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May 9, 2015

Zululand Rhino Reserve

10 years is not a very long time and yet so much can be accomplished. Ivor and I have already been on the reserve for 9 years and it has been an amazing journey watching our reserve develop into what it is today. Happy 10 Year Anniversary Zululand Rhino Reserve! We look forward to what comes next…
See you soon, Melissa (Lodge Manager)

Find out what has been happening on our wonderful reserve, and read about the special sightings and encounters with our wildlife on last month’s walks and game drives… from our rangers Darren, Themba & Alden…
“Robert Frost once said that good fences make good neighbours. We say good neighbours have no fences!”
That is exactly how was created 10 years ago, when 17 different landowners decided to drop their internal fences to create a 23000ha Big 5 reserve. Many of the landowners farmed cattle or game prior to joining the reserve in 2004 when after 7 years of persistence the first Memorandum of Agreement was signed. The idea of creating a Big 5 reserve had started in 1998 but it was the Black Rhino Range Expansion Project that finally welded it all together.
The establishment of the Zululand Rhino Reserve resulted in the removal of close to 200 kilometres of fencing. This translated into a large haven for the introduction of critically endangered species. The signatories of the Memorandum of Agreement also became the custodians of a founder population of Black Rhino introduced to the reserve as part of the WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion Project.

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