– Staff Members based at the Reserve –

Nkosinathi Mbhele, Somkhanda Reserve Manager

“I am happy to be part of this amazing initiative that has been brought to uplift our community and it will allow me to save the treasure (our animals) of our country. I couldn’t have asked for a better job. I am happy to do the job that allows me to give back to the community and save the community’s heritage and that has been something I have always wanted. Look at me now, I am fulfilling my passion. Working in the reserve allows me to assist in helping the endangered animals, especially the rhino’s. The Wildlands Rhino Projects are amazing and keep me motivated to wake up every morning because I know I am working for a good cause, and the Gumbi community is also happy to be part of this initiative.”

Field Ranger

“I never ever thought that I could work in a reserve – because of the stereotype that every animal is dangerous. But when Wildlands came and implemented this project in our community I knew that this was my opportunity to rise and work for a project that is uplifting and bringing infrastructure in my community I even forgot about my fears. Being a field ranger has taught me to care for animals and treat them in a respectful manner and not harm them. If I had not worked at the reserve I wouldn’t have had this knowledge.”

L to R: Field Rangers – Dlokwakhe Gumbi, Botsotso Gumbi (profile featured), Skhumbuzo Dlamini and Bhekumuzi Masondo.

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