Big 5 Monitoring, Conservation, Sustainable Living Big 5 Monitoring, Conservation, Sustainable Living Thabazimbi, Afrique du Sud LEO Africa
Give your contribution towards wildlife monitoring & conservation and learn a lot about nature, park management and anti-poaching while living a lifetime experience!

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LEO Africa is a wildlife monitoring, conservation & sustainable living volunteer project based in Limpopo, South Africa. Come join us and live a truly African experience!

Limpopo Eco Operations (LEO) Africa, is based in a spectacular private section of the Marakele National Park in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. The park is heart of the spectacular Waterberg Mountain range, one of the eldest mountains in the world.

LEO Africa project began in 2005, to assist the reserve in monitoring the lions that were re-introduced. With the years, the project expanded its range of operations, and currently, we are responsible for the monitoring of the key species (Big 5, cheetahs, hyenas) and a great part of conservation work for the Marataba section of the Marakele National Park. Alongside with this, we are very active in sustainable living and green energy. We educate our volunteers and people on the importance of putting the environment first, as without a healthy environment, wildlife (and humans) would not thrive.

Leo Africa's rangers and conservationists have years of field experience; we are very dedicated and passionate about real conservation and we strive to make a difference and educate people so that also the future generations can admire the beauties of nature and live on a healthy planet. The work we do links ecology with the practical aspects of running of a nature reserve, providing a rewarding and educational wildlife volunteer experience. Further, Leo Africa's conservation efforts are not only based on animals, but also on their environment, promoting and using green energy and material recycling.

LEO Africa offers a free service to the National Park Section in which we operate, and the solely way of funding our project is through the volunteers contribution. Without volunteers, we would not be able to do our work and the park would not have a dedicated team to monitor wildlife and assist with valuable conservation work.


Volunteer Program

LEO Africa conservation volunteer program provide vital monitoring services for this reserve.  The information is obtained through an intensive predator and wildlife monitoring program, which offers you, the volunteer, an opportunity to learn about and contribute to conservation in one of the most diverse wildlife reserves in South Africa.The data collected on the field and through camera traps is processed by our staff members to compile monthly reports for the park managers. The information gained is used to be able to evaluate the impact of the animals and to maintain balanced, stable, and sustainable ecosystems.

Reserve management in South Africa is a complex and evolving subject. It involves everything from ecology to road maintenance, from species reintroduction to alien plant removal. One of LEO's goals is to expose volunteers to the complicated subject of conservation in the 21st century.

The aim of the LEO Africa research project is to provide park wardens and ecologists with detailed information about wildlife within the Marataba section of the Marakele National Park as well as contributing with some active conservation work to keep a balanced eco-system. 

LEO Africa's volunteer wildlife monitoring and conservation programme records and monitors the movements, behaviour, numbers, kills, and interactions of the Big 5 and hyenas. This research will play a vital role in the management of park section and possibly the data analysed could be used to compare these eco-systems with other conservation areas throughout South Africa.

Where are we?

LEO Africa is located in the Marataba Section of the Marakele National Park, in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains, as its Tswana name suggests, has become a 'place of sanctuary' for an impressive variety of wildlife due to its location in the transitional zone between the dry western and moister eastern regions of South Africa.

Contrasting majestic mountain landscapes, grass-clad hills and deep valleys characterize the park. Rare finds of yellowwood and cedar trees, five metre high cycads and tree ferns, are some of the plant species found here. All the large game species from elephant and rhino to the big cats as well as an amazing variety of birds including what’s probably the largest colony of endangered Cape vultures (more than 800 breeding pairs) in the world, have settled here.

We are located in a malaria-free area, just four hours drive from Johannesburg.

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2005
Contact
Sabrina Colombo
Sabrina Colombo
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Social Impact

LEO Africa is a wildlife monitoring and conservation volunteer project located on the Marataba Section of the Marakele National Park. Our mission is to help and provide the Park Section Management with relevant information about key species on the park, such as lion, elephant, cheetah, black and white rhino, hyena, leopard and buffalo as well as help with park conservation and veterinary operations. We are the only monitoring facility of the park making our work vital for the management of the Park Section. LEO Africa provides a free service to the park and the only way to be able to conduct our work is thanks to the volunteer contribution on three different aspects: in the field, at base and financially. Without LEO Africa, the park won't have anyone to specifically monitor wildlife and assist with conservation work.

Fight against rhino poaching

LEO Africa is active in the fight against rhino poaching.We try our best to improve the living condition of the anti-poaching(AP)teams operating on the reserve so that they can better perform on the field. We have been raising a lot of donations from our volunteers/sponsors that we give to the AP for themselves and their families. Leo Africa's aim is to educate volunteers and local communities on topics such as conservation/reserve management/rhino poaching. 

Conservation

Our conservation efforts are not only based on animals, but also on their environment, promoting and using green energy, material recycling and reducing as much as possible the use of plastic. Only with a healthy environment wildlife can strive and we can guarantee a good life to our and future generations. #ProtectTheHabitat

Solar panels: currently LEO Africa is using solar panels to produce adequate energy and electricity for the LEO office, volunteer/staff house and workshop. In addition, we have a solar water pump and geyser to produce hot water. Our plan for the future is to install more solar panels to use only 100% green energy.

Water usage: the LEO Africa Team is trying to educate all the volunteers about the importance of water as a non-renewable resource and as a consequence not to waste it. We encourage people to take short showers, to wash the dishes by filling the sink with water (no running water), to close the tap while brushing teeth, and to use the washing machine only with a full load of washing.

Going Plastic Free!: We are aware that in our society plastic is used a lot, but we all must do our best, with dedication, to try to reduce its usage by paying attention to the items we buy and their packaging. Plastic has really harmful consequences on wildlife and ecosystems. LEO Africa tries to be very careful about plastic consumption, avoiding it any time it is possible to do so. Start at home as well! Together, we can make a difference.

Vegetable garden: In the effort to reduce plastic consumption and have organic food, we are growing our vegetables. 

Bottled Tree Project

At LEO Africa, we really care about the planet and its fauna and flora. That's why we thought to launch a project: the LEO AFRICA Bottled Tree Project. For every plastic bottle used, we will plant an indigenous tree seed in it, to create a big nursery and once the trees will have reached a good size, we will sell them to nurseries (the money earned will be put in the fund for anti-poaching/monitoring efforts), plant them in gardens, roads or whenever people or reserves would require them.

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