The Wildlands' Conservation Trust is a non-profit organisation working to conserve South Africa’s biodiversity. Wildlands' vision is to be a centre of excellence for the restoration and conservation of natural ecosystems through the development of innovative socio-economic partnerships. This is based on the premise that healthy natural ecosystems are the platforms on which human well-being and the sustainable development of the planet are possible. Wildlands work is focused around four core programmes, which contribute significantly to our growing conservation footprint.
The Trust works closely with numerous organisations around the province and nationally. The long-term preservation of southern Africa's wildlands and the conservation of its unique biodiversity cannot happen in isolation. Many of the communities living in and around these areas in South Africa live in poverty, and rely heavily on the natural resources provided by the land. For this reason, Wildlands is working closely with communities and other stakeholders to expand the existing land under conservation ensuring the effective management and sustainable use of these areas as well as ensuring communities benefit through eco-tourism initiatives. Wildlands also supports the work of the KZN Biodiversity Stewardship Programme (run by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife) and a number of priority species monitoring and protection programmes in these areas through our Conservation Capital Fund and with funds raised from our Bonitas Wild Series events.
Through Project Rhino we aim to put every single rhino in South Africa under constant GPS surveillance. We have started the project in Somkhanda Game Reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal, where the loss of two white rhino in the space of seven days called for drastic action. The system is proving incredibly valuable and, since its activation in the reserve we have not experienced any other poaching incidences. The short-term plan is to expand the system to other reserves in KwaZulu-Natal and later beyond the province to North-West, Mpumalanga and Limpopo where poaching continues unabated.
For more information, visit www.wildlands.co.za.