Conservation volunteer: Tillietudlem Nature Reserve is part of one of the most threatened eco-systems in Africa – the mist-belt grasslands. More than 60% of all grassland biomes have already been modified, mostly under forestry or arable agriculture, and only 2.2 % of the South Africa’s mountain grassland biome is under formal conservation, despite it being one of the world’s most bio-diverse habitats. It is due to this lack of formal conservation many the animals that occur here are either rare, vulnerable or endangered.
Tillietudlem Nature Reserve is listed as an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) based on standardized global criteria and the site is therefore internationally recognized. BirdLife South Africa has been working with Tillietudlem to formally declare the site as part of the Biodiversity Stewardship Program. The owner and staff of the reserve are 100% committed to the conservation of this remarkable ecosystem, and carefully manages the farm according to the biodiversity agreement.
As part of our efforts to pursue sustainable conservation, the reserve has joined forces with African Insights and the FreeMe rehabilitation center in Howick.
African Insight has completely dedicated its resources to the principles of Responsible Tourism ensuring that travelers tread lightly and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing their holiday will not negatively impact on local communities and the environment and will maximize the local economic benefits to the communities and regions visited. Operating since 1996 African Insight has extensive experience, networks, and expertise in providing a specialized service for visitors to Southern Africa, whose primary concern is responsible and accessible travel. In addition to their Somkhanda Academy African insights also offer volunteers/interns to gain experience at the FreeMe rehabilitation center.
The FreeMe KZN aims to rehabilitate injured and orphaned animals so that they may be released back into the wild, in areas free from poaching and with reduced human activity. Volunteers and interns are given the opportunity to gain experience and knowledge while assisting in the rehabilitation of these animals.
Once the animals recover from their injuries FreeMe and the wildlife authorities carefully evaluate potential release sites base on very strict criteria. Tillietudlem has been identified as a suitable release site for some species, and a conservation volunteer can now see many of these rehabilitation efforts through to the end.
The 3 main objectives of the conservation volunteer project would be to:
Conservation volunteer activities:
Many of the above activities fall directly in line with our current biodiversity management plan, and with the help of creative and hardworking volunteers, we hope to restore all of Tillietudlem to its former glory.
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