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Shamwari ~ Conserving a Vanishing Way of Life

The Shamwari Game Reserve located an hour and a half from Port Elizabeth, covers 25,000 hectares of land. Surrounded by imposing cliffs, it is one of the largest private conservation initiatives in Southern Africa.

 

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Among the photos below are a couple depicting the environment as well as one of the fencing to keep the animals out of the lodge compound.

 

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Integral to the reserve are three centers:

The Rhino Awareness Center that highlights the devastating effect of rhino poaching facing South Africa and the rest of the continent. 

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The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center’s purpose is to rehabilitate and reintegrate orphaned and injured animals back into the wild. Pictured here is a week old orphaned impala found at a nearby farm.

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On an international scale, the Born Free Foundation raises public attention to the plight of wild animals, particularly the big cat species, confined in impoverished captive environments.

Story of Brutus.   Brutus was confiscated from the run-down Cirque Vitalis in France where he was living in a trailer with cage space less than two meters, from which he was never let out. He arrived at Shamwari in 2008 and, perhaps for the first time in his life, he could experience the sky above, grass underfoot and the ability to walk and run in a straight line. 

Story of Marina. Marina and her sister were found abandoned outside an apartment block in Bucharest, Romania, when they were just four weeks old. While the import and export permits were being arranged, the cubs were quarantined in an animal shelter where they were prepared for their new life, with their dependence on humans slowly decreased. They were also played recordings of the African bush complete with lions’ roars.

The cubs arrived at Shamwari in 2008, both very curious and outgoing. A year later they were introduced to Brutus. Marina’s sister died in 2010 because of complications from surgery to treat a blockage in her intestines. Since that time Brutus and Marina have developed a close bond. 

Pictured below is a leopard that has been rescued.

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PHOTOS OF OTHER ANIMALS AT SHAMWARI

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Tala Wildlife Reserve Outside Durban, South Africa

A short distance inland from Durban, African wildlife abounds, including private nature reserves where It is possible to see anything from zebra, to rhinoceros, gazelles, giraffes and hippopotamuses in their natural environment.

In the larger reserves, elephants, large cats (lions, cheetahs, and leopards) plus water buffalo can be seen without going on an expensive multi day safari, though that is the best way to immerse yourself into the African safari experience. 

One of these smaller, private reserves outside of Durban, in the KwaZulu-Natal hills, is called Tala. Because of its smaller size, it does not feature the big cats, elephants, and water buffalo, but it does showcase in an exceptional manner the other animals and birds which live on the African plains.

Tala has seventy-five hundred acres with indigenous acacia, thornveld, open grassland and sensitive wetlands that provides an environment for wild game- and bird-watching. More than 300 bird species, white rhino, hippo, giraffe, jackals, wart hogs, wildebeest, kudu, zebras, and impalas can be seen here. Open 4 x 4 vehicles are used to explore the reserve, driven by knowledgeable rangers who answer all your questions about the animals and show the herds at their best for your photographs.

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Just 5 days old!

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