Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed,
citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever
has. - Bertrand Russell.
The aim of the APES/Umpalazi: Combined Community & Wildlife
Project is to incorporate local community upliftment, including skills
training, environmental education and aid work; with the rehabilitation
of injured and/or orphaned wildlife for future release and monitoring
and will also be a sanctuary for other displaced animals.
The APES /Umpalazi: Community and Wildlife Project is set on a breathtaking
18,000 acres, in the South African bush, Umpalazi is bursting with potential;
both as a home and as a future refuge for wildlife.
Both projects border a future Big 5 Game Reserve that will one day compare
with Kruger National Park, without being over-commercialized. It is situated
approximately 17 kms from an old established town, called Greytown in the
midlands of Kwazulu/Natal, yet is secluded amongst the magic of nature.
The APES/Umpalazi: Community & Wildlife Project endeavors to provide
skills training for local rural Zulu community members. This is carried
out with the help of volunteers who
help train local community members, whilst transforming Umpalazi's facilities
as a wildlife sanctuary. This is a joint project with the Animal
Protection and Environmental Sanctuary (A.P.E.S.) as co-founders, Dawn
Magowan and Rodney Pendleton, will be releasing certain wildlife
at Umpalazi when possible. and to get volunteers involved with wildlife
conservation. APES focuses on the rehabilitation of primates (primarily
the South African Vervet Monkey - Cercopithecus aethiops) and other wildlife,
and are committed to community upliftment and environmental education.
The APES/Umpalazi: Community & Wildlife Project also carries
out snare/trap clearing game counts; bird watching and maintenance
of the non- releasable vervet monkeys snd others by creating 'feeding
stations' when necessary (to supplement the diet of the nearby wild
vervet monkeys due to their continued loss of habitat; this eliminates
the need for the primates to steal food, an act which could result in their
death at human hands). We also supply information verbal and other
to the general public who seek advise in regard to so called vervet
monkey problems in the urban areas.
There are also opportunities for volunteers to assist at nearby rural Zulu
schools (environmental education etc.), to help local AIDS workers, and
to participate in an up-coming project involving more intensive snare/trap
clearing in forest plantations, invasive weed removal and other environmental
NB:Since the project was formed Umpalazi
has been badly vandalised and will be a very long term project , funds
permitting we hope to restore it, never having had access
to electricity, we hope to install solar and or gas facilities enabling
people to stay there and will provide for a more friendly
N.B APES & Umpalazi have now combined totally due
to the Founder Dani of Umpalazi being unable to continue a separate
website due to the expense running the website For information regarding
this merger please contact Dawn direct on firstname.lastname@example.org or
visit the website www.apes.org.za
Help us make a difference by donating today.
The APES/Umpalazi Project can provide a future for both community and
wildlife thanks to its generous donors.
Your donation will go towards transforming and maintaining APES/Umpalazi
as a wildlife sanctuary whilst providing employment and skills training
to local Zulu people.
You can fundraise for
our cause or donate directly, ultimately you will be providing a future
for both domestic animals and wildlife.
We also gratefully accept in-kind donations, large or small. Please
see our appeals for more information; or you may even want to purchase
something from our online store at CafePress.
Please direct all ‘Donations’ and/or ‘Volunteer
Fees’ to the following:
(please let us know if you have/intend to send cheques/money,
can be posted to:
Box 443 GREYTOWN 3250, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Community & Wildlife Project sends
out an appeal for the following:
- Financial or otherwise will be gratefully accepted.
- For daily expenses-food, medicines, maintenance and administration
- Please visit our Donate page
for ways to donate.
- Or visit our online store at Cafepress where
a portion of the price is donated to Umpalazi, and your use of the
products on sale is a form of advertising.
- i.e. poles, shade cloth, food, food containers, steel tables, old
- Building, transport, veterinary etc.
Building & Renovation materials
Gas/Solar/Battery powered appliances/equipment
- fridge/freezer; generator; car battery; stove/oven; microwave; solar
panels; gas bottles etc.
Fencing & Caging materials
- to build releasement wildlife enclosures etc.
Paint & Restoration materials etc.
THANK YOU TO...
The following are helping to make the APES/Umpalazi: Community & Wildlife
Project a success with their generous help, support or donations:
- Chief Nkosi M. Zondi his family and local community. (allowing
us to use Umpalazi for our community and wildlife project)
- Dawn Magowan and Rodney Pendleton (co-founding, inspiring and
organising the Umpalazi Project)
- Mr. Chris Bagot and students of 'Galvin Park Secondary College' (Australia) (raised
enough money for Umpalazi to buy a generator)
- Kimberley Bagot (designed the wonderful Umpalazi Logo)
- Volunteer Opportunity Listing Providers (i.e. Green Volunteers, Idealist,
Travel Tree, Go Abroad, Stop Dodo, Wiser Earth, My Roho, You
Go Do, Animal Jobs etc.) (helping get the word out about Umpalazi
and recruit invaluable volunteers)
- CafePress (allowing us to set up a free fundraising online store,
where a portion of the price is donated to Umpalazi)