Suni-Ridge Sand Forest Park Environmental Rehabilitation Centre

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Wildlife in and around Suni-Ridge Sand Forest Park
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Involving local communities - Suni-Ridge Org. ZA
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Conservation at Suni-Ridge Org. ZA
Environmental Rehabilitation
Water Catchment Forum

Suni-Ridge Sand Forest Park
Maputaland, Kwa Zulu Natal
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Wildlife in and around Suni-Ridge

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).

Suni-Ridge is a flourishing wildlife sanctuary -
also thanks to our policy of bonafide wildlife protection.

Baby impalas at Suni-Ridge Sand Forest Park
This photo is of some of our baby impalas (Nov 2007)

Janet Cuthbertson with zebras and wildebeest at Suni-Ridge Sand Forest Park
Janet Cuthbertson with Zebra and Wildebeest
at Suni-Ridge Sand Forest Park

Wildlife Scouts/Guards

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.
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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 an ad for the Khola Campaign?

Read the full story about Old Boy
Old Boy was our "tame" zebra stallion that was killed in a snare (read his full story).

Environmental Course for Communities

In spite of these terrible setbacks, we are even more determined to prevent this from happening. 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
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“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. 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. To rehabilitate our land was a tiny gesture, but a huge undertaking, to at least do something, however small it may be.” ~ Janet Cuthbertson

Wildlife Orphanage (future project)

Silky the Zebra (a few days old) with her mother
Look at the story about Silky and her mother, which makes us even more determined to protect the wildlife in our area.

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.

We'd like to offer a safe haven for young orphaned animals and need your help!

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