Midlands Black Rhino Conservancy is a custodian of a very important crush of Black Rhinos. The sex ratios are 1:5 males and females respectively. Our rhinos are protected around the clock by a team of motivated and dedicated Rhino Monitors. Our highly trained scouts are the ones that double as data collectors, collecting foraging data as well as habitat utilization behaviours and other delegated field tasks. It is also worth mentioning that National Parks has approved our proposal to keep White Rhinos and we are making our final preparations to make sure that this project succeeds. MBRC is poised to be the next White Rhino Sanctuary.
This project aims at enumerating leopards and ascertaining the diet of leopards within the conservancy and the immediate surrounding communities. This will be achieved by creating a database of images and distinguishing individuals based on pelage pattern. Diet will be determined by analyzing scat composition under a microscope. Upon completion, this project will answer issues to do with livestock predation as prey composition will be quantified. With this project we hope to save this majestic cat from retaliatory killings by farmers. A citizen science approach is being used in communal areas were camera trapping and scat collection is being done with the help of keen youths within the community.
Over the last decade the conservancy has lost massive tracts of habitat through allocation of plots to new settlers and large scale alluvial chrome fines mining. New settlers have opened up fields and have brought in a significant amount of cattle and dogs. The mines also have cleared a significant amount of land and are poised to clear more. This project seeks to re-vegetate the mined areas with native vegetation so as to maintain the integrity of the White Rhino, Sable and Cheetah prime habitat. This project also offers a unique volunteer /internship opportunity. Contact Us
Sebakwe has one of the highest populations of sables in Zimbabwe. We estimate to have over 2000 sables within the conservancy. The sable population is increasing and the genetics are good. Herds exceeding 30+ are a normal thing in some spots within the conservancy. Our secret, suitable habitat and continuous research on the finer details of the sable country. Currently we have an ongoing Sable habitat suitability mapping project. Please Download maps here
Sebakwe Conservation & Education Centre (SCEC) is a non-profit organization, which was established by the Sebakwe Black Rhino Trust-UK. The SCEC is located adjacent the Midlands Black Rhino Conservancy and has 3 main Programmes through which it seeks to achieve its aims. These are the Sebakwe Environmental Education Program (SEEP); Making Conservation Make Sense (MCMS) and the Environment and Sustainability Research Program (ESRP).
We have had students and individuals from abroad serve as volunteers or as interns in the conservancy. MBRC has realized great results from this. Have we piqued your interest? If you are interested to further your career or just help, please contact us.
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