THE RACE TO SAVE WHAT'S LEFT
Habitat loss is perhaps the biggest threat to the future of our planet's wildlife. Populations of wild animals have dramatically shrunk due to the disappearance of wild spaces. But there is hope. Large areas of unspoiled private land, situated in strategic conservation areas are available to purchase and protect. The race is on to conserve them before they are lost for nature forever.
— OUR CRITICAL PROJECT –
SAVING AN ELEPHANT CORRIDOR
Imagine a herd of elephants wading across the river in the African midday sun. For the first time in decades they realize they can access the vast lush wilderness on the opposite side. The fence that had stopped them before is now gone. One by one they leave the river to investigate this land that the elders remember calling home.
With your help this scenario can become a reality for the elephants and other wildlife on the northern banks of the Mzinene river in Zululand, South Africa. We are tantalizingly close to raising enough funds to purchase the 1173 acre property on the southern bank of the river.
Securing this property is critically important for the area’s biodiversity. It will protect a wildlife corridor that offers the chance both to enlarge the Mun-Ya-Wana Conservancy (home to the Phinda Private Game Reserve) and to create a link with the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a Ramsar site (i.e., a wetland of international importance).
This project has far-reaching conservation importance including the following benefits:
• Immediately protect, in perpetuity, 1171 acres (474 ha) of riverine wild habitat that includes a critically endangered sand forest (South Africa’s most endangered forest ecosystem).
• Create the opportunity to join with, and expand, the neighboring Mun-Ya-Wana Conservancy (80,000 acres) to the north as well as with conservation-friendly neighbors along the Mzinene River to the east. This will expand habitat and increase the carrying capacity for the region’s threatened elephants, rhinos and lions.
• Protect the riparian buffer to iSimangaliso Wetland Park.
• Safeguard the ability for this land to serve as a wildlife corridor linking the Mun-Ya-Wana Conservancy and the UNESCO World Heritage iSimangaliso Wetland Park.