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Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (Ezemvelo) is the provincial agency mandated to carry out biodiversity conservation and associated activities in the province of KwaZulu-Natal in the Republic of South Africa.

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (Ezemvelo) was created as a result of the sweeping changes of the new democratic South Africa.

The organisation as a whole is the off-spring of a merger between two conservation bodies: the former Natal Parks Board, which was formed in 1947 and whose antecedents go back into colonial times; and the former KwaZulu Directorate of Nature Conservation, which was formed in 1972 to manage the nature conservation requirements of the apartheid-era “homeland” of KwaZulu.

Following the democratic elections in 1994, both organisations negotiated a mutual amalgamation that resulted in the formation of the KwaZulu-Natal Nature Conservation Board with its operational body being Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.

It has drawn on the rich heritage and experience of organised conservation in this region of over 100 years, and must embrace the opportunities and challenges of its future as one of the newest African biodiversity conservation agencies.
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Primary Focus
The primary focus of the organisation is biodiversity conservation - the management of 110 protected areas as well the overseeing of provincial nature conservation legislation and its associated regulations. A secondary, but nevertheless vital aspect, is the management of the largest eco-tourism operation in South Africa.

Core Business

Our core business rests on three pillars: Conservation, Partnerships and Ecotourism.

Conservation is our primary focus, and we strive to ensure effective conservation and sustainable use of KwaZulu-Natal’s biodiversity in collaboration with stakeholders for the benefit of present and future generations.

It is our goal to elevate Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife to a point where we can be placed amongst world leaders in the field of biodiversity conservation.
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