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CONSERVATION

“The future of wildlife and the habitat that they depend on is being destroyed.
It is time to make nature and all the beauty living within it our priority.”

― Paul Oxton

Since before the Zululand Conservation Trust was even established, we have been working tirelessly to protect and conserve the magnificent wildlife in the region. From the introduction of ox-peckers and wild dogs, to the conservation of our much loved baby rhino orphans, we play an essential role in saving and protecting the precious species that inhabit our land.

In recent years threats to our animal populations such as poaching and drought, have risen not only in Kwa-Zulu Natal but on the continent. These crises continue to burden the conservation community, to the point that we rely heavily on the generous contributions of our partners and donors.

As dawn rises over the magnificent Zululand bush, it signifies hope for us and a little more time to race against the clock to make a difference. It is yet another day that we have the privilege of caring for this precious wildlife, ensuring that they have a safe space to enjoy the call of the wild.

OUR VISION

Our mission at the Zululand Conservation Trust is a commitment to the conservation of endangered species whilst maintaining and supporting partnerships with neighbouring communities. The Trust was established in 2011 to achieve a common dream between a group of devoted wildlife enthusiasts. Based in northern Zululand, we recognise the fundamental need to involve, empower, educate and support local communities, in order to achieve effective and lasting conservation.

We aim to target regional conservation and community projects, in order to facilitate a far-reaching impact throughout the greater Zululand region. We fund our wide variety of projects through generous donations from individuals, businesses and organisations, as well as our own fundraising events. All of our funding is focussed towards our two main types of projects:

Community upliftment, with a keen focus on the betterment and empowerment of previously disadvantaged black communities, in adherence with the B-BBEE initiative.

Conservation of endangered species, specifically wild dog, black rhino and white rhino. Our conservation projects include our newly-established Zululand Rhino Orphanage.

Donations are allocated according to sponsors’ wishes, and we can issue a Section 18A tax exemption certificate to donors. 10% of all donations to the Zululand Conservation Trust is assigned towards our admin fees, enabling us to function efficiently and run our projects effectively on the ground.

Manyoni Private Game Reserve

Over the years, we have partnered closely with the Manyoni Private Game Reserve, a 23,000 hectare private game reserve, which was established under the Protected Areas Act (Act No. 57 of 2003).

Many of the communities that the Zululand Conservation Trust work with boarder the Manyoni reserve boundary and a high proportion of our conservation funding goes towards the conservation of the wild dogs, pangolins, black rhino and white rhino populations on the reserve.

Rhino Management

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Pangolins return to Zululand

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Leopard Camera Project

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Painted Wolves Conservation

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