we are taking from her, at a much faster rate than she can sustain. ~ Janet Cuthbertson
Wildlife Orphanage (future project)When an adult animal dies (normally from poaching / snaring), their young are left helpless, often unable to fend for themselves. The general approach is to “let nature take its course”. Which normally means that little ones don’t survive, because they’ve not yet had the chance to learn the necessary survival skills.
Poaching and Security
One of our most important challenges is to protect the wildlife in/around our reserve, and to prevent poaching.We provide a flourishing habitat to an abundance of wildlife, including rare and protected species, and are reaching out to the local communities to encourage them to take ownership of the responsibility of protecting this natural heritage.
Our involvement with local communities also shows them how they can benefit from Eco-tourism and why implementing (or being part of) the Sustainable Use Policy isn’t the right thing to do (see our Khola Campaign).