Monday, June 27, 2011
Activities at Mokolodi Wildlife Reserve
Mokolodi Wildlife Reserve used to be known more for raising livestock than protecting wildlife. After years of ranching degraded the land, the owner decided to devote the area to protecting elephants, giraffes, impala, kudu, crocodiles, hippos, ostrich, warthogs and various other animals and birds. However, the reserve hasnot stopped producing food. Staff working at the park teach local farmers not only how to conserve and protect wildlife and the environment, but also about permaculture farming techniques that work in balance with the environment. By growing indigenous vegetables, recycling water for irrigation, and using organic fertilizers – including elephant and other wildlife dung – the reserve’s education centre is demonstrating how to grow nutritious food with very little water or chemical inputs.