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ABOUT

GKEPF, along with the participating reserves, assists with protection of the largest concentration of rhinos in the world and covers more than 400,000 ha throughout the Greater Kruger Area, South Africa and into Mozambique.

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OUR APPROACH

GKEPF collaborates with stakeholders and partners, provides ranger support, air support, training and operational support to poaching activity in the area with the allocation of substantial resources by both the state and private sector. Constant planning, monitoring and action protects global wildlife for future generations. N

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OUR IMPACT

Our work impacts communities both locally and further afield. Internationally, our work is impacted by the demands of wildlife trade and traffic. Locally, our work is impacted by the lure of crime in our communities.

PARTNERS AND DONORS

Repairs and electrification on the Manyeleti fence line began on 16 May, and already, 50% of the 32km needing repair has been completed. Repairing the fence is crucial for minimizing human-wildlife conflict when animals break out of the reserve, as well as for increasing security and reducing wildlife crime within it. However, open engagement, communication, and collaboration between the protected area and the communities remain a priority to ensure the fence is seen as a common asset.

Part of this initiative is the recruitment, training and ongoing support of 14 community fence monitors from the surrounding communities who have received training in monitoring, patrolling, repairing and reporting on their respective sections of fence. Each team of two monitors will be responsible for a section of fence and will be equipped with the necessary equipment, knowledge, and uniform to do so. 

The fence monitors also receive monthly stipends and food contributions while they are in training. In addition to initial fence monitoring training, they have received Level 2 First Aid and will receive Dangerous Game training, thanks to the WWF-SA Khetha Programme. These skills will hopefully be transferred more broadly into the communities and can be used by the monitors to seek future employment.

The Manyeleti Fence Project is a collaborative effort between GKEPF and the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA). The MoU signed between GKEPF and MTPA on behalf of Manyeleti formalised the cooperative partnership between the entities and facilitated the support GKEPF can offer Manyeleti.

The project has been made possible thanks to the support and funding from Tintswalo, Friends of Tintswalo, Wildlife Up Close, and Kruger Safari Lodge, who have meaningfully added to the amount put forward by GKEPF. D&H Fencing has provided fence repair, maintenance, fault finding, and electrification training at no additional cost to the initial repair work. Manyeleti has provided accommodation and transport for those working to repair the fence.

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New netball league to build resilient landscape relationships.
Last year, GKEPF, with the support of WWF-SA's Khetha Programme and USAID, expanded the Youth Sport Programme to build resilient landscape relationships through sport by including netball. GKEPF assisted in establishing the Greater Manyeleti Netball Association to formalise a league in Welverdiend and surrounding communities, and provided kit and balls to 20 teams. This programme continues to grow.
In June, GKEPF, in collaboration with Sabi Sand Nature Reserve, Sabie Game Reserve, and Mala Mala Game Reserve, established a Sabi Sand zonal league with assistance from the Bushbuckridge Netball Association. With the formalisation of the league, 16 netball teams received kit, balls, and funding to assist with logistics and match coordination.
GKEPF’s support of these netball leagues, made possible by WWF-SA and USAID, aims to mitigate identified risks and facilitate mentorship, structure, and opportunities for young women in the communities in the hope of improve resilience against crime in the landscape.

@wwfsouthafrica @sabisandofficial @malamalagamereserve @sabiegamereserve  @usaid 

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“Balule is very excited and grateful to have been part of this historic event. This is a unique opportunity to boost our rhino populations after the losses sustained during the poaching onslaught. Over the past 4 years we have managed to keep our losses down and have only lost 2 rhino in 4 years. If we relied on breeding alone, it would take a few decades to recover, but with this wonderful initiative we are able to cut many years off the recovery.
Balule has put tremendous investment into: technology, infrastructure, specialised ranger training, K9's, staff integrity testing and boots on the ground to make sure that the poaching of our rhino never returns to the previous levels. Receiving these animals will ‘close the circle’ and allow our populations to return to pre-poaching levels. Rhino are very important in the ecosystem, and we look forward to seeing these animals integrate into our existing population.
The BNR committee, management and landowners would like to thank African Parks, GKEPF and the sponsors for making this happen. We are all very appreciative.” Ian Nowak, Balule General Manager.

"The successful translocation of 32 southern white rhinos into the Sabi Sand Nature Reserve is a significant milestone in our conservation efforts. This project, in collaboration with key partners, such as GKEPF and African Parks, exemplifies our commitment to securing and growing rhino populations. The 'Rhino Rewild' initiative by African Parks represents a monumental step in ensuring the future of this species. 
We are extremely proud to support this initiative by providing a secure environment for these rhinos. This project not only bolsters our current populations but also reinforces our ongoing conservation and species protection projects. Our dedicated teams, including property, security, APU, and ecologists, are all involved in monitoring and ensuring the well-being of these animals as they adjust to their new habitat in the Sabi Sand Nature Reserve.” Sabi Sand Nature Reserve Warden, Iain Olivier.

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“I was humbled to be part of such a monumental operation. Experiencing the passion and camaraderie of all involved has given me hope for the survival of these majestic animals. There are no medals for what we do; just satisfaction, pure satisfaction in knowing we did something good.” Ernst Beylefeld, Klaserie Private Nature Reserve Security Manager.

“The landscape-wide dedication to conservation and the ongoing protection of these magnificent animals will have a profound impact on not only our reserve, but the white rhinoceros species as a whole. The successful reintroduction of AP rhinos enriches our biodiversity and reinforces the importance of collaborative efforts in wildlife conservation.” Timbavati Private Nature Reserve Warden, Edwin Pierce.

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