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African Wildlife Conservation

The Tanglewood Foundation supports various projects across Southern Africa aimed at Wildlife Conservation & Education.

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Protection from elephants, income from honey.

This is an innovative study run by Dr Lucy King which uses an in-depth understanding of elephant behaviour to reduce damage from crop-raiding elephants. Elephants are not fond of bees and therefore they avoid areas where there are bee hives. Lucy’s project strings a single strand of wire around the village crops and hangs beehives on this wire. When the elephants walk into the wire it disturbs the bees. The agitated bees then scare the elephants away. This not only provides protection for the crops but also provides the local communities with another form of income generation when they harvest the honey.  

As part of Carla’s Elephant Ignite Sponsorship, Tanglewood Foundation sponsored bee hives to set up two farmers Phelicia and Joshia.

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Educational Booklets

This epic expedition was a means to highlight in the world-wide media what is happening to these elephants on a grand scale. The expedition was plotted over 15,787 kilometres in the period of 100 days. This dynamic all-female crew left Durban on Women’s Day 9th August 2016 and proceeded to visit ten different countries, visiting 37 projects that work tirelessly to save the dwindling elephant populations. Tanglewood Foundation donated 20 000 educational booklets that were distributed along the route to these organisations.


Empowering Locals

To stop poaching, impoverished communities, bordering protected wildlife areas, need an alternative income stream. High levels of survival anxiety enable traffickers to recruit poachers; economic development and traditional aid have not solved this problem. Nature Needs More wants to trial a new approach, a basic income linked to conservation to provide a small but reliable income to reduce survival anxiety to help reduce poaching.

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Rise of the Matriarch Expedition

Educational Booklets & Crew Sponsorship

50 days. 4 countries. 9000km. An all-women South African expedition will set out on a conservation mission in September 2018 to raise awareness about human-wildlife conflict. Headed by Durban/KZN environment warrior, humanitarian and adventurer, Carla Geyser, the Journeys with Purpose: Rise of the Matriarch expedition will see an all-women crew traversing South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe armed with purpose and passion.

The team will engage with local communities especially children on the human-wildlife issue and distribute 30 000 educational booklets donated by the Tanglewood Foundation, connect with anti-poaching groups, visit conservation groups and schools, and meet with incredible women who are doing remarkable things at a grassroots level to assist in conservation efforts. 

Along with donating the booklets, Tanglewood Foundation has also sponsored Lungile Dimba, Education Administrator at WESSA (Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa), and Celokuhle "Smax" Biyela so that they can join the crew on the expedition.


Planting Trees

Trees4KZN is aimed at increasing Kwa-Zulu Natal's tree count while also educating KZN’s youth about why it is important to plant and nurture our trees. Our goal is to plant 1000 trees in and around rural areas. Tanglewood Foundation has donated funds towards this incredible project.
During many expeditions through Africa, we have seen the negative impact of deforestation. It’s a massive problem. We need trees to survive. They provide us with oxygen, shade and beauty. What’s more, studies have shown that tree planting is a sustainable way to combat the effects of environmental pollution. So, planting more trees is crucial and we’d like to see more people involved around the world.


Empowering the Community

Somkhanda Game Reserve is owned by the Gumbi tribe as a result of a series of successful land claims and was handed over to the community in 1998. Somkhanda is 12000ha, which consists of 4 major properties that were previously either cattle or game farms. Of those farms claimed, one was previously known as Milimani Game Sanctuary which is where our lodge and camps are now based today.

Tanglewood Foundation donated to the Somkhanda to help run the reserve, as well as paying for the renovation of the Cottlands House. This was a run down house that had no use. The renovation of this house meant that the rhino monitors could live here on the reserve and ensure a 24/7 presence. 


Community Outreach Surrounding Phinda Game Reserve

Tanglewood Foundation has supported many projects that Phinda and others in the area have initiated to benefit the community surrounding their Game Reserve.  Neville Hawkey works with the local surrounding community and installed a borehole pump to help them grow vegetables. This initiative along with repairing the windmill for another pump help the local community feed itself helping prevent poaching in the nearby reserve. Each year Phinda run a campaign to help provide backpacks and essential stationary items for the new entrant school children at the nearby school. All of these things link the game reserve with the community to their mutual benefit.


Save The Elephants

Tanglewood Foundation has been supporting various projects to Save The Elephants and working with Michelle Henley to ensure the money donated has been put to most effect.  So far the Tanglewood Foundation has provided:
1) Collar and collaring operations costs (R 70 000)
2) Monthly service fees for collared elephants (R 50 000 for a year)
3) R 40 000 for new beehive design which we want to test for honey production investment and equipment 
4) R 30 000 for 3 months research salary to monitor trees
5) R 20 000 towards fuel expenses (4 months)
6) R 40 000 for Wildshots Educational Outreach Workshop

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Nyandu Camp, Weenan Game Reserve 
KZN, South Africa

Refurbishment of the Camp and Training for Staff

Frik and Chris Galliers approached the Tanglewood Foundation for funds to help refurbish and restart the community Education camp in the Weenan Game Reserve. The camp had deteriorated and needed rebuilding and also staff needed to be trained. This allows the camp to be used for educational purposes for school trips and club outings into the bush from the Guatang and KZN provinces as well as to give the local communities leaders access to enjoy the park that neighbours their property. This closer relationship with the local community is hoped to expand the park into local community land. Extending the range for the animals.

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Bringing impoverished children together through sport and educating them on conservation.

Matsetso stars was started by Jane High, who lives in Chimanimani, Zimbabwe.  She received a letter from some youngsters who had tried to start their own football team. These kids lived in a traditional village known as Matsetso which was known as the poorest neighbourhood of Chimanimani town. Matsetso has a high proportion of disadvantaged kids and HIV orphans who live on the edges of the golf course in Chimanimani. 

They have a Youth Centre with library and computers and where they hold a weekly power point presentation on issues which affect them, in particular environmental issues such as Climate Change, fires, care of our Trees, soils and rivers. Jane believes sport teaches many valuable life lessons to children but her larger vision is that this Sports Program be used to teach them how valuable and how vulnerable their natural heritage in Chimanimani really is. With help from local tourism businesses and tourists, children who were previously unable to attend school receive school uniforms, supplementary feeding and their school fees paid.

Tanglewood Foundation is sponsoring one of their students, Tim to complete his birding training so that he can become a bird guide for tourists in the area.