South African television programme 50|50 recently featured the inspiring story of rhino poaching survivor Thandi and her calf Thembi.
Kariega Game Reserve was filled with the excited chatter of 26 youth from the outskirts of the Joe Slovo informal settlement in Cape Town over the weekend. The group visited with USA actor and film star Texas Battle and was fully sponsored by Kariega.
Two young boys, with the help of their siblings, from Mitchells Plain in Cape Town have been inspired to take action by the story of Thandi’s survival.
We were pleased to see this great write-up about Kariega in the South African travel news recently. Photo-journalist Jim Freeman recently revisited Kariega to check out Settlers Drift Lodge.
A brown hyena female was released at Kariega Game Reserve after she was captured by a local farmer. Fortunately the farmer called the reserve instead of shooting the animal to protect his livestock. The female will join the clan of brown hyenas on our Eastern Cape wilderness area.
We are excited to welcome two elephant calves born at Kariega Game Reserve this week. This video shows one of the calves, only a few days old, peeking out from beneath its mother.
We are so excited to share these beautiful pictures. We have two new elephant calves on the reserve and these close-up images were taken by ranger Daniel before they are even a week old.
This video shows Thembi (Hope), a four month old white rhino calf, feeding on her mother's dung. The Kariega ranger explains that the calf is eating the dung to get useful microorganisms. These are needed to help her digest grass once she is weaned from her mother's milk.
My first sight of Thandi and Tembi was a very moving experience, knowing all this brave rhino mom has been through. Mix this in with a huge dollop of joy at seeing her healthy little one suckling greedily while ma grazed away calmly and you find your emotions on a real rollercoaster.
The Kariega Conservation Volunteer Programme is the ultimate South African Big 5 experience. Volunteers from across the world, get the opportunity to get hands-on involved in conservation management on the reserve. Here are the testimonials from the latest group of conservation enthusiasts.