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Zingela Game Reserves Conservation Projects

noun /kän(t)sər-vä-shən\
:the protection of animals, plants, and natural resources
:the careful use of natural resources(such as trees, oil, etc.) to prevent them from being lost or wasted.

Full Definition Of Conservation

A careful preservation and protection of something; especially: planned management of a natural source to prevent exploitation, destruction, or neglect.

ZINGELA Conservation Projects

Biosphere Reserves are ‘new concept’ reserves. The long-term goal for Zingela Nature Reserve is to develop an area large enough so that free-ranging nomadic animal can be free to migrate again as they did in the early pioneer days. Through the commitment of local communities, farmers, conservation agencies and local government, conservation initiatives can be launched to protect magnificent landscapes and unique biodiversity of our area!

Breeding of Rare and Endangered Species – Zingela is dedicated to establishing a world-class sanctuary for rare and endangered species of South Africa. The 10 year goal is to re-introduce elephants and lions, as well as to release wild populations of Roan and Sable. Zingela is also committed to growing the reserve to form a corridor to the Limpopo River in the north. The Zingela volunteer program began in 2013 to provide the research and wildlife monitoring to enable the reserve to fulfill these goals. The project focuses on breeding rare and endangered species and introduce them into their natural habitat, as well as managing and balancing the current wildlife populations.

Wildlife and Conservation a dedicated conservation volunteering organisation focused singularly on establishing volunteer projects within conservation areas. Volunteers are vital in developing a sustainable research facility, providing accurate data collection so that Zingela can implement its ecological objectives effectively; restoring this large tract of Africa wilderness to its former natural state with free roaming populations.Volunteers are involved in many monitoring activities; Waterhole/hide monitoring, including 24 hour watches over full moon 2 or 3 day walks to explore large areas without roads, camping out under the stars. Monitoring drives to help habituate the animal to vehicles. Feeding and monitoring the rare breeds in the breeding camps.

All of these provide excellent photography opportunities which will enable the volunteers to produce ID kits of all the key species and animals. These will be used to track the behavior and habits of the animals. Please contact Zingela to obtain more information regarding the volunteering groups on Zingela.

Student Mentoring

Nature Conservation students are offered the opportunity to work with experienced conservators who act as role models and mentors. Experiential training plays an integral role in the student’s curriculum and gives them the opportunity to gain an expanded work perspective and an ingrained work ethic.

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The Baobab On The Reserve

The giant Baobab trees grow mainly in the hot, semi-arid north of the Soutpansberg mountain, Legend has it that in a frivolous mood, the gods planted Baobabs upside down with their roots exposed to the sky.

The baobab tree (Adansonia digitata) is one of the trees in Africa with the longest life span. The average age of the Baobab found in the northern parts of Limpopo are between 300 and 500 years old, some of the oldest Boabab’s on Zingela are estimated to be around 2 500 years old.  The biggest Baobab Trees measured on Zingela Nature Reserve measured between 8.27 meters and 15.82 meters.