It is essential that we tend to the surrounding land in the vicinity where the elephants traverse regularly enroute to the further areas of the reserve. The operation involves the rehabilitation of previously cultivated land to a more stable and naturally representative state. Once we reach our target, we will be able to apply preventative management techniques to the surrounding land to prevent environmental degradation shaped by the elephants.
Our land management plan covers various areas of the reserve, looking to create more sustainable processes. Our project will assist in reducing and preventing the environmental impact of the rescued elephants on the land around the orphanage and homestead. In phase 1 of our land project, we restored 50 hectares of land, and we aim to cover the same area in Phase 2. To let just one year pass without restoring the land the elephant's traverse can be extremely detrimental to the environment.
Our plan includes removing encroaching tree species and alien or invasive plant species, and reusing plant matter for veld management techniques like Brush-Packing. Indigenous grass seeds will be used to speed up restoration. The soil will be prepared using a tractor and elephant dung compost will be added for nutrition. Branches removed through clearing will form a protective mattress over the soil. Indigenous trees will be planted around them to protect the branches from being pushed over.
The long-term impact of our project includes the regeneration of essential elements to help the environment thrive, as well as to manage corrosion and to ensure a greater diversity and growth of plants and trees. This will help restore balance in grazing areas. It is vital to help ensure the longevity of the conservation as well as the health and well-being of wildlife grazing in these areas, especially for the elephants in our care.
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