Modisa Wildlife Project

Modisa Wildlife Project's mission is inherent in its name, which means “guardian” in Tswana. It is Modisa's goal to act as advocates for the wildlife in Botswana.

About the Project

Modisa Wildlife Project was created by two passionate conservationists, Mikkel Legarth and Valentin Gruener, who wanted to create an authentic learning experience for people to make a difference in wildlife preservation and experience the habitat and culture in a close, personal way. 

Mikkel and Val met on a wildlife farm in Namibia in 2009, and their mutual love and passion for wildlife, especially big cats, was a catalyst for them to set up a wildlife project with an emphasis on creating a bond between people and the wilderness. By cooperating with leading researchers in Botswana, Modisa Wildlife Project has the unique opportunity to create positive changes in local communities which in turn will create a better understanding of and a brighter future for wildlife and the big cats of Botswana.

Based in the Kalahari ecosystem of Botswana, where diverse wildlife and breathtaking scenery blend harmoniously, Modisa Wildlife Project is ideal for those who want a "real" bushveld experience.

Game Reserve

Modisa Wildlife Project is located on the 25,000 acre Grassland reserve, thirty kilometres west of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR ) in Botswana. Grassland provides a beautiful landscape for Kalahari’s diverse wildlife. The wide open space and untamed wilderness provide ideal conditions for a wide range of animals to thrive. The space also offers incredible wildlife viewing.

Modisa Wildlife Project and the Grassland Safari Lodge are working together towards a common goal of protecting Botswana's big cats and surrounding wildlife.  Grassland is situated between many cattle farming areas, where the farmers are still allowed to shoot predators like big cats.  All the captive predators at the Modisa Wildlife Project were relocated out of farming areas around the reserve, after conflict with farmers protecting their livestock and property.  Rather than getting shot or poisoned, the predators were relocated to Modisa.  At Modisa, they are given the best possible life with as natural an environment as possible.  They have space to roam while they serve as "ambassadors" for educational and awareness purposes. Modisa’s long-term goal is to find suitable locations for these animals to be relocated and released. 

Modisa Wildlife Project runs exclusively on natural power, sustainable materials and products from local suppliers. 

Volunteer Experience

Modisa Wildlife Project has developed a unique volunteer program, allowing you and people from all over the world to get firsthand, real-life experience in the African bush. Whether you come to Modisa Wildlife Project for education or simply a holiday - it's a unique way to make a real difference. During your stay at Modisa Wildlife Project you will participate in a mix between day-to-day work on the farm and a variety of activities and lectures.

The Modisa Wildlife Project program offers a truly authentic learning experience for people who want to make a difference in wildlife preservation and experience the habitat and culture firsthand. 

Modisa Wildlife Project borders the buffer zone west of the Central Kalahari GAME Reserve (CKGR) - the second largest game reserve in the world and offers a spectacular diversity of wildlife and nature in an unspoiled ecosystem. Modisa Wildlife Project has developed a unique volunteer program, allowing you and other volunteers from all over the world to get a firsthand, real-life experience in the African bush and up-close encounters with some of the worlds most iconic animals.

Social Impact

Modisa Wildlife Project's mission is inherent in its name, which means “guardian” in the local language of Tswana.  It is Modisa's goal to act as advocates for the wildlife in Botswana. 

Modisa Wildlife Project's vision is to develop a sustainable project which can stop conflict and unite local farmers with wildlife.  During the past few decades, wildlife in Botswana has experienced a significant decline – a drop of more than 60 percent – caused by people taking over wild land, the decline of prey species, and poaching. Lack of attention to the problem locally and internationally has also contributed to this severe decline.  Modisa aims to use education and awareness campaigns to implement sustainable changes in the area.

Modisa Wildlife Project's goal is to act as guardians for the wildlife of Botswana and to inform the public about the Kalahari ecosystem. The program aims to promote the conservation of the Kalahari ecosystem by raising awareness both on global and local scales, providing support to researchers, and assisting in the mitigation of human-carnivore conflict. 

As a sustainable project, Modisa Wildlife Project can educate and implement awareness campaigns to invoke sustainable change in the area as well as provide logistical support to researchers conducting studies in the Kalahari region.

Foundation Year
2010
Contact Person
Mikkel Legarth
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