Conservation can be defined as "an ethic of use, protection, and management of the environment and natural resources"
Conservation is not only about protecting and monitoring the animals within the reserve; conservation also includes the protection and preservation of the environment. Without a healthy environment, wildlife and humans could not thrive.
LEO volunteers have the opportunity to learn and directly contribute towards real conservation work within the reserve and see what it really takes to work in this field while making a difference.
Check out some of the reserve work that we have been doing.
Tree wrapping is a precaution that the reserve management asked us to help with as a mitigation method to protect trees from being debarked by elephants. This activity is necessary to prevent extreme habitat loss as a debarked tree is more likely to die.
Invasive Species Removal
Invasive plant species are a major threat to local biodiversity. They often have no natural enemies such as insects, diseases and animals. They can displace indigenous plants by taking up space, water and sunlight. Moreover, they are sometimes poisonous to wildlife and if not removed, they can cause long term health problems to the wildlife.
Controlled fires are a planned way to manage weeds, old non-palatable grass , to create a firebreak against wildfires. to control parasites and to restore nutrients back into the ground. This is done at the end of winter when the vegetation is very dry.
Game (Wildlife) capture is conducted in assistance with the reserve management.
This creates a source of income to the reserve as part of the need to remove the excess of some animal species who are sold to other reserves/parks.
This helps spreading genetic diversity and reducing the impact on the environment and population.
Data capture,ID Kits
We observe, collect data and take identification photos of the key species, in particular regarding their behaviour, location, movements, food preferences, health, reproduction and interactions with each other in their natural habitat. ID kits for each monitored species are constantly updated.
A monthly report is compiled every month and given to the reserve management.
Before being reconverted to a nature reserve, the area was divided into small farms and agricultural fields. Part of our work is to help restoring nature at its origin and to remove any alien object that could injure wildlife. Some of the activities we conduct include erosion control, bush clearing, road maintenance, old fence removal and much more.!