Conserving for the future

In April 2015, we met little Ithuba (meaning ‘Chance’), whose mother was poached and left to decay in the bush. This ‘chance’ encounter was one of many that have left us heart sore and disbelieving of the cruelty that exists among us. It also re-energised our desire to continuously find ways to provide protection and care for those who cannot fend for themselves.

Since before the Zululand Conservation Trust was even established, we have been working tirelessly to protect and conserve the magnificent wildlife in the region. From the introduction of ox-peckers and wild dogs, to the conservation of our much loved baby rhino orphans, we play an essential role in saving and protecting the precious species that inhabit our land.

In recent years threats to our animal populations such as poaching and drought, have risen not only in Kwa-Zulu Natal but on the continent. These crises continue to burden the conservation community, to the point that we rely heavily on the generous contributions of our partners and donors.

As dawn rises over the magnificent Zululand bush, it signifies hope for us and a little more time to race against the clock to make a difference. It’s yet another day that we have the privilege of using to care for the community of wildlife as our very own children, eager to one day release them to the call of the wild.

Conservation Projects

Black Rhino Expansion Project

Black rhinos historically had an extensive range over eastern, central and southern Africa, with an estimated population of 100 000 in 1960. Now black rhinos are classified as critically endangered under the IUCN Red list.... read more

Rhino De-horning

After evaluating all other alternatives and weighing up the pros and cons, we came to the decision that this is the best way forward to protect our rhino population..... read more

Rhino management

The reserve notches each rhino to enable us to identify each individual in the wild, get a chance to participate in this unique experience.... read more

Wild dog conservation

On the 1st May 2015 we introduced 6 African Wild dogs into the reserve... read more

Rhino Orphans

To date the reserve has dealt with 4 rhino orphans due to poaching and the devastating drought. Read the story of our orphans and celebrate with us in their successful rehabilitation.... read more