Wildlife in and around Suni-Ridge
The main reason for the decline of species world wide, is the loss of habitat and we felt that we should be giving something back.
When we bought Suni-Ridge in 1991, it was a derelict pineapple farm. We have spent an enormous amount of time and dedication rehabiltating the land. First we removed snares and alien vegetation, and left the land fallow to recover (read more in Environmental Rehabilitation).
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.
On occassion, we sometimes see a leopard passing through our reserve. Another great compliment is the unusual Aardvaark that has started calling Suni-Ridge “home”.
Preserving our environment is paramount, as Kwa Zulu Natal has already lost 33% of it’s indigenous forest.
Less than 50% of wetlands remain in South Africa and worldwide deforestation and pollution of land and ocean are causing global warming.
In our immediate area rivers that feed the St. Lucia lake are utilized extensively, but no water is being allocated to sustain the lake (read more about the Water Catchment Forum).
Sadly, the wildlife in and around our reserve still falls prey to the inhumane practice of snaring. Wire nooses are placed in trees and bushes, which are difficult for the animals to see. They get stuck in the nooses and suffer a very painful, slow death.
We need your support to set up and maintain a desnaring and poaching prevention control unit to prevent this from happening. Please sponsor the Khola Campaign?
Environmental Course for Communities
Terrible 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.