Guardians of our Sanctuary
Much has been said within the wildlife industry about the increase in poaching while our reserves are empty of guests. With the absence of game vehicles out on drives and less people present in the reserves, the poachers have been given a window of opportunity to increase operations.
As a remote wildlife sanctuary unfenced to both South Africa and Zimbabwe, Mashatu Game Reserve has been presented with a massive challenge by the Covid-19 border closures and lockdowns. To ensure the safety and protection of the animals during these tough times, Mashatu has, together with stakeholders within Mashatu (including shareholders, syndicate members, management and employees) come up with a plan to ensure that the wildlife, equipment and infrastructure, are protected and preserved for the day when border posts are opened, lockdowns are lifted and tourism returns to the reserve.
We are especially grateful to our guides and trackers who have demonstrated their passion and dedication to wildlife by assisting us with patrols and being our eyes on the ground. Their intimate knowledge of the area is invaluable in ensuring that every inch of our land is monitored and protected.
Through the generosity of various stakeholders in Mashatu, funding has been raised to support this security initiative to ensure the protection and preservation of tourism and employment through the safeguarding of wildlife, infrastructure and equipment of Mashatu Game Reserve.
Images and text by Janet Kleyn.