The Zululand Rhino Reserve has a vital population of White Rhino that are monitored daily to ensure their well being and safety.The most effective method of being able to mark these animals is to notch the ears and micro-chip each individual.As a result, the reserve has initiated its own Rhino Management Programme. This unique experience is being made available to like-minded conservation enthusiasts.From the moment the rhino is darted […]

At the opening of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Bangkok, Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra pledged to start a legislative process to end ivory trade in Thailand. This came after more than 1.5 million signatures were collected calling on Thailand to ban its trade in ivory, and is the first time the Thai government has made a public statement on the […]

The little Setaro’s Dwarf Chameleon (Bradypodian setaroi) is only found in the iSimangaliso St Lucia Wetland Park, and is coded Red on the Endangered reptile list. Some interesting Chameleon Facts: The largest known chameleon is the Oustalet’s Chameleon, they can grow up to 60 cm in length…the smallest is the Pygmy Leaf Chameleon which measures in at 2.54 cm. The Setaro adult is normally between 10 – 12 cm.  The name […]

Zululand has been enjoying some of the wettest weather in a long time, with September and October’s spring rain being the highest experience in iSimangaliso in 15 years. In St Lucia, up to 76mm of rain was received, and water levels at the St Lucia bridge rose by 77cm since the 4th of December. According to iSimangaliso, The levels in the Narrows are now above mean sea level and there […]

The managers of the world heritage site iSimangaliso Wetland Park in KZN were recently awarded the Golden Shield Award in the category of World Heritage Site of the Year, with “an impressive track record of heritage management in accordance with the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).” The award follows from the nomination as one of three global finalists  in the Destination Stewardship Category in the international ‘Tourism […]

Two rare serval were recently introduced into the Eastern Shores section of iSimangaliso, adding to the small population of about a dozen already found there. These elusive and beautiful animals roam wild in the 230 000ha iSimangaliso habitat. Listed as one of the “Threatened or Protected Species” (TOPS) they are sought after for their beautiful pelts, and fall victim to poachers and farmers snares.  We are delighted to play our […]

Brief Overview of events The beach spillway, created to expedite the reconnection of the uMfolozi River with the Lake St Lucia estuary, was opened on 6 July 2012. Between 6 July and 7 September 2012, the water flow through the spillway, as well as the water levels and salinity within the Lake St Lucia estuarine system have been monitored closely by park staff. The monitoring has indicated that the spillway […]

Linking Two Systems The strategy to allow the uMfolozi and Lake St Lucia estuary mouths to join to form a combined mouth is progressing well. The linking of the two systems via the beach spillway resulted in approximately 16.4 billion litres of fresh water reaching the Lake St Lucia estuary and lifting water levels at the end of the dry winter period. The early spring rains and natural breaching of […]

Some years ago we did a trip from South Africa up as far as Northern Kenya. Up there we had to cross the Equator and one of the ways the locals make some money, is to demonstrate the difference between the movement of wind and water in the two hemispheres of the earth. Going a short way north of the Equator, a matter of a few metres, water poured down […]

In a joint operation between iSimangaliso Wetland Park-based Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife staff, the Richards Bay SAPS ORS border police and the SAPS KZN Airwing, a number of illegal poacher boats in the uMfolozi floodplain area of the iSimangaliso world heritage site were captured. The combined operation comprised a ground team, supported by a quad-bike and scrambler supplied by the SAPS, who rounded up the boats, while the helicopter from the […]