Water for Wildlife

Our Water for Wildlife project is an initiative designed to alleviate the effects of drought in South Africa’s Eastern Cape region. In response to the severe and prolonged drought that affected the area from 2015 – 2023, we implemented a plan to address the urgent need for surface water for the wild animals at Nyosi Wildlife Reserve. Our goal to create watering holes for the wild animals was achieved by drilling several boreholes to feed waterholes for the wildlife. 

Project Overview

 

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

Project category: 
Conservation

Project timeframe:
April – June 2023

 

Overview

 

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

Project category: 
Conservation

Project timeframe:
April – June 2023

Project partners:

  • Global Humane

Project Vision:

  • Our vision for the project is to reduce the water-related stress on wildlife caused by the severe and long-lasting drought in South Africa’s Eastern Cape region, specifically at the Nyosi Wildlife Reserve. By creating watering holes for the animals, we alleviated the impact of the drought and provide a more hospitable environment for the wildlife to thrive in. This intervention will not only benefit the animals but also have a positive effect on the overall biodiversity of the reserve. Ultimately, our goal is to create a stress-free environment that allows the wildlife to flourish and thrive.

Project vision

Project Vision

Our vision for the project is to reduce the water-related stress on wildlife caused by the severe and long-lasting drought in South Africa’s Eastern Cape region, specifically at the Nyosi Wildlife Reserve. By creating watering holes for the animals, we hope to alleviate the impact of the drought and provide a more hospitable environment for the wildlife to thrive in. This intervention will not only benefit the animals but also have a positive effect on the overall biodiversity of the reserve. Ultimately, our goal is to create a stress-free environment that allows the wildlife to flourish and thrive.

Project Partners

Global Humane 

Project goals

Project goal
  • Create an additional 2 – 5 watering holes for wildlife at Nyosi Wildlife Reserve through boreholes with solar water pumps

 

Fundraising target
  • $7,500 per successful watering hole – borehole drilling and solar pump installation

Project updates

Water for Wildlife 2023
  • Exploration of the first identified site began in April 2023 and borehole drilling produced a water flow of 3,000 litres per hour, allowing for the creation of a watering hole. The site is situated in a natural marsh area to align with the ecosystem, and the pumping of water will commence once the solar pump has been procured and installed.
  • The second site explored in April 2023 was not successful. Drilling was done at an old watering hole site to a depth of 200 metres, producing no water. The team suspects this is an indicator of the severity of the region’s drought, as the hydrological survey looked highly promising for the site.
  • A third site was identified as very promising due to the specific underlying geology being explored along the eastern boundary of the reserve in May 2023. 
  • A second borehole was drilled in June 2023. 
  • Thanks to the new boreholes, two new waterholes were created for the wildlife and biodiversity
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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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