|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
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.
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.
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
|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.