APRIL 4 – 18, 2020
Do you love African wildlife? Do you care about the future of these animals? If so, we have the perfect trip for you.
Wild Tomorrow Fund currently protects over 2,400 acres of nature reserve in Zululand, South Africa.
Our first nature reserve is the Ukuwela Conservancy. In 2015, the land was up for sale with two active bids from pineapple farmers. They would have cleared every plant, and animal to make room for mono-culture pineapples. Thanks to generous, like-minded donors, we were able to save the land and preserve it for the future.
In May 2019, we added another nature reserve to our protection, calling it the Mfuleni Conservancy. This special piece forms a corridor that will connect two large wildlife reserves together: the 80,000 acre Mun-Ya-Wana Conservancy and the World Heritage iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
There’s much work to do to restore our wildlife reserves. You will take part in a number of hands-on research and wildlife management projects. Here’s just a few of the ways you’ll help:
Snare patrols with rangers
Join our ranger team for morning patrols to check for incursions and snares. Snares are placed by poachers who seek to indiscriminately trap wildlife for meat.
Rhino Dehorning/Wildlife Management
Reserves in our region are desperately underfunded. We support them with urgently needed wildlife management work. This includes collaring animals for monitoring, rhino dehornings and supporting rhino orphanages. You’ll have the chance to take part in at least one of these critical conservation activities.
The coat patterns of each giraffe and zebra serve as unique identifiers and enable us to tell ‘who’s who’. You will spend some mornings and sunsets on our reserves, where you’ll walk on foot to photograph & observe our giraffe and zebra to update our ID kits.
You’ll assist our ecologists in biodiversity studies, including camera trap field data collection, bird ringing and amphibian surveys. Learn about the elusive leopards, hyena, suni, serval and other shy species that are at home on our reserves.
For the long-term success of conservation, it is essential that local communities benefit from wildlife conservation. We support two daycare centers and a local group of orphans, supporting their early education and ensuring they have food to eat. You’ll help out as needed, including cooking food at the Saturday soup kitchen and playing games with the kids.
In addition to the field work, you will also learn about conservation issues and challenges, from our team of ecologists and conservationists.
Wild lion conservation: Learn first-hand about the status of wild lions in South Africa and how wild lion conservation is impacted by canned hunting and the lion bone trade.
Elephant conservation in southern Africa: Learn about the issues facing elephants in South Africa, and the conservation programs used to address the challenges.
Habitat Conservation: We’ll discuss the major concepts and scientific principles including habitat loss, fragmentation and the importance of connectivity and its impact on carrying capacity.
Spotted hyena conservation. Learn about the conservation challenges facing the spotted hyena in southern Africa, including misconceptions and human-wildlife conflict. A campfire dinner will be followed by a night drive in search of hyena.
Giraffe conservation. Learn about the ’silent extinction’ of giraffes. This will be a great introduction to the giraffe of Ukuwela as you will photograph our giraffe for our ID kit.
Rhino conservation. South Africa has the largest population of rhinos left on our planet (80%) and is under a huge poaching crisis. Learn about the realities on the ground in KwaZulu-Natal South Africa and the anti-poaching methods being deployed.
All about zebras. Learn about zebra conservation, behaviors and get an introduction to the thirty two Ukuwela zebras. A major assignment for the group will be to individually identify the zebra to create an ID kit.
There’ll also be plenty of time to relax and experience African wildlife on safari. You’ll have the chance to encounter elephants, rhinos, lions and many other species. In addition to Wild Tomorrow Fund's two wildlife conservancies, you will visit:
Hluluwe-iMfolozi Wildlife Reserve. Home to the second largest population of rhinos in the world. You will be in a private game viewer vehicle driven by a local guide. This game drive will provide lots of opportunities to see and photograph breeding herds of elephants, rhino and other Big 5 animals.
St Lucia Hippo-Croc water safari. Hop on a boat for a trip up one of the largest estuarine systems in Africa, and South Africa's first UNESCO World Heritage Site, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Home to 800 hippos, approximately 1000 Nile crocodiles and over 500 bird species.
Horseback safari experience. Riding a horse alongside wildlife is a completely different experience from being on foot or vehicle. It's hard to ride and photograph, so simply climb into your saddle and enjoy the opportunity to get up close to zebra and wildebeest. It’s perfect for all levels of riders, and don't worry, there are no lions in this section of the park.
Elephant Safari. An elephant-focused safari drive at Tembe Elephant Park, home to some of the largest tusked elephants remaining in Africa. It will include a visit to a waterhole hide where you’ll sit quietly and watch these giants coming and going. Tembe is an incredible wildlife reserve.
Night Drive and Camp-out Experience. Spend a night camping and sharing stories around the campfire. Look up to the star-lit sky and fall asleep to the sounds of the African night.
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