Earth Day is an annual event that has been celebrated for the past 50 years around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Each year Earth Day has a specific theme. Last year, this was “Protect Our Species” with the aim to draw attention to the rapid extinction of species in our world, which can be linked directly to human activities.
These included deforestation, loss of habitat, climate change, unsustainable practices, but most importantly trafficking and poaching. Although the theme for Earth Day 2020 is Climate Action, Kapama Private Game Reserve decided to once again focus on the Protection of our species.
Now more than ever our need to protect our wildlife and endangered species remains stronger than ever.
Even as South Africa remains in lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the efforts of our Anti Poaching and K-9 units remain dedicated, to continue patrolling Kapama Private Game Reserve around the clock.
Our Rangers share with you their thoughts, passion and commitment around conserving nature and protecting our endangered wildlife.
Video By Buffalo Camp Head Ranger – Rassie Jacobs, Photo By River Lodge Head Ranger Stefan De Weerd
Kapama to host the Safari Guide of the Year Awards 2023
Kapama Private Game Reserve, renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and abundant wildlife, is the esteemed host for this year’s Safari Guide of the Year Awards. With its commitment to conservation, exceptional guest experiences, and dedication to the preservation of Africa’s natural heritage, Kapama is the ideal location for honouring the outstanding individuals who embody the spirit of safari guiding.
We totally enjoyed our stay at Kapama River Lodge in February 2020 and safaris with our guide Justice. Seeing this Anti Poaching K-9 unit segment on line, I wanted to mention that a week or two ago I saw that another South African park is using a new US based K-9 unit where the dogs were specially trained for South African conditions in seeking out poachers. The program was originally created to capture escaped prisoners in Texas and the dogs are specially bred. They are so successful on the trials in South Africa that they figure poaching has been reduced by at least 50% from current levels using the Ranger program at most Parks/Reserves. https://ronproject.com/texas-hounds-lead-fight-poachers/ Check it out and best of luck at reducing the numbers of poachers, and keep up the good work on educating local villages that they are hurting not only wildlife populations but negatively affecting tourism and a large economic base in their region by continuing to poach animals.
Thank you for the message. So pleased you enjoyed your stay at Kapama. Such an interesting story about the K-9 unit from the USA. Very informative. Thanks again for the message and all the best to you and your family during this difficult time.