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What’s new at Shamwari Game Reserve?

With Spring in the air it’s been a busy time for staff and volunteers alike at Shamwari Game Reserve. Here’s what’s been going on: Animal Rehab Centre The vets and volunteers have had their hands full with a whole host of new creatures to look after. A Cape Spotted Eagle Owl with one injured wing, […]

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Shamwari conservation experience

Latest Shamwari News… It has been a very busy week for the vets and nurses at the Animal Rehab Centre here at Shamwari Game Reserve, with lots of new arrivals checking in. A pack of 6 jackal pups arrived last week; they had lost their mother to hunters and are too young to fend for […]

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Rhino awareness day fun

September 22 was World Rhino Awareness Day, a sadly necessary event that aims to bring attention to the suffering of rhinos as individuals and a species as a result of illegal hunting. Conservation groups in South Africa are working to inform government leaders about this ongoing problem and the need to be much tougher on […]

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Community challenges

Hello everyone! I have a little more to share from Graham at Shamwari. All the latest news from him and his students at the reserve, and it seems they’ve been busier than ever getting out into the community and doing what they can. Visiting one of the local preschools, the group was welcomed by singing […]

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Tales from the Mantis Academy

The Mantis Academy is a two month training program that has been devised specifically to train up those who want a career working as a field guide in Africa, while the Gap Year Program provides the opportunity for people to experience conservation efforts near Port Elizabeth in South Africa. If you’d like to know more, […]

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Where, oh where, is W12?

We’ve just been sent another update from Konrad at the Shamwari Game Reserve. They received a new intake of volunteers and set them straight to helping out. The first task for the volunteers was to help out with looking for a white rhino cow, known as W12, which had been missing for a couple of […]

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Students in the Addo National Park Interpretive Centre

Raptor and reptile rehabilitation centre – Addo park

Here is a great update from the Born Free Foundation – this month they are out and about at the Addo National Park, seeing how raptors and reptiles are being rehabilitated by this brilliant establishment. – Helen, Community Co-ordinator. During June the staff took some students on an interesting trip to the Addo National Park […]

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Learners putting their new library to good use

The Fundu library project

Over the last couple of weeks the conservation volunteers at Shamwari Game Reserve have been assisting Christine and the Born Free foundation/Shamwari education program in setting up a local community library at one of the schools. On 23rd June they officially handed over the keys for this brilliant local community library to the school. Everyone […]

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The new voice of conservation is…

There has been a brilliant competition running lately to find the New Voice of Conservation. The lucky winner would win the chance to spend a 1 to 3 month all expenses paid stint living and working with animals at the Shamwari Game Reserve this summer. As the Voice of Conservation it will be their job […]

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Everyone excited and ready to offload there new furniture

A big gift from Holland to South Africa

At the start of this month, one of the schools supported by the Born Free Foundation, Môreson Primary, received a very special gift. The school is located in Paterson, a very rural and impoverished town near Shamwari Game Reserve and for the first time since the pupils of this school had been attending Môreson Primary, […]

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Update from the Shamwari Game Reserve: May

Just had an update from the Shamwari Game Reserve, and the students there have been involved in Veterinary work this past few months. They have enjoyed learning about the day to day life of the vets living on the reserve, and actually got involved in some of the jobs and tasks they have to perform, […]

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