Nyosi Conservation Program

Nyosi Conservation Program

CCFA endorses and supports the conservation programme at Nyosi Wildlife Reserve in the biodiversity-rich Eastern Cape of South Africa. This is an ambitious project to restore this urban pocket of biodiversity with community partnerships being central to the approach. The project approach is one of integrated community-benefit conservation, where we focus on care of the land and ecosystems, social and community initiatives, and wildlife and biodiversity.

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About Nyosi Wildlife Reserve

Nyosi Wildlife Reserve is a pristine nature reserve located at the heart of what conservation icon Dr Ian Player identified as the “new wilderness frontier”. Being the first big game wildlife reserve situated within two major urban centres, we have a duty to protect this land, whilst using it as a showcase for eco-tourism and community-benefit conservation.

Nyosi Wildlife Reserve is protected as a nature reserve through a Protected Area Management Agreement with the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency, under the National Environmental Management Act over a 30-year term.

Project Overview

 

About Nyosi Wildlife Reserve
Nyosi Wildlife Reserve is a pristine nature reserve located at the heart of what conservation icon Dr Ian Player identified as the “new wilderness frontier”.
Nyosi Wildlife Reserve is protected as a nature reserve through a Protected Area Management Agreement with the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency, under the National Environmental Management Act over a 30-year term.
Being the first big game wildlife reserve situated within two major urban centres, we have a duty to protect this land, whilst using it as a showcase for eco-tourism and community-benefit conservation.

Nyosi Conservation Program: Projects

Restoring the Biodiversity
  • Elephants, cheetahs, buffalo, rhino and antelope are all being reintroduced as part of the mission to restore the biodiversity and the land.
  • The land has undergone extensive and ongoing restoration over the last decade to eradicate alien invasive vegetation, introduce native species and address challenges like soil erosion, all as part of caring for the land.
  • Over the last decade, certain species like giraffe, springbok and eland have already been reintroduced.
Cheetah rewilding
  • The arrival of cheetahs at Nyosi heralds the start of our cheetah rewilding project in collaboration with The Metapopulation Initiative, which coordinates the cheetah metapopulation project for Africa.
  • Captive cheetahs arrive to spend a few weeks in a purpose-built enclosure before being released on the reserve.
  • This provides them with the rewilding opportunity where they will learn to hunt for themselves.
  • Once they are consistently making successful kills, as monitored through our research programme, they will be relocated to their final home on larger predetermined wildlife reserves where they can integrate with existing populations of cheetah or pioneer new populations.
  • For every cheetah rewilded, a community member is empowered, whether it be through an internship opportunity, skills programme or employment opportunity.
Research Centre
  • CCFA are looking to raise funds to bring the vision of a multifaceted research centre at Nyosi to life.
  • Plans include a veterinary clinic, research laboratory, interactive educational museum, an auditorium and a wildlife rehabilitation facility.
  • The centre will form the hub of the Nyosi Conservation Programme, including educational outreach initiatives.
Community Academy
  • Our vision includes an off-grid eco-campus to be the heart of our community partnerships programme.
  • With facilities for meetings, classes and hands-on learning opportunities, this centre will help catalyse our social impact.
Rhino Conservation
  • Contributing to the future of these iconic animals is a conservation priority.
  • Two male white rhinos will be initially introduced with a female joining at a later stage to mark the beginning of a rhino breeding programme.
  • Part of our vision includes the introduction of black rhinos down the line.

Legacy Projects

Sewing for Species

Sewing for Species

Sewing for Species The CCFA Sewing for Species initiative boosts a South African community business with commissioned wildlife mascots. It spreads awareness about CCFA and funds our community conservation projects for Africa's wildlife preservation.Project Overview...

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Cheetah Rewilding Project

Cheetah Rewilding Project

Cheetah Rewilding ProjectAn ambitious project to rewild as many captive cheetahs as possible while empowering community members, therefore creating a direct link of mutual benefit between endangered wildlife and the community.Project Overview   Project...

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Greening Young Futures

Greening Young Futures

Greening Young FuturesWe recognize the need for education, empowerment and opportunity for our youth who hold tomorrow’s future in their hands. Project Overview   Project location: Nyosi Wildlife Reserve – Nelson Mandela Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa Project...

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Greening Young Futures

Greening Young Futures

Greening Young Futures

We recognize the need for education, empowerment and opportunity for our youth who hold tomorrow’s future in their hands.

Project Overview

 

Project location: 
Nyosi Wildlife Reserve – Nelson Mandela Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Project category: 
Sustainability, Community

Project timeframe:
An active long-term initiative commencing in 2023.
*The first youth development course was hosted in 2021 under our Greening the Community project after which we were inspired towards an initiative dedicated to youth development.

 

Project Overview

 

Project location: 
Nyosi Wildlife Reserve – Nelson Mandla Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Project category: 
Sustainability, Community

Project timeframe:
An active long-term initiative commencing in 2023.
*The first youth development course was hosted in 2021 under our Greening the Community project after which we were inspired towards an initiative dedicated to youth development.

 

Project vision

Long-term vision for Greening Young Futures
  • Create personal empowerment in vulnerable youth through education and upskilling
  • Create tangible opportunities for these youth to pursue
Our Partners
  • Indalo NPC
  • Wilderness Foundation Africa

Project goals

2023 Goals
  • Enroll 20 students into the Siyazenzela course by Wilderness Foundation Africa
  • Provide two internships at Nyosi Wildlife Reserve for graduates selected by Indalo
  • Enroll 2022 intern in a FGASA-endorsed field guiding course
Fundraising target for 2023
  • R350,000 (± USD 19,200): Siyazenzela Livelihoods, Leadership and Resilience Course delivered by Wilderness Foundation Africa
  • R62,500 (± USD 3,400): Two 6-month internships with Indalo NPC at Nyosi Wildlife Reserve with a focus on conservation, ecotourism and hospitality
  • R175,000 (± USD 9,600): FGASA-endorsed course for our first Cheetah Champion, anele, an aspiring field guide, with Ulovane Environmental Training; plus textbooks, uniform, binoculars and other equipment, and a monthly stipend while studying.

Project updates

Updates and progress
  • The first part of our annual Greening Young Futures initiative is the Siyanzenzela course, which in 2023 is co-funded by the 2022 Nedbank South Africa Charity Golf Day that is hosted in the UK by SAINT (South Africans In Need Trust) each year.
  • Our 2023 Siyazenzela course by Wilderness Foundation Africa commenced on Monday the 6th of February following a selection of 20 youths on Friday the 3rd of February. The 20 successful candidates were selected from communities adjacent to our legacy project in Nelson Mandela Bay, with the selection process being hosted at the LoveLife Youth Centre in KwaNobuhle.
  • 18 students graduated on 3rd March 2023 during a heartfelt graduation ceremony at Nyosi Wildlife Reserve. One of the students observed this date as World Wildlife Day during her graduation speech, and our two 2023 interns were announced.
  • The two selected graduates will embark on a six-month internship with Indalo NPC and Nyosi Wildlife Reserve. This was made possible thanks to funding from the Busch Gardens Conservation Fund via Wilderness Foundation Africa’s Forever Wild Conservation Programme. Our 2023 interns begin their placements on Monday the 3rd of April.
  • The remaining 16 graduates have interviews on Thursday 6th of April at the local Spar store in KwaNobuhle, which was arranged by the Wilderness Foundation Africa team.
  • We are continuing with fundraising efforts to enrol our 2022 intern, Anele Ntshiyane, in an accredited, FGASA-endorsed field guiding course. Anele is our first Cheetah Champion and is currently working at Nyosi Wildlife Reserve as a guest relations officer. Read more about Anele’s story here.
  • Our two 2023 interns are progressing well at Nyosi Wildlife Reserve, gaining exposure and learning skills in various aspects including, hospitality, ecotourism, conservation and community projects. Read our May Intern Update here
  • In June 2023, we registered Anele as a member with FGASA, the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa, and she has received her study pack to begin her journey of becoming qualified as an Apprentice Field Guide.
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Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The 17 SDGs are integrated—they recognize that action in one area will affect outcomes in others, and that development must balance social, economic and environmental sustainability.

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Greening the Community

Greening the Community

Greening the Community

Greening the Community is a long-term empowerment and environmental sustainability initiative for the local community of Kwa Nobuhle in Nelson Mandela Bay, Eastern Cape to drive environmental awareness practices at grass roots levels. It is designed to inspire change and encourage young people in particular to play their part in ensuring a prosperous future for all.

Project Overview

 

Project location: 
Nyosi Wildlife Reserve, Kwa Nobuhle – Nelson Mandela Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Project category: 
Sustainability, Community, Conservation

Project timeframe:
2019 – 2022

 

Overview

 

Project location: 
Nyosi Wildlife Reserve, Kwa Nobuhle – Nelson Mandela Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Project category: 
Sustainability, Community, Conservation

Project timeframe:
2019 – 2022 

Project partners:

  • Indalo NPC
  • Wilderness Foundation Africa

Project Vision:

  • For Indalo to open and sustain a nursery in Kwa Nobuhle
  • Create empowerment and upskill people
  • Preserve the biocultural landscape
  • Educate our youth
  • To see a visible Greening of the Kwa Nobuhle landscape
  • To spark public interest through an annual fundraising event

Project vision

Project vision
  • For Indalo to open and sustain a nursery in Kwa Nobuhle
  • Create empowerment and upskill people
  • Preserve the biocultural landscape
  • Educate our youth
  • To see a visible Greening of the Kwa Nobuhle landscape
  • To spark public interest through an annual fundraising event
Project Partners
  • Indalo NPC
  • Wilderness Foundation Africa
  • Nyosi Wildlife Reserve 

 

Project goals

Project goals
  • Plant 600 trees in the township of Kwa Nobuhle by mid-2022
  • Enrol 20 students from Kwa Nobuhle in the Siyazenzela Life Skills and Employability Program in 2021
  • Provide internships for two selected graduates for six months with Indalo at Nyosi Wildlife Reserve in 2022
  • Indalo hope to open their own nursery in their community

Project updates

Project results
  • We exceeded our goal of planting 600 trees in the township of Kwa Nobuhle by mid-2022 in 12 different schools. Over 300 school pupils attended the different tree planting days, benefitting from environmental and biocultural awareness delivered by the Indalo and CCFA teams. Indalo selected the school who took the best care of their trees and a class of 30 students from VM Kwinana School enjoyed an educational safari day with lunch at Nyosi Wildlife Reserve with Indalo.
  • CCFA hosted a fundraising event in Nelson Mandela Bay called ‘Everesting’ where ultra-athlete Steven Lancaster undertook this epic challenge in aid of the project. With the Everesting concept, you pick a hill, anywhere in the world and then run or ride repeats of it, in a single activity, until you have climbed 8 849m – the equivalent ascent of Mount Everest. During the 24-hour period, Lancaster aimed to summit Brickmakers Kloof Road 165 times. Each summit was 700m long with a 63m elevation. The average gradient is a challenging 9% but tops out at 12% in the first 300m. (The steepest gradient in the Tour de France is 13%). His ‘Mount Everest’ was reached after 141 summits; However, he aimed to run further and achieved a height of 10 000m.
  • We enrolled 20 students from Kwa Nobuhle in the Siyazenzela Life Skills and Employability Programme in 2021
  • We provided six-month internships for two graduates selected by Indalo at Nyosi Wildlife Reserve in 2022. One of the interns accepted an offer of permanent employment at the Reserve following her internship and she is an aspiring field guide.
  • Indalo have revised their goal of opening a nursery in Kwa Nobuhle, and continue to operate their nursery at Nyosi Wildlife Reserve.

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Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The 17 SDGs are integrated—they recognize that action in one area will affect outcomes in others, and that development must balance social, economic and environmental sustainability.

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