April has come and gone so fast – most probably because we were so busy working hard and having fun. During the last two weeks of April our area, the Sunshine Coast of the Eastern Cape, was blessed with some much needed rain. Most mud wallows are now small ponds, the dams on the reserve are full and the streams and rivers are flowing strongly. Here is what the Kariega Conservation Volunteers got up to during April.
A big thanks to the very enthusiastic group of Kariega Conservation Volunteers that made it a memorable afternoon with the children of Klipfontein After-care centre recently.
We enjoyed a full and happy month during March in balmy and warm weather - lots of research, bush clearing, a visit with local school children and various great weekend activities.
The Kariega Conservation Volunteers had a fantastic and busy month. February is the hottest time of the year and temperatures were mostly above 30 degrees Celsius. Well done to everyone for enduring the heat and still staying enthusiastic and performing so well!
The Kariega Conservation Volunteers were involved in 11 game releases or introductions on the reserve, as well as 11 captures and darting procedures. Read all about it here.
From January to August 2013 about 5257 invasive pine trees and 7453 invasive black wattles were removed from Kariega Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape by the Kariega Conservation Volunteers. In addition, about 4680 'miracle trees' (Spekboom) were planted!
Kariega Conservation Volunteers celebrated Children's Day this year by spending the day playing with the students from Farmerfield School. "We played all the games we could possibly think of from our childhood and had lots of fun and great laughs. What a Wonderful Wednesday!"
This Wednesday the Kariega Conservation Volunteers spent the day serving at Masibulele Preschool and Ekamphumleni soup kitchen as part of a pilot township volunteer programme facilitated by the Kariega Project.
September had so many wonderful highlights and numerous national significant days were celebrated by volunteers on Kariega Game Reserve.
A big thank you from the Kariega Foundation to our guest Anne Leitch from Australia who handed over a bunch of sports shirts to the students at Farmerfield School for the netball and soccer team. The teams are all very excited to play their first match in their official team shirts!