Endangered Species Day 17th May, 2019

It’s about more than the Rhino ... one million animal and plant species are under threat! Endangered Species Day is celebrated on the 17th May and is an opportunity to highlight the importance of protecting endangered animal and plant species. Morukuru Family is built on principles of conservation and we are committed to everyday actions to help protect our natural environment. A 2019 report by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (a United Nations Environment Programme which includes representatives from 132 countries) says that one million animal and plant species are under threat because of humans who are “ eroding the very foundations of our economies; livelihood; food security; health and quality of life worldwide.'' This is pretty damning! So what are we doing about it? Morukuru Family is set within the Madikwe Game Reserve which is regarded as one of the best conservation areas in Africa. The reserve is over 76 000 ha in size and The Morukuru Goodwill Foundation ( MGWF) is actively involved in rhino anti-poaching initiatives and the rhino notching programme, as well as other ongoing conservation programmes. Morukuru Ocean House and Morukuru Beach Lodge are both located in the De Hoop Nature Reserve which is 34 000 hectares of protected area and a World Heritage Site. The neighbouring marine reserve, which extends 5km out to sea, is one of the largest marine protected areas in Africa. De Hoop Nature Reserve has the largest conserved area of lowland fynbos in the Western Cape with an estimated 1500 species which are crucial to sustain the inhabitants of the area such as the African Black Oystercatcher which is a Near Threatened species. The numbers of African Black Oystercatchers are on the rise due to the efforts of the Oystercatcher Conservation Programme. Although Endangered Species Day draws attention to the outstanding work of the MGWF in Madikwe and the Oystercatcher Conservation Programme in De Hoop, we must not lose sight of ongoing efforts to protect our natural habitat. Climate change, the introduction of invasive species, overharvesting and pollution all contribute to the endangerment of animal and plant species. We recognise this and all our properties focus on putting limited pressure on natural resources. These efforts mean other plant and animal species remain off the already extensive list of endangered species...for now.