WESSA Lowveld raises funds, and supports, some special interest projects. Currently these include:
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Tracker Dog Unit
Since 2015 WESSA Lowveld has been involved in the provision of a Tracker dog unit for Hluhluwe-Imfolozi park in KZN. We have been the catalyst in not only supplying the dogs but in also training the handlers. After some successes it was agreed that the unit would run best if it was managed by NGOs and held in Imfolozi “On call” for whenever needed. We have been fortunate to have Duncan Paul of Pietermaritzburg, a former Game Ranger and Professional Hunter) step up to the plate in managing this programme from the NGO side. Duncan has secured further funding and WESSA Lowveld will work in support of him in making this NGO-Public sector venture a success. Hill’s Petfood have been extremely generous in donating the food for the unit. We are also most grateful to PHASA (Professional Hunters Association of SA) for their generous donation of R42 000 toward this project (August 2017).
Peace Parks Foundation Anti-poaching
Since 2013, WESSA Lowveld has had an MoU with the Peace Parks Foundation to help them with their anti-poaching efforts. We have been supported in this by SAVE Australia, whose generosity has been invaluable. Special mention must be made of Michael Palmer who visits us annually. This project has also been supported by the Professional Hunters Association of Southern Africa who gave us R 100,000 a year for two years running. These funds helped us to support Game Reserves United , the Anti-Poaching operations of the private reserves on western boundary of Kruger National Park where we provided a 4×4 vehicle for their field officer.