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Conservation Centre

Amakhala Volunteers

Amakhala Conservation Centre

Research and Monitoring

  • to assist in the development of a sustainable environment on Amakhala Game Reserve by understanding the relationships between the vegetation, herbivores and carnivores within the ecosystem.

Environmental Education

  • to develop an understanding and love of nature in the hearts of children who visit the centre, thus
    increasing awareness and concern so future generations can enjoy our natural habitats.

Conservation

  • to promote various projects which contribute to the greater ”world” of conservation, such as the 3C
    project.

The Centre is directed by Dr Jennifer Gush, (resident biologist) who oversees all conservation centre activities. Dr William Fowlds (resident veterinarian) provides critical support to projects as well as advice and encouragement.

The Amakhala Conservation Centre was awarded a 2008 SANParks Kudu Award for ìEnvironmental Education/Capacity Building Merit Awardî, for its commitment to conservation, through educational
programmes which are aimed at imparting knowledge and skills to enhance the understanding of the environment.

Environmental Education
The ACC continues to offer environmental education programmes to various schools to develop an understanding and love of nature in the hearts of children who visit the centre, thus increasing awareness and concern so future generations can enjoy our natural habitats.
The main focus of this work has taken the form of three big event days in a year. Namely, World Environment Day in June, Arbor Day in September and Water Day in March. An increasing number of local rural schools (and children) attend these days with many urban schools continue to visit the ACC on an annual basis.

The biggest education event to date has been an African Ecological Expedition to the ACC by Bradfield College from the UK. The students learnt about the variety of plants and animals on Amakhala, various biological monitoring techniques and a little about small reserve management. In 2008 the Amakhala Conservation Centre was presented with: "Environmental Education/Capacity Building Merit Award”. For its commitment to conservation, through educational programmes which are aimed at imparting knowledge and skills to enhance the understanding of the environment.

Returning to Nature

Returning to Nature