The institution of the Better Ukuwela Nature Reserve was the end result of a strategy of collaboration and negotiation between Wild Tomorrow Fund, which owns 85% of the land within the reserve, and several other non-public landowners, who united with a standard imaginative and prescient to guard and develop habitat for the area’s distinctive biodiversity. It’s this collective imaginative and prescient, supported each domestically and globally, that units the Reserve aside in South Africa. Whereas many non-public reserves in South Africa are established to concentrate on for-profit safari tourism, the Better Ukuwela Nature Reserve’s focus is to place nature first, for the first goal of habitat conservation. Philanthropic funding for the Reserve and its safety and restoration has been supplied by 1000’s of particular person donors and foundations, lots of whom could by no means set foot on this wild area, whose safety they personally assist from far-off in America, the UK, Australia, Switzerland, Iceland, Hong Kong, Spain and extra. These beneficiant people across the globe have one factor in widespread: they’re involved concerning the threats to wildlife globally and perceive that the destruction of untamed locations in a single a part of the world impacts us all. In line with the South African Nationwide Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), South Africa is ranked the third most biologically numerous nation on Earth and is considered one of 17 megadiverse international locations which collectively comprise nearly all of the world’s biodiversity. A lot is at stake globally if we don’t defend South Africa’s distinctive biodiversity.
The Better Ukuwela Nature Reserve is dwelling to a few threatened habitat sorts which at the moment are not simply protected, however underneath energetic restoration: Subtropical Freshwater Wetlands (susceptible), Western Maputaland Clay Bushveld (susceptible), and the Dry Sand Forest (endangered).
These habitats are dwelling to an unimaginable array of lifetime of over 1200 species (and counting). On this ever-growing species record, 40 species are threatened with extinction. These embrace Leopard (susceptible), White-backed Vulture (critically endangered), Southern Banded Snake Eagle (critically endangered), Japanese Hinged-back tortoise (susceptible), and the Suni antelope (regionally threatened). Wild Tomorrow Fund has aided this restoration of native wildlife by reintroducing species that had been absent from this land for many years together with zebra, giraffe, reedbuck, waterbuck, and wildebeest.