Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Hendrik Kanise Public School

(C) BF South Africa

Located in Alicedale near the Shamwari Wildlife Reserve, Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, this school is a long-time partner of Born Free South Africa. Born Free’s two sanctuaries for rescued lions and leopards are set within Shamwari’s award-winning wildlife reserve.  There is also an education centre at each sanctuary where school-children and visitors are taught about the plight of captive wildlife and the need to conserve wildlife where it belongs – in the wild.

Students: 490

Age range: 5-20 years

Male: female ratio: 1:1

Local wildlife/environmental challenges:

  1. Water & sanitation (drought, pollution etc.);
  2. Livestock;
  3. Illegal activities (illegal fishing practices, poaching etc.);
  4. Solid waste disposal
  5. Renewable energy
  6. Invasive alien species

Key achievements in 2014/15:

  1. The provision of water tanks has allowed more efficient rainwater harvested and increased water availability for the garden. Increasing the size of the school vegetable garden as a result so that a bigger contribution can be made to the School Nutrition programme;
  2. Training to apply herbicide empowered the wildlife club and allowed them to effectively take part in and independently manage an invasive species control project. Invasive species have a negative impact on native biodiversity.

Key achievements in 2015/16:

  1. A community workshop was held to engage the local population in the environment club’s activities;
  2. Bins, water tanks and garden tools helped the school establish and maintain a vegetable garden and keep the grounds clear of litter.

Key achievements in 2016/17

  1. The purchase of equipment helped the school conduct invasive species control (plants) and record their activities.
Born Free Foundation
Broadlands Business Campus, Langhurstwood Road
, Horsham, RH12 4QP, UK - Charity Reg. No. 1070906

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