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Siyafunda Wildlife & Conservation

“People are not going to care about animal conservation unless they think animals are worthwhile.” – Sir David Attenborough

"Come Discover Their Worth"

“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 Game 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.

Buffalo release June 2019

12 Elephant Encounters 2020

#3 African Wild-dogs introduced 2019


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

2019 Sightings Summary

34 Wild dogs observations

104 Buffalo sightings

72 Cheetah sightings

397 Elephant sightings

3479 Herbivore sightings

120 Hippo sightings

17 Brown Hyena sightings

218 Spotted Hyena sightings

777 Birds of prey recorded

78 Leopard sightings (not including panthera camera trap project sightings)

268 Lion sightings

412 Small and Nocturnal mammal sigthings

8 Ground hornbill sightings