Conservation Projects

Conservation Projects

Game Introductions

Throughout the history of the Sabi Sand Wildtuin, there has been a passion for reintroducing species to the reserve. Reintroduction of game began back in the 1940s, with species such as white rhinoceros, zebra, blue wildebeest and reedbuck.

In October 2012, 17 reedbuck where released in the central and western parts of the reserve. These reedbuck came from KwaZulu Natal and were happy to smell the Lowveld air. They are still thriving and maintaining a healthy population.

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Grazing Lawns

The grazing lawn concept was first formulated in the early 1970s, after which it was further defined as the co-evolution between herds of grazing animals and unique communities of grazing-tolerant grass species. Since 2012, the Sabi Sand has been actively participating in these grazing lawn trials. From the north to the south of the reserve, these trial areas have been carefully monitored and photographed, with the hope that one day this man-made process will become a natural process.

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Southern Ground Hornbill Monitoring and Support Programme

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Sabi Sand, in conjunction with the Mabula Ground Hornbill Research and Conservation Project and the Endangered Wildlife Trust, have taken on the task of monitoring the current population of Southern Ground Hornbills (SGHs) within and around our boundaries.

SGHs are well-known, monogamous (pair for life), cooperative, breeding birds that walk the plains of the open savannahs foraging for food. They walk in groups of between two to nine. Within the group there is only one mating pair, the others are helpers mainly consisting of males or sub-adults. These birds face threats such as habitat loss and lack of nesting trees. SGHs reach sexual maturity at around seven years of age and each breeding group only successfully rears, on average, one chick every nine years. The sub-adults have a 70% mortality rate before the age of five.

Any sightings* of these magnificent birds within the reserve as well as in the surrounding communities of the Sabi Sand can be reported to Damin / Candice at or 081 013 4526.

*It’s important to please take note of the location, date, time and sex identification if possible. Click on the ID kit and information kit below to see how to distinguish between the sex and age classes.

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Work Integrated Learning – Student Programme

2012 was the first year that Sabi Sand took on students who needed practical experience within the conservation field. The Sabi Sand Wildtuin offers this unique opportunity to students who need to complete their Work Integrated Learning Programme for one full year.

If you are currently studying and are in need of a practical year for your studies, the Sabi Sand Nature Conservation Trust & the Sabi Sand Pfunanani Trust are able to provide you with this opportunity – click either one of the links below to see our requirements for your application:

Conservation & Game Ranch Management WIL

Community Based Conservation Internship

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Applications for students open in August 2017 – See links above for requirements. Take note of the closing dates for the applications

Species Lists

Dowload the PDFs here:

Amphibian species list
Bird species list
Grass species list
Mammal species list
Reptile species list
Tree species list