Faced with ever increasing urbanisation, it has become necessary to consider cities and other urban areas as sites requiring integration into conservation efforts. This is particularly true of areas inhabited by indigenous wildlife such as birds and bats that have adapted to living in and around man-made buildings and infrastructure. While such adaptations are beneficial to the animals’ ability to survive in urban settings, these urban-adapted species are also in a particularly vulnerable position to human conflict and persecution due to their close proximity to humans. Humans can also find themselves in vulnerable positions when they come into contact with potentially dangerous animals or are exposed to wildlife carriers of disease.
Many urban residents consider a number of urban wildlife species as pests and often resort to unnecessarily destructive behaviour to rid themselves of such annoyances. Wildlife in our cities is, however, fundamental in maintaining the integrity of the natural ecosystem processes that provide us with services required for our survival such as water and clean air. The natural environment is also vitally important for our mental and emotional wellbeing, providing us with spaces for recreational, cultural and spiritual activities.
The main goal of this project is to provide tools and support for the sustainable management of the human-wildlife interface within the urban matrix of Gauteng and create a better city for both humans and wildlife.
Have you seen wildlife in your garden?
Report any interesting Gauteng sightings to our Urban Conservation Project
EWT Website: www.ewt.org.za
Technology is advancing in leaps and bounds every day and has opened up a world of possibilities in communication and global collaboration that we may never have imagined. We can use this advanced technology not only for business and recreation but also to unite diverse groups of people to actively participate in the conservation of our natural resources.
The primary output of the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Urban Conservation Project is the development of the Urban Conservation Hotline, a support platform that facilitates the public’s enjoyment of the rich array of wildlife and ecosystems within the Gauteng urban areas, and ensures the sustainability and resiliency of the province. The hotline provides advice and assistance to urban residents that may come into conflict with wildlife in and around our city, to help them face issues in an environmentally sustainable way. This is supported by various other technologies and social media applications, including Facebook and Twitter , which urban residents can access to report issues of wildlife conflict that they encounter in Gauteng, as well as access information about conservation events and successes taking place in their area.
- create guidelines and toolkits that will help you with any wildlife issues you may have, or help you to get more in touch with the city’s wilder side! These will be available on line (eco friendly!) and limited printed copies will be available on request;
- make sure we have all the experts on hand to tackle any issues or queries you might have;
- encourage and support you in your quest to make your city better and more sustainable;
- educate the urban public and spread the message that humans and wildlife are both part of a larger natural system, and that we depend on each other for many things.
Emily Taylor (Gauteng Biodiversity Stewardship Project Coordinator) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, GardenShop and Generation Earth.
The Reserve is operated by the Endangered Wildlife Trust on behalf of Heartland Properties. The Modderfontein Conservation Society have had input into the area for many years now and are assisting with the establishment of the reserve.
Modderfontein Reserve seeks not only to protect indigenous fauna and flora in the area, but also to provide an attractive open space within the urban fabric where visitors can come and enjoy its natural beauty without traveling too far from home.
The vision for the Reserve is to create, within an urban setting, a natural open space which is socially, economically and ecologically sustainable. The 275-hectare private park is the second-largest private park in Gauteng and includes portions of the Modderfontein Spruit, a number of dams, grassland and hills. http://www.modderfonteinreserve.co.za/
Boaz Tsebe email: email@example.com
Urban Conservation Reserve Manager