Conservation

Lottoland is an active player in the conservation space across South Africa.

Lottoland Conservation aims to make a meaningful contribution to addressing human/wildlife conflict by offering a strategic, business-minded focus with practical solutions and implementation that are set to refine the approach to conservation issues on hand.
In support of various conservation initiatives, Lottoland provides funding to a number of research projects, wildlife reserves and sanctuaries, including anti-poaching operations in the quest to protect rhino, pangolin, elephant and other vulnerable species.

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Lottoland SA supports various conservation initiatives that include research projects, anti-poaching initiatives and programmes to help protect and preserve wildlife and natural resources. Lottoland Conservation works behind the scenes and takes a grassroots approach, combined with utilising technology to bring solutions to human/wildlife conflict points that are known as some of the biggest threats to our wildlife.
Socio-economic pressures force residents of communities adjacent to nature reserves to resort to poaching antelopes for their meat, rhinos for their horn, and pangolins for their scales. With rhino horns fetching up to US$400,000 per kg and pangolin scales around US$5,000 per kg, poaching has become a lucrative business for organised criminal syndicates.
South Africa is home to the majority of the world’s rhino population and here conservation efforts since the early 1900’s, have been instrumental in preventing the species from becoming extinct. Reserves spend astronomical amounts of money on security and anti-poaching units, but they also have to revert to some controversial methods such as rhino dehorning, to discourage poachers from targeting their reserves.
Lottoland Conservation has been involved since 2020 in supporting various reserves across South Africa in their anti-poaching efforts, including Kwandwe and Phinda.
It provided funding to the Beyond Habitat team of the Munyawana Conservancy in Northern KwaZulu Natal to procure equipment, fund critical procedures, and sponsor tracking devices.
The Munyawana Conservancy is surrounded by five prominent Zulu communities, which unfortunately amplify the potential for human/wildlife conflict in and around the reserve. Cattle has symbolic and material importance to most rural communities in Southern Africa and one of the biggest threats to any conservation effort is the transmission of diseases from livestock and domestic animals bordering the reserve. In 2022 Lottoland SA started funding a pilot project with the aim of vaccinating livestock within the Mthetwa Clan in Kwazulu-Natal. Lottoland SA also stepped in and partnered with the Munyawana Conservancy to enter into discussion with the known poachers to convert them to free-running, anti-poaching dog units.
Other projects funded by Lottoland Conservation include the collaring of herd elephants to assist ecologists with researching the migration patterns of these animals in the reserve; and the rehabilitation and reintroduction of pangolins in the wild, which have been confiscated in the illegal wildlife trade.

Videos

Cattle Vaccination Project

Rhino Conservation – Phinda

Rhino Conservation – Kwandwe

Anti Poaching – Kwandwe

Anti Poaching – Phinda

Pangolin Conservation

Elephant Conservation