With our vision to care for the land, wildlife and people, while delivering extraordinary guest experiences, and the constraints of finite resources, we have needed to use various means to assist us with a number of key functions; implementation, fundraising, communication and research.
Empowering communities, enabling conservation
Africa Foundation is an independent, tax-exempt, NPO registered in South Africa, the United States and the United Kingdom. Working together with &Beyond, and in consultation with the communities themselves, Africa Foundation facilitates the socio-economic development of rural communities living in, or close to, the continent’s conservation areas.
Africa Foundation Mission
To facilitate the empowerment and development of people living within protected wildlife areas in Africa by forging unique partnerships between conservation initiatives and local communities, thus making these initiatives relevant to the people.
Why Africa Foundation & &Beyond?
For &Beyond, our involvement with Africa Foundation represents our core tenet of Care of the People, with the Foundation as the preferred partner through which we work with the identified communities surrounding the reserves where we operate.
We believe that, in order for wildlife to thrive, local populations need to experience the benefits of participation in conservation. This is becoming more relevant with building pressure from increased rural populations, limited resources and limited ability of local governments to accommodate the social business and infrastructural needs of rural areas surrounding wildlife reserves. The Africa Foundation methodology empowers communities to grow their own capacity and to have an influence on decisions that have a direct impact on their lives, both from a social and economic point of view.
World Wildlife Fund
Black Rhino Range Expansion Project
The Black Rhino Range Expansion Project (BRREP) was started in 2003 to counter the dramatic decrease in numbers of black rhino, which led to their near extinction in the 1990s. The Black Rhino Range Expansion Project is a partnership between the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Board. It is supported by the Ford Wildlife Foundation.
&Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve was the first private reserve to receive black rhino as part of this historic project when 15 rhino were introduced to the reserve in 2004. &Beyond Phinda was selected to take part in this initiative by the WWF due to our proven successes in conservation and community work, which meant that the experience and platforms were in place to support the project. The first black rhino calf was conceived and born at &Beyond Phinda in 2007. The mother was introduced to the reserve in 2004 and was the first animal translocated as part of this project to give birth to a calf in her new home.
Each year since then has seen new black rhino calves born on the reserve.
- Rhino are taken from existing high density populations that are attracting more and more poaching, and released in an area that has few numbers of rhino and an excellent anti-poaching record.
- By creating multiple populations of rhino in a number of geographic regions, we are making it harder for poachers to operate than by having one concentrated population in one country.
Recent and current research projects at &Beyond
&Beyond has a formal agreement with the University of South Africa (UNISA) where we identify a sustainability need across our operations. We collectively agree and align with the UNISA Honours, Masters and PhD postgraduate programmes, allowing them to conduct their research projects through access to our operation. This is a mutually beneficial relationship where research findings are shared with our business and we provide a robust platform for the students to conduct their research. We also partner with other tertiary institutions, such as the University of Johannesburg and the University of KwaZulu-Natal, for specific projects as and when the opportunities arise.
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