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Somkhanda Community Game Reserve
Conservation Area
Game Reserve / Community Conservation
35 km from Pongola, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa
-27.5508028, 31.81276388

 

Crowdfunding: rhino dehorning at Somkhanda Community Game Reserve

We are supporting our network member Somkhanda Community Game Reserve through this crowdfunding project to protect their magnificent rhino population!

Poaching of wildlife is a major challenge for many protected areas, and especially when being habitat to targeted species. Lead by a team of experts, at Somkhanda, the conservation model involves the darting and dehorning of rhino, and also the fitting of GPS collars which enables long-term monitoring. It has been proven that dehorning rhino has increased their survival by 80% which makes this a crucial anti-poaching strategy for the reserve. 

Covid-19 has stalled ecotourism at Somkhanda which has had an extremely negative effect on the resources available for their anti-poaching unit. Our objective, therefore, is to raise enough money for the equipment and expertise necessary to still dehorn, collar and track several individual rhino in 2020. Be part of the Somkhanda rhino protection drive through your donation!

Support us here: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/champion/project/dehorning-fundraiser

 

 

The Reserve

Somkhanda Community Game Reserve is a community-owned Big 5 game reserve located in northern Zululand stretching across 12,000 hectares of rolling hills and natural bushland habitat. The reserve is home to breathtaking scenery of both fauna and flora, including 230 bird species and a number of large game species including the Big Five (rhino, elephant, buffalo, lion and leopard). Somkhanda is owned by the Emvokweni Community Trust (ECT), which represents the Gumbi community, and is co-managed by WILDLANDS – a programme of the WILDTRUST. Somkhanda focuses on improving ecosystem management and driving interventions that conserve endangered wildlife and species vulnerable to poaching and the illegal trade. Somkhanda promotes growth for the Gumbi community through ecotourism and environmental education opportunities, currently these initiatives employ around 100 community members.

Somkhanda Community Game Reserve History:

After being forcibly removed from the land in the late 1960s, the Gumbi people had the land restored to them under the Land Reform process in 2005. When the land was restored to the Gumbi people, they decided to keep most of their land under conservation and create a consolidated game reserve that could realise the potential of ecotourism as an economic engine to drive development in the community.

 

Conservation Highlights:

  1. Rhino dehorning
  2. Wild dog tracking
  3. Lion contraception
  4. Vulture conservation
  5. The Somkhanda Water Project

 

Future Aims:

At present, Somkhanda is primarily focused on generating revenue for the Community Game Reserve’s hospitality and tourism endeavours.

 

Contact Details:

WILDTRUST Agent: Janine du Pisanie

 

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