With your help we can save 26 elephants, relocate 22 black rhino, and empower a community!

Veterans for Wildife are excited to share an amazing new project that will empower communities, empower veterans, and aid in the prevention of wildlife crime.

Loziba:

Loziba is a new game reserve that is being formed in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. The reserve will be made up of >70% community owned land and <30% privately owned land and will ultimately be +40 000 hectares. Veterans for Wildlife has been approached to develop and manage the security of this new game reserve! This will entail setting up the security framework, recruiting and training a ranger force, and then managing the day-to-day security functions.

Community:

One of the main goals of establishing this amazing new game reserve is to work with the local communities surrounding the reserve to empower them through various initiatives. Work in this area has already begun with the help of Project Rhino and Rhino Art who have been going to schools around the reserve and conducting educational workshops on the importance of wildlife conservation. 

Through the establishment of this new reserve there will also be the creation of a number of jobs to support and maintain the reserve. These jobs will be filled by individuals from the local communities. By providing stable employment to families in these communities it is hoped that we will be dealing with one of the root causes of poaching- poverty.

Veterans for Wildlife

 

The elephant:

26 elephant currently call Loziba home. The problem is that as Loziba is just an open piece of land at the moment, these elephants are free to roam wherever they please. On several occasions these elephants have wondering into local farm lands and communities and caused issues by breaking buildings and eating crops. The South African government were forced to interdict and have issued destruction permits for these elephants, that means they are to be shot! After several meetings with the government they have agreed to hold off on these permits to give Loziba time to construct its boundary fences; this is the actual reason behind the establishment of Loziba, to save these elephant. We need your help to save these elephant!

Relocating rhino with WWF:

The WWF Black Rhino Expansion project team recently visited the land that will make up Loziba to assess its suitability for black rhino. The feedback was remarkable with the WWF team reporting that it is some of the best habitat they have every assessed for black rhino. In order for WWF to relocate 22 black rhino onto Loziba it has to meet three main criteria:

- Have suitable habitat (done)

- Be larger than 22 000 hectares (done)

- Have adequate security in place (work in progress, this is where V4W comes in!)

Once the security at Loziba is established and is adequate WWF have agreed to relocate 22 balck rhino onto the reserve! 

As part of a long term strategy, WWF runs the Black Rhino Range Expansion Project (BRREP) to increase numbers of the critically endangered black rhino as well as relocating groups to new protected areas.

WWF South Africa

Veterans for Wildlife's role

Veterans for Wildlife has been approached and asked to setup and manage the security of this new reserve. This involves designing and developing the security framework, recruiting and training a ranger force (from the local community), and aiding in the development of the security infrastructure such as the operational control room. 

With your help we can save 26 elephants, relocate 22 black rhino, and empower a community!

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