Colchester Zoo’s UmPhafa Reserve in South Africa is home to hundreds of animals all of which are protected by a team of dedicated staff who patrol the land and monitor their wellbeing on a daily basis.

The team come up against many challenges whilst working on the land, from fire to drought and poachers, which have recently caused problems once again in the area.

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The rangers spend much of their day patrolling the boundaries of UmPhafa and staff were quick to respond when it was reported in early January that poachers were hunting in the area. As the intruders spotted the rangers they quickly moved out but unfortunately it does appear they had managed to take one of the warthogs from UmPhafa whilst on the land.

The unfortunate incident is not uncommon across South Africa and other local reserve’s and farms continue to work together to alert one another and keep trespassers off their land however it is an ongoing battle which is increasing.

If you would like to support the work of our team at UmPhafa Reserve and help those to continue their vital monitoring of local species then please click here to find out how you can help. 

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