Elephant Corridor Reserve

Elephant corridor reserve

Acres Saved

Catherine Barnard, CEO, World Land Trust

“Puro support to the Wild Tomorrow Fund in 2023 will help to secure a wildlife corridor between two large, protected areas on South Africa’s ‘Elephant Coast’ thereby protecting and restoring the newly designated Greater Ukuwela Nature Reserve for the region’s threatened species. These land acquisitions will safeguard the migration and movement of species by closing the remaining gap in a single contiguous protected landscape as well as support the local communities through conservation-related employment and access to sustainable resources.”

Reserve Profile:

Wild Tomorrow Fund

We have saved:
32 acres

Total reserve size:
319 acres

Reserve name: Greater Ukuwela Nature Reserve

The Greater Ukuwela Nature Reserve is home to 1,200 species including 52 mammals, 21 amphibians, 402 birds, 162 wildflowers and 44 reptile species. The corridor’s floodplains and wetlands expand habitat for South Africa’s largest population of Hippopotamus, Nile Crocodile and 31 threatened bird species. Several threatened plant species and protected trees have also been confirmed to occur within the reserve including the Critically Rare Giant Sansevieria which is classified as Critically Rare within South Africa. African Savanna Elephant (Loxodonta Africana, EN); Black Rhino (Diceros bicornis, CR); African Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus, EN); Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus, VU); Suni (Nesotragus moschatus,LC – regionally endangered); African Lion (Panthera leo, VU); Leopard (Panthera pardus, VU); Southern Banded Snake Eagle (Circaetus fasciolatus, NT); White-backed Vulture (Gyps africanus, CR) are some of the other key species inhabiting in the reserve.

Habitat type:
Woodland, grassland, wetland habitats, along with freshwater springs and forest interspersed with rivers, marshes and pans

Altitude of 5-55m a.s.l.

The Greater Ukuwela Nature Reserve lies within both the Maputaland Centre for Plant Endemism and the Maputaland-Pondoland-Albany Biodiversity Hotspot. The Reserve is located in a rural area, home predominantly to Zulu people who make up more than four-fifths of the population of the KwaZulu-Natal province View in Google Maps



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