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iSimangaliso My Rhino, Our Future


Giving the youth a voice in the war against rhino poaching and seeking to create the next generation of wildlife ambassadors.

“iSimangaliso must be the only place on the globe where the oldest land mammal (the rhinoceros) and the world’s biggest terrestrial mammal (the elephant) share an ecosystem with the world’s oldest fish (the coelacanth) and the world’s biggest marine mammal (the whale).”

President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, 2001

iSimangaliso Wetland Park is South Africa’s first World Heritage Site. From Kosi Bay in the north, bordering Mozambique, to Maphelane, south of St Lucia, iSimangaliso is South Africa’s second largest protected area. The Park is home to the Big 5 (lion, rhino, leopard, elephant and buffalo) and many other animals.

Inspired by former President Nelson Mandela, iSimangaliso Authority is implementing an exciting community-wide rhino awareness programme in northern KwaZulu-Natal. The aim of the iSimangaliso My Rhino, Our Future programme is to involve youth in raising awareness for rhinos and their protection in iSimangaliso Wetland Park and South Africa. This exciting initiative allows youth to have a voice in the war against rhino poaching and seeks to create the next generation of wildlife ambassadors.