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Loskop Dam Nature Reserve

Howlett’s Wild Animal Park

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Rewilding Loskop: Restoring a Reserve and a Badger's Return to Freedom

Loskop Dam Nature Reserve, a sparkling jewel set in the heart of South Africa, is soon to see a monumental transformation. WeWild Africa, known for its unprecedented efforts in wildlife conservation, is embarking on an ambitious mission: the restoration of Loskop.

Stretching across over 23,000 hectares, this reserve is a haven of natural beauty and tranquility. It is located just under a three-hour drive northeast of Johannesburg, making it a perfect weekend retreat for city dwellers seeking a reprieve from the hustle and bustle.

The reserve, with its diverse flora and fauna, offers limitless exploration opportunities. Wildlife viewing, boating, bird watching, fishing, camping, picnicking, and family getaways at exclusive cabins are just a few of the many activities visitors can indulge in. Unfortunately, years of poor management and relentless poaching have severely impacted the ecological balance of the reserve. 

In collaboration with the local government, we aim to address these issues and restore the reserve to its former glory. The goal is not only to reintroduce the “big five” – lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and African buffalo – but also to enhance infrastructure, provide robust protection, and train rangers.

Over the next decade, we envision expanding the area of the reserve from its current 23,000 hectares to between 60,000 and 100,000 hectares. We believe that by restoring the natural balance and reintroducing the wildlife, Loskop Dam Nature Reserve could become one of the most beautiful reserves in South Africa.

Against the backdrop of the imminent rewilding of Loskop, there’s a unique narrative taking shape – the tale of Tembe, an African Honey Badger. Born and raised in Howlett’s Wild Animal Park in England, she’s lived a life that is far removed from the wild expanses of her ancestral homeland.

Tembe, much like her kin, does not belong in captivity. After two arduous years of paperwork, bureaucracy, and meticulous planning, we are finally ready to release her into the beautiful Loskop Dam Nature Reserve. While African honey badgers are not critically endangered and therefore do not necessitate captive breeding, their numbers in zoos have seen an alarming increase in the past few years. This trend is indicative of wild honey badgers being captured and put into captivity – an act we aim to counter.

Through all this, we hope to inspire individuals to question the narrative that zoos are inherently beneficial for conservation. Each wild animal, like Tembe, deserves the freedom of the wild and not the confines of a cage.

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