Wildlands Conservation awarded R34m relief funding

The Wildlands Conservation Trust in KwaZulu-Natal has been awarded $2 million (about R34 million) in emergency relief funding by the Wildlife Ranger Challenge, a non-profit fund raising initiative, to make up for the financial loss suffered as a result of COVID-19.

‘Wildlands is incredibly grateful for this funding as the work we do has been hampered greatly by the pandemic. Our rangers rely on these salaries to support their families and by ensuring that we have funds for their salaries means that our collective wildlife and its sustainability are covered,’ said Wildtrust CEO, Roelie Kloppers, according to Tourism Update.

This funding will specifically go towards the anti-poaching unit.

The Wildlife Ranger Challenge is a combined effort from various organisations partnering to host a virtual ‘race’ on October 3 where participants can virtually walk or run 5, 10 or 21 km with more than 200 wildlife rangers across Africa.

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Source: Getaway