Community Conservation through Immersive Experience

by Wildlife ACT

 KwaZulu-Natal  Environment  Education

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R 113,469
Funded to date
R 173,000
Goal

This project is raising funds to support the Wildlife ACTive Kids Bushcamps within a Zululand protected area, coordinating 5 community-based Wildlife ACT Ambassadors Clubs, and facilitating a 9-month long Immersive Conservation and Business Leadership programme.

Across Zululand in KZN, South Africa, there exists a patchwork of protected areas that run alongside mixed land uses and large communal landscapes. It is both within these protected areas, and outside in communal lands that conservation can either be won or lost. When communities and conservation are at odds with one other, it is often both that loss. To combat this social and conservation challenge, Wildlife ACT works on “both sides of the fence” and works towards re-connecting people with nature for the betterment of these communities and wildlife. More specifically, Wildlife ACT’s Community Conservation Programme (CCP) was established with the aim to support the development and strengthening of community conservation and stewardship in communities adjacent to protected areas, thus contributing towards priority species conservation, such as Rhino, Wild Dog, and Vultures, over the long term.

To achieve its goals, Wildlife ACT have taken a tiered approach to community conservation. This is done through setting a foundation of 1) building a cohort of youth that are connected to, knowledgeable on, and resonate with their natural environment. The programme then 2) nurtures the passion of those teenagers and young adults who continue to show interest in being further ambassadors for conservation. Finally, 3) they facilitate opportunities for those who are interested in pursuing nature-based livelihoods in and around protected areas.

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Project activity

Funded to date:

R 113,469

Funding goal: R 173,000
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NGO: Wildlife ACT
Start: 1st December 2023
End: 17th July 2024
PBO: 930035591
NPO: 105-423
Field agent: PJ Roberts
peter@wildlifeact.com

Activists: (121)

Lesa Lessing Megan Whittington Nicole Smith Katie Bradley Megan Hudson Kayleigh Webber Wendy Price Paisley Whittington Sue Shearman Camille Raison WildlifeACT Family Anel Olivier Frogs for Rhinos Tim Suttorp Liz Hide Barb Wood Mike Staegemann Julia Elliott PJ Wildlife-Act Chris Du Toit Sboniso Zenzo Mazolo Roz Greeff Wesley Price Stephen Roberts Celeste Roberts Beth Norris Deborah High Gareth Robinson Dani Saporetti jessica Hood Kristina Carlson Larry Jordaan Vera Kirchgässner Kate Lamont Dumsile Nana Alastair Stalker Jack Rollens Steph Marvel Emilie Aubut Pippa Orpen Silas Crawley Bridgit Wale Jane Orpen Sarah Wesson Louise Farr Cath Mavrocoleas Lucy Chimes Amanda Whittington Makhosi Mpontshane Kay Webber Jackie Scott Nicolas Staegemann Bron Kelly Oliver Wale Nicola Orpen Prue Crawley Themba Mthembu Preston Smith Cait Wale Schalk Olivier Maatje Olivier Sam Bradley Daniella Lamare Danielle Theron Brandie Wettstein Zoe Phillips Lizette Smith Sylvie Van den Bossche Louise Rolland-Guillard Ashlee Smith Megan Hudson Joe Cutler Simon Morgan D Webber Dave Webber Kayels Web Kay Dillion PJ R Peter Wild Tegan Goldschmidt Phillip Swart Robin Shepard Caryn Simpson Suzette Swart Bonisile Mngomezulu Abubakar Mahamud Sunadari Lukas Metzmacher Celine Cripps Bonisiwe phindile Snethemba Mchunu Promise Myeni Lungile Melokuhle Mtshali Nkosingiphile Themba Silindile Myeni Xolile Ntombiyomusa Zama Ncube Musa Mthembu Corrie Van Greune Natasha Kelly Nathan Roberts Petronella Erasmus KZN Vulture AJ Janse Van Rensburg Jean Rodel Martin Wettstein Tamara Roberts Linda Cockburn Cathy Mill Genevieve Heathcote Andrea Smit Emma Wettstein Craig Dunlop Michelle Smit Sphamandla Sim Linda Andrews Jane Scott Jack Scott Tim Withers Le Chat Danielle Le Chat Helen Blatch Bhekokwakhe Ntuthuko