Karoo Gariep Wildlife Conservation

Non-profit organization

CONSERVATION PROJECTS

 

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Since the declaration of our Nature reserve in 2015, we already achieved many challenges, such as the reintroduction of Hippos in the Seekoei River, after an absence of 230 years, project for which we received the Sanparks Kudu award.

Following this successful project we hope to continue to reintroduce Hippos in the Seekoei River.

We want to reintroduce Rhinoceros in our Nature reserve, where they lived peacefully, many years ago, before being hunted by man.

Our goal is to ensure the survival of the species for future generations and to provide the Rhinos a secure environment where they can grow, roam free and breed.

To ensure the safety and security of the Rhinos we will need the highest level of security.

*Electrified fencing, camera, drone, mobile response units, surveillance and live video monitoring, anti poaching.

The Aardvark is the only surviving member of the prehistoric species Tubulidentata. 

It's a nocturnal burrowing mammal, it uses its long, pig-like snout to sniff out food, mainly ants and termites, which it digs out using its sharp claws and powerful legs.

Very little is known about aardvark ecology, the severity of the threat of bushmeat hunted and habitat loss to the conservation of Aardvark is unknow.

Our monitoring and research project will help to learn more about this amazing animal.

We are very concerned about the future of the pangolins, hunted for its scales, flesh or meat. 

It's the most endangered mammals in the world by poaching and illegal trade.

They are listed as "vulnerable" on the IUCN, red list of threatened species.

*Our monitoring and research program will start with the release of the Pangolins in our Nature Reserve. Some of them will receive an VHF tracking transmitters affixed to their scales to enable location and monitoring.

We actually  have a list of more than 200 species of birds present in the reserve, including the Blue Crane, the national bird of South Africa, whose population has fallen by 90% and which is now ranked vulnerable species by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)

In order to be able to observe all these birds discreetly, we also want to build a bird observatory in a strategic place of the reserve.

 

The Black Footed Cat, the smallest in Africa.

Ranked "vulnerable" species by the IUCN ( International Union for Conservation of Nature ).

Little is known about their real status in the wild, and their population continue to decline due to the loss of grassland and habitat deterioration.

Our monitoring and research program will include, capture and anesthesia for physical examinations, measurements and biological samples will be collected for disease and genetic studies, some of them will be radio-collared and they will be release near they were captured.

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