Long before humanity made its mark on the Little Karoo, a wide array of wildlife used to inhabit these vast plains. Through historical records and the application of sustainable innovation, Sanbona is steadily reintroducing animal species that once roamed the area to their natural habitat.
Our Wildlife Department runs this lengthy, ongoing process as continuous study and monitoring of the region is paramount to our success. Our goal is to achieve an ecological balance that will enable a self-sustaining ecosystem to thrive at Sanbona for years to come.
The highly elusive riverine rabbit is the 13th most endangered mammal globally. Our Wildlife Department continually monitors its formerly-dwindling population, sharing the information gained with CapeNature and the Endangered Wildlife Trust. The presence of a healthy riverine rabbit population on the reserve confirms the vital role played by the private sector in biodiversity conservation.
Desert and Southwestern Black Rhino
Since the very beginning, our reserve has been identified as the ideal reserve for reintroducing black rhino, in particular, the desert and southwestern subspecies. We’ve since successfully reintroduced both these species into our region after being extinct in the region for nearly 200 years, which will help protect this near-threatened species.