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INSECT PROTECTION
(ENTOMOLOGY)

Insects and arachnids are arguably the most important component of the system. Their influence on the ecosystem is enormous. There are more insect species than all other species combined and half have not yet been described. Insects pollinate plants, actively decompose or degrade dead waste, aerate the soil, perform natural population control, are vectors for disease, and are the sole food source for many amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Insects have made major contributions to human medicine and technology, and are responsible for around a third of the world crop production. Without insects our world would be dead.

Wild Tomorrow Fund manages social media pages and website to create awareness of regional Zululand species as well as aid in identification. We are busy compiling species lists for Ukuwela Conservancy. We are formulating project proposals that will look at species data, abundance, and the potential for using selected insects as indicators of vegetation health. We will also be measuring the changes over time of a new reserve with little wildlife and see how the re-introduction of mammal species affects insect health and biodiversity. We will conduct a comprehensive survey of Sand Forest (a unique vegetation type) insect species. Seven potential reserve sites have already been identified for the various projects and it is expected that multiple new species will be discovered.

 

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