Save Magaliesberg species snare project

In 2014, a leopard project of the Department Biodiversity Management of the North West Provincial Government (NWPG) and the Department Nature Conservation of the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) uncovered the extent of the snaring problem within the biosphere. Brandy, a telemetry-collared leopard got caught in a snare (set for antelope and warthogs) and had to be darted and treated by veterinarians in order to save her life. A follow-up sweep for snares uncovered a large number of snare ‘hot-spots’. TUT, the Wildlife and Environment Society of SA (WESSA) and NWPG launched a three-tiered programme to save the wildlife of the Magaliesberg. The first involved identifying the first snare hot-spots and removing the snares, the second identifying the ‘bush-meat’ traders and addressing the issues from a community perspective and thirdly, promoting community involvement in sustainably utilising and conserving one of the most unique areas on the continent, the Magaliesberg biosphere.

Snare removal operations continue in 2019 with just under 100 snares removed during 4 operations to date. The good news is that two of the previous snare ‘hot-spots’ have been clean over the last six months. Overall 2019 has seen a decrease in the snares recovered, however there is much area to cover and where the team will now focus on additional snare ‘hot-spots’.

Tsolego village link

On the western slopes of the Magaliesberg, just outside Rustenburg is the Tlholego Eco-village and Learning Centre. The centre has been at it for over 25 years, and was the first learning centre in South Africa to offer training in Permaculture and ecologically sound land management practices.

Magaliesberg Blue Plaque Project

The Magaliesberg Association for Culture and Heritage are placing Blue Plaques at heritage sites throughout the Magaliesberg Biosphere. 

Umsuka Project

The National Geographic “Umsuka” Public Palaeoanthropology Project (Nat Geo “Umsuka”), a public outreach programme of the African Digital Education Trust (ADET), is committed to the mission of increasing the accessibility of our common fossil hominin heritage for South Africans of diverse backgrounds in order to engage them with the past in ways that unite us in the present and help us to work towards a shared future.

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