Become a Conservation Guardian and join us on our mission to create a sustainable future for wildlife and people

Education

Learn key skills in a hands-on environment in farming, developing bio products and more.

Wildlife

Help our local community to sustain themselves with vegetable gardens that offer food security and nutrition.

Sustainability

Understand the role sustainability plays in conserving the reserve and in the development of skills for local people.

About the Conservation Guardian Program

Sustainability is THE most important element to conservation today! With a rapidly reproducing population that seems to have broken free from the confinements of natural living, where it is survival of the fittest, the population will only continue to multiply and demand more from a planet that can no longer keep up with the current demand.
This is the same principle that Quo Vadis Africa is fighting today. We enlisted to help save the biodiversity of Shongweni Nature Reserve from a demand the reserve could no longer sustain, a demand linked to people. Biodiversity is life! The eradication of Shongweni would be detrimental to the lives of the communities relying on it for food, fuel and their livelihoods. Complexly, the people here suffer in rural poverty often going without food, and shelter, no clothing or access to education and with 80% unemployment rates, limited ability to find work. How can we take away the only thing they have for sustenance?
This is where you come in! Help us to develop our sustainability models and then assist the people in adopting them. Educate and organically grow an understand of why old traditions that harm biodiversity must be replaced by new traditions that will benefit them forever! Animal Farming, Aquaculture, Aquaponics, Biofuel and Vegetable Gardening are all areas you can get involved with today. Help end hunger, help end poaching, help repair the balance and ultimately help to protect the lives of our people and animals!
Biodiversity + Sustainability = Life
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Water Hyacinth to Biofuel, Briquettes and Charcoal Project

A project with big ambition but even bigger potential if we can make it work! Water Hyacinth grows aggressively throughout Shongweni Nature Reserve carrying terrible side effects if left untreated. This invasive weed can stop animals drinking at the waters edge, can stop fishermen being able to fish and change the chemical composition of the waterways... So why not use a rapidly growing vegetation that would simply been cut and throw away in vein for something extraordinary. Biofuel!
You can help as to achieve this incredible initiative by:
  • + Collect alien plants and vegetation samples

    + Find the best practise, formula and operation to create the most effective biofuel

    + Experiment with the mix ratio to create the best bio briquettes

    + Explore the possibilities of charcoal creation

    + Formulate the final recipe and test the final product

    + Delivery the product to the community

Contact us to learn more
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Developing new and sustainable farming methods.

Another huge development is entering into our 2nd phase of food security! This will allow the community to not only adopt sustainable methods of growing and harvesting food that will help eradicate illegal poaching within the reserve, it allows the people to exercise new skills, create new trades and find a new sense of purpose rather than existing in a society with little hope for a bright future.
Once again you can get involved! Whether you have farming experience, green fingers or are simply striving to improve 3rd world living condition, this project will cause huge change across social, ecological and economical systems. Just a few ways of doing this:
  • + Invent innovative gardens and farming facilities using repurposed items like old canoes

    + Build Aquaculture and Aquaponic facilities

    + Assist the local people’s learning of their new sustainable farming methods

    + Care for the gardens and animals with love and kindness, to strive for optimal harvest

    + Oversee harvest and the development of eco-friendly packaging methods

    + Together, distribute the products to the community to allow phase 2 of food security and nutrition advances to be achieved

    + Checking on natural beehives and drafting a strategy for beekeeping

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We also have a Elephant and Lion Research Program that you may be interested in!

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