Conservation Education Centre
Ensuring that communities understand and benefit from the existence of the reserve is an important element of this relationship.
Nurturing a passion for nature
The communities close to our reserves play a key role in helping us to achieve our conservation goals, and in preserving the integrity of each wilderness area and its ecosystem. Despite living in such close proximity to Singita Pamushana, many have never had the opportunity to view and appreciate the wildlife that we are tirelessly working to protect.
The Conservation Education Centre (Hakamela Bush Camp) is set in the heart of the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve and was established by the Malilangwe Trust to teach children about the importance of conservation and to nurture a passion for this in their everyday lives.
Conservation Education CentreCommunity
As custodians of the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve in Zimbabwe, the Malilangwe Trust manages the conservation of this pristine wilderness – which comprises 38 different habitats and ecological zones in 130,000 acres of protected land.
After successfully introducing 28 black and 15 white rhinos to the reserve in 1998, it’s now home to a globally significant population of both and the programme has been so successful that it is a source for restocking rhinos in other reserves on the continent.
The Trust has developed a blueprint for creating harmony between conservation initiatives and community development in villages that neighbour wildlife areas and ensured a sanctuary for a wide range of wildlife, including breeding herds of rare antelope species such as sable and roan.
An onsite Environmental Education Centres for school teachers and children allows them to immerse themselves in Outdoor Education and fieldwork, while the Trust’s nutrition programme provides 20,000 children with a fortifying meal before school every day in order to address increasing food insecurity in the region.