"It's surely our responsibility to do everything within our power to create a planet that provides a home not just for us, but for all life on Earth." - Sir David Attenborough
The Kariega Foundation in partnership with Kariega Game Reserve are aligned with the global focus of bringing back earth’s natural biodiversity. The United Nations is urging governments around the world to bring biodiversity back by protecting and re-wilding a billion hectares of degraded land in the next ten years.
This mass re-wilding is more complex than simply planting trees and it involves everyone from governments to businesses and ordinary people. Re-wilding is the restoration of ecosystem function and includes things like changing the way we farm to restore soil health, restoring nature to urban areas, protecting marine environments and reclaiming, restoring and protecting habitats for wild animals.
Kariega Game Reserve is proud of our pioneering conservation history, which has orchestrated the joining and rewinding of twenty-one different farms to create our 11, 500 hectare, Big 5, protected wilderness.
Our current focus in on habitat expansion in the Bushmans River Valley where we are incorporating an additional 1, 500 hectares of habitat into Kariega Game Reserve with significant conservation benefits that ensure the protection of approximately 18 kilometres of tidal river estuary, range expansion and additional carrying capacity for elephant, white and black rhino, as well the opportunity for the reintroduction of additional apex predators such as critically endangered cheetah.
Securing this critical piece of land for conservation also creates the opportunity for the creation of connected wildlife corridors within the Eastern Cape over time.
Habitat Expansion Project Phase 1:
Incorporating new habitat into a protected area is complicated and costly and requires careful planning and implementation. Phase 1 of the Bushmans River Habitat Expansion project is due to be completed by 1 October 2022 and includes the following:
- Erecting a new fence line
- Upgrading an existing fence line
- Removing an internal fence line
- Creation of entrance gates and road networks
- Translocation, dehorning and implanting tracking devices in a crash of white rhino
- Introduction and collaring of a pair of cheetah
- Installing a surveillance camera network
- Expanding APU capacity
Habitat Expansion Project Phase 2:
We aim to complete Phase 2 of the Bushmans River Habitat Expansion project by October 2023. This phase includes the following goals:
- Upgrade of additional perimeter fence lines
- Introduction of a second pride of lion
- Removal of a large section of internal fencing
- Qualification for Black Rhino breeding programme
- Further expansion of APU capacity
- Expansion of community projects to the Alexandria community
How can you Support this Project?
- Donate funds to Save The Rhino
- Contact the Kariega Foundation to share collaborative ideas or contributions to habitat expansion in the Eastern Cape.
Donate via credit card on GivenGain
How can you Help?
Any help and support we get from anyone is hugely appreciated.
You can help in many ways:
- Make an online donation on your credit card via GivenGain
- Start your own fundraising campaign for us via GivenGain
- Download and complete this credit card authorization form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Donate cash in a pledge envelope at the reserve
- Add a donation to your account when you check out after your stay
- Transfer a donation into our bank account:
First National Bank
(or FirstRand Bank)
Account no: 62275606526
Branch code: 261050
Swift/IBAN: FIRNZAJJ or FIRNZAJJXXX
Bank Head Office Address: FNB Bank City, Simmonds Street, Johannesburg, 2000
Contact us regarding other ways to donate and support a project of your choice.
We post regular updates on all of our Kariega Foundation conservation projects. Read our conservation updates.