Under the custodianship of German investors Barbara and Hellmuth Weisser and Jeffrey van Staden of African Habitat Conservancy, the legacy investment of four years in the making aims to place more land and wildlife under conservation.
As stewards of this unique piece of land, Babanango Game Reserve seeks to preserve the flora and fauna that call it home. We also partner with conservationists, non-profit organisations and the local communities. This helps educate people about the value of the ecosystem.
Rich in biodiversity, Babanango Game Reserve features mountainous terrain with granite cliffs, rocks and boulders punctuating the landscape. It also accommodates lush mistbelt grasslands, of which only 2% are protected in South Africa. The surroundings make for breathtaking views across soaring hilltops and down valleys hewn by the age-old White Umfolozi River. Sheltered within the reserve are two national symbols (South Africa’s national plant, the Protea caffra, and national bird, the Blue Crane) and a number of other rare gems worth seeking out.
Dehorning is important to sustaining our rhino population as it’s a temporary safeguard against the devastating rising incidences of poaching. With no horn present, there’s less reason for poachers to target our precious rhino.
Dehorning doesn’t cause any pain to the rhino, as the horns are primarily made of keratin, which is the protein that also makes up our hair and nails. This means the horns grow back slowly over time.
Coupled with dehorning, Babanango Game Reserve adheres to strict anti-poaching security measures to ensure the safety of our beautiful rhinos.
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