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“To Learn and To Teach” ("Siyafunda" in Zulu)

are the objectives on which Siyafunda Wildlife

and Conservation is founded and the basic principles that drive our projects. Our aim

is to obtain a greater understanding of wildlife

and the environment in which it thrives and

to teach our knowledge to all who assist us at

our Siyafunda projects.

Siyafunda was founded in 2004 to assist the Greater Makalali Nature Reserve with monitoring their elephants as part of the contraception program, which is the longest running elephant contraception project in the world. This has now evolved to include the monitoring of all Big 5 animals as well as other predators. 

Our projects have been established to provide

a dedicated assistance to our partnered conservation areas. By assisting with their specific information requirements we enable the reserves

to make the best decisions for the welfare of their animals. Siyafunda provides a unique and professional experience for individuals of these fascinating natural environments.

Our Mission

Siyafunda is committed to

       Being the first choice for conservation volunteers from around the world.

      Offering the best wildlife monitoring and sustainable support for game reserves,

research and conservation projects in South Africa.

      Furthering knowledge and awareness by hosting researchers and interns from educational affiliations, while supporting and informing local communities.

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BUFFALO HERD HAS INCREASED FROM 52 TO 95 SINCE 2019 RELEASE

54 ELEPHANTS IN THE RESERVE IN 2023

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3 CHEETAHS IN THE RESERVE IN 2023

29 LIONS IN THE RESERVE IN 2023

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28 LEOPARDS IN THE RESERVE IN 2022

PHOTOGRAPHS
by Paul Cheet
ham,
Michele Borboni,
Camilla Roses
 and
Claire Debauve.

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“Real conservationists don't cuddle animals.
Keep it real!" - Siyafunda Team


"Come Discover Their Worth"

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