In February/March 2022, I joined African Impact in the Greater Kruger National Park area of South Africa to work in two conservation projects. First, to photograph big five species of wildlife to identify individual animals in a private reserve to enable the reserve to provide data to amalgamate with a neighbouring reserve for greater government protections. Second, to document the work of the organisation to rid the reserve of an invasive non-native cactus, the Queen of the Night. This was introduced from South America to be a natural barrier on land, to replace normal fencing. However, it takes so much from the soils in nutrients that it causes loss of native bushes and grass. Volunteers from African Impact work with the local community to cut down and remove this cactus in order to restore native vegetation and, therefore, give better conditions that are conducive to attracting and supporting wildlife.
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