Suni-Ridge is a Wildlife Sanctuary, Zululand – Environs of Isimangaliso Wetland Park, World Natural Heritage Site.  North East Coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. (Registration no. 013-525 NPO)

Our Mission – Biodiversity Protection

We have lovingly, over a period of 28 yearsrestored and conserved the biodiversity of a fully intact remnant of rare sand forest, encouraged conservation of surrounding areas, and promoted environmental education in neighboring local communities.  

We have restored habitat for many Red Data rare species, such as the diminutive Suni-antelope (Neotragus moschatus) Tonga red squirrel (Paraxerus palliatu)  4 toed elephant shrew (Paraxerus palliatuand) and more. Our other protected wildlife species include zebra, nyala, impala, reedbuck, wildebeest, aardvark, 3 species of mongoose, red duiker, grey duiker, 5 different cat species including leopard. More than 26 bat species and over 350 bird species frequent our Sanctuary. Many rare amphibians, reptiles, insects, and butterflies and others,  all form part of the biodiversity that is protected at Suni-Ridge Sanctuary.   


Your support will make a difference to:

  • Ensure the protection of rare Red Data species
  • Help rural communities
  • Preservation/restoration of rare sand forest habitat
  • Help to bring environmental education and awareness to rural communities

Thank you to our Sponsors for believing we can make a difference!

Help us save our unique forest. Without protection, hundreds of species that call Suni-Ridge home would die.  Rare mammals, diverse bird species, butterflies, insects and hundreds of life forms depend on the unique biodiversity of our forest.  It must be protected in perpetuity.

Please support our anti-poaching. An animal caught in a snare dies an agonizing death so we have to prevent poaching. Fences must be maintained and anti-poaching de snaring patrols are done regularly. Recently we have also included night guards to ensure the safety of our wildlife.

Our story. The history of Suni-Ridge Forest Sanctuary – Faith, Patience, Perseverance and Endurance.

Alien plant intruders must be eradicated. Alien plants are biological poachers and they must be managed and eradicated. They strangle indigenous forest trees and vegetation and reduce the biodiversity of the forest if they are not removed. We, therefore, have an ongoing alien plant control project in place. Your support of this project would be greatly appreciated and would help to ensure the protection of the unique biodiversity of our forest.  

Education and community environmental outreach. Successes:  The School we established for farm workers children. Our Young Environmental Ambassador Courses  (also set up in Kenya) Outreach to encourage conservation of our Region

Wildlife emergency treatment is critical. We are committed to preventing the suffering of injured wildlife. Nature often takes care of animals that are injured or ill but at times we have to assist with treatment to prevent suffering.  

Biodiversity & Species

We acknowledge with deep appreciation our supporters.

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Unique Birding

Suni-Ridge is in the midst of a unique birding area with over 400 species recorded in surrounding areas. This beautiful European Bee Eater has a limited range in South Africa where it homes for summer months after migrating from Europe. It is one of the many 350 species of birds recorded at our Sanctuary. Their

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Good News

Good news is that our wildlife emergency medical treatment fund has successfully enabled us to treat a severe injury on the lower back leg of one of our wildebeest (Ngu) He somehow cut his leg and a wound of about 7 cm needed urgent attention. A veterinary assistant darted him with an antibiotic in his

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Juvenile Eastern Hinge back tortoise

We found this tiny, juvenile Eastern Hinge back tortoise (Kinixys zombensis) crossing the exit road on our Reserve and placed it safely in the bush. It is one of the many Red Data species found on Suni-ridge Reserve. It is recorded to be vulnerable, considered rare and the species is registered on Cites appendix 2.

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