RESTORED  PROTECTED  PRESERVED  WILD

Zuka Private Game Reserve is the cornerstone property of a pioneering land assembly founded by Tara and Jessica Getty in 2001. Today, this progressive rewilding project has thus far expanded to 10,300 hectares of environmentally restored and protected northern Zululand and stands as a beacon of light as to what is possible on our planet.

1990 – The Beginning of the Story

 “Caring for wilderness, wildlife and people is multifaceted. There are many models. This is ours.”

~ TARA GETTY ~

 “Caring for wilderness, wildlife and people is multifaceted. There are many models. This is ours.”

~ TARA GETTY ~

Where we are

Zuka Private Game Reserve is 10,300 hectares of the Munywana Conservancy, a formal Protected Area bordering a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northern KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

Zuka Private Game Reserve’s proximity to the Indian Ocean, and the Lebombo Mountains creates dramatic topography with varied geology and soils from the ancient sea bed and historic volcanic activity; in turn supporting an array of habitats and vast biodiversity.

Map of the countries of Africa and where Zuka Private Game Reserve lies
VISION

For a big cat, these predators are actually vulnerable themselves, particularly to lion or leopard but are well designed to survive. 

Their eyes and black tear marks streaking their faces are designed and calibrated perfectly to see distances with maximum binocular vision as they keep alert and watchful for threats or prey.

#Cheetah 
#BigCatsOfAfrica 
#Predators
#AfricanSavannah
#Safari
#ThisIsZuka
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#NaturePhotography
#SouthAfrica

VISION

For a big cat, these predators are actually vulnerable themselves, particularly to lion or leopard but are well designed to survive.

Their eyes and black tear marks streaking their faces are designed and calibrated perfectly to see distances with maximum binocular vision as they keep alert and watchful for threats or prey.

#Cheetah
#BigCatsOfAfrica
#Predators
#AfricanSavannah
#Safari
#ThisIsZuka
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#NaturePhotography
#SouthAfrica
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BIODIVERSITY

Biodiversity is the variety of all forms of life on earth – this meaning so simple, yet profound.  
 
It is essential in every system that supports life on earth - including ours!
 
Today, on the International Day for Biological Diversity, it’s good to remind ourselves of the intelligence of the natural world that generously supports us.
 
@unesco

#InternationalDayForBiologicalDiversity
#Biodiversity
#Ecosystems
#Biomes
#Nature
#Intelligence
#ThisIsZuka
#GettyAsterism
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#Legacy
#Coexistence
#SouthAfrica

BIODIVERSITY

Biodiversity is the variety of all forms of life on earth – this meaning so simple, yet profound.  
 
It is essential in every system that supports life on earth - including ours!
 
Today, on the International Day for Biological Diversity, it’s good to remind ourselves of the intelligence of the natural world that generously supports us.
 
@unesco

#InternationalDayForBiologicalDiversity
#Biodiversity
#Ecosystems
#Biomes
#Nature
#Intelligence
#ThisIsZuka
#GettyAsterism
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#Legacy
#Coexistence
#SouthAfrica
...

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PACHYDERM

Noun:  
 
A very large mammal with thick skin.
 
This wonderful term of Greek origin, pakhus (thick) and dermas (skin) is particular to elephant, rhinoceros, hippopotamus.

We love pachyderms!

#Pachyderm
#Elephant
#Rhino
#Hippo
#Mammals
#Protected
#Wild
#Safari
#ThisIsAfrica

PACHYDERM

Noun:  
 
A very large mammal with thick skin.
 
This wonderful term of Greek origin, pakhus (thick) and dermas (skin) is particular to elephant, rhinoceros, hippopotamus.

We love pachyderms!

#Pachyderm
#Elephant
#Rhino
#Hippo
#Mammals
#Protected
#Wild
#Safari
#ThisIsAfrica
...

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ESSENTIAL

As a keystone species, bees are vital for plant reproduction and therefore the survival of all organisms that rely on plants, including humans!

Essential to our planet as the greatest pollinators, bee colonies find plenty of trees to nest in here on Zuka Private Game Reserve and we also provide hives across the reserve.

Critical to biodiversity, these tiny heroes give us a harvest of delicious honey which we insist you try!

#Bees
#KeyStoneSpecies
#Honey
#Gettyasterism
#Ecology
#Wildplaces
#ThisIsZuka
#SouthAfrica

ESSENTIAL

As a keystone species, bees are vital for plant reproduction and therefore the survival of all organisms that rely on plants, including humans!

Essential to our planet as the greatest pollinators, bee colonies find plenty of trees to nest in here on Zuka Private Game Reserve and we also provide hives across the reserve.

Critical to biodiversity, these tiny heroes give us a harvest of delicious honey which we insist you try!

#Bees
#KeyStoneSpecies
#Honey
#Gettyasterism
#Ecology
#Wildplaces
#ThisIsZuka
#SouthAfrica
...

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OUR COASTLINE

Zuka Private Game Reserve is situated a little drive away from the Indian Ocean coastline, where one of the top ten dive destinations in the world is available to us. Here we find coral reefs with more than 1,200 species of fish as well as the underwater seascapes of diverse marine flora and fauna.

Our coastline is also home to the Coelacanth.  Thought to have become extinct 66 million years ago (!) they were discovered in the deep Jesser Canyon offshore from Sodwana Bay in 1938 and again in more recent years. 

Requiring a little less experience and courage, snorkelling and diving with huge pods of the adorable Bottlenose dolphins that patrol up and down our coastline is the joy zone! 

We love the ocean and Zuka’s proximity to it so through our @oceanfamilyfoundation we are thrilled to support the incredible @oceanswithoutborders programme. 💧🐙🐠🐳

#IndianOcean
#ThisIsZuka
#Dolphins
#CoralReefs
#Ocean
#Coastline
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#Safari
#SouthAfrica
#MarinePhotography
#WildlifePhotography
#YourShotPhotographer

OUR COASTLINE

Zuka Private Game Reserve is situated a little drive away from the Indian Ocean coastline, where one of the top ten dive destinations in the world is available to us. Here we find coral reefs with more than 1,200 species of fish as well as the underwater seascapes of diverse marine flora and fauna.

Our coastline is also home to the Coelacanth. Thought to have become extinct 66 million years ago (!) they were discovered in the deep Jesser Canyon offshore from Sodwana Bay in 1938 and again in more recent years.

Requiring a little less experience and courage, snorkelling and diving with huge pods of the adorable Bottlenose dolphins that patrol up and down our coastline is the joy zone!

We love the ocean and Zuka’s proximity to it so through our @oceanfamilyfoundation we are thrilled to support the incredible @oceanswithoutborders programme. 💧🐙🐠🐳

#IndianOcean
#ThisIsZuka
#Dolphins
#CoralReefs
#Ocean
#Coastline
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#Safari
#SouthAfrica
#MarinePhotography
#WildlifePhotography
#YourShotPhotographer
...

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BIG CATS

Close up or at a distance - these are big cats.  Their teeth, scars, paws, muscles, power, roar, attitude, speed, agility, territories, reputations and the impression they have on you; everything about them is BIG!

#Lion
#Leopard
#Cheetah
#UpClose
#ThisIsZuka
#WildlifePhotography
#BigCatsOfAfrica
#Yourshotphotographer
#Wildlife
#textureshot 
#LeopardPrint
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#Africa

BIG CATS

Close up or at a distance - these are big cats. Their teeth, scars, paws, muscles, power, roar, attitude, speed, agility, territories, reputations and the impression they have on you; everything about them is BIG!

#Lion
#Leopard
#Cheetah
#UpClose
#ThisIsZuka
#WildlifePhotography
#BigCatsOfAfrica
#Yourshotphotographer
#Wildlife
#textureshot
#LeopardPrint
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#Africa
...

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VARIETY

This is certainly the theme that runs through any day, or any hour in the bush! 

#ThisIsZuka
#GetOutdoors
#BushLife
#Dawn 
#Safari
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild 
#Hippo
#Bees
#Sunrise
#Conservation 
#Nature
#Discoveries
#Adventure
#SouthAfrica

VARIETY

This is certainly the theme that runs through any day, or any hour in the bush!

#ThisIsZuka
#GetOutdoors
#BushLife
#Dawn
#Safari
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#Hippo
#Bees
#Sunrise
#Conservation
#Nature
#Discoveries
#Adventure
#SouthAfrica
...

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PANGOLIN

Conservation success stories continued! 

The gorgeous ground pangolin (Temminks pangolin) lived here until the 1940s when it became locally extinct.  Becoming the most poached and illegally trafficked mammal in the world is a title pangolins unfortunately still hold.

However, with collaboration and much detailed work, from rescues and rehabilitation to reintroduction on the reserve, these curious, gentle and adorable creatures are now, once again, roaming and thriving here!

The pressure is not off this species by any means, but there is so much proactive work to protect pangolins and we are thrilled to be a part of that! 

#Legacy
#Pangolin
#TemmincksPangolin
#Rehabilitation 
#Reintroduction 
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#Nature
#ConservationSuccessStories
#Wildlife
#SouthAfrica
#Yourshotphotographer

PANGOLIN

Conservation success stories continued!

The gorgeous ground pangolin (Temminks pangolin) lived here until the 1940s when it became locally extinct. Becoming the most poached and illegally trafficked mammal in the world is a title pangolins unfortunately still hold.

However, with collaboration and much detailed work, from rescues and rehabilitation to reintroduction on the reserve, these curious, gentle and adorable creatures are now, once again, roaming and thriving here!

The pressure is not off this species by any means, but there is so much proactive work to protect pangolins and we are thrilled to be a part of that!

#Legacy
#Pangolin
#TemmincksPangolin
#Rehabilitation
#Reintroduction
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#Nature
#ConservationSuccessStories
#Wildlife
#SouthAfrica
#Yourshotphotographer
...

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LEOPARD

As a founding member of the Munywana Conservancy – an assembly of protected land and reserves with shared practices – Zuka Private Game Reserve was part of the Munywana Leopard Project carried out over a 10 year period by the NGO @pantheracats

As a result of this important and extensive research, legislation for hunting permits was changed for the better and as a result of THAT, we are seeing a growing, relaxed population. 

Leopard roam freely in Africa, and fences that are boundaries for most animals, are totally porous for this species, so viewing more of them and now, multiple generations, is testament to the wellness of our reserve.

Today is their day!

#InternationalLeopardDay

If you are a little more curious about this, you can go to zuka.earth (link in bio)and head to OUR STORY!

#Leopard
#ConservationSuccessStories
#Haven
#Protected
#Preserved
#Restored
#Wild
#BigCatsOfAfrica
#Optimism
#ThisIsZuka
#SouthAfrica

LEOPARD

As a founding member of the Munywana Conservancy – an assembly of protected land and reserves with shared practices – Zuka Private Game Reserve was part of the Munywana Leopard Project carried out over a 10 year period by the NGO @pantheracats

As a result of this important and extensive research, legislation for hunting permits was changed for the better and as a result of THAT, we are seeing a growing, relaxed population.

Leopard roam freely in Africa, and fences that are boundaries for most animals, are totally porous for this species, so viewing more of them and now, multiple generations, is testament to the wellness of our reserve.

Today is their day!

#InternationalLeopardDay

If you are a little more curious about this, you can go to zuka.earth (link in bio)and head to OUR STORY!

#Leopard
#ConservationSuccessStories
#Haven
#Protected
#Preserved
#Restored
#Wild
#BigCatsOfAfrica
#Optimism
#ThisIsZuka
#SouthAfrica
...

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WILD FEAST 

Where the day ends but being in the wild doesn’t! 

Okumnandi!

Bon appétit!

#BushDinner
#FireFood
#Firelight
#LanternLight
#Tablescapes
#Okumnandi
#StoryTelling
#BushLiving
#Africa
#Safaristyle
#Moonlight
#Starlight
#AfricanSkies
#NightSounds

WILD FEAST

Where the day ends but being in the wild doesn’t!

Okumnandi!

Bon appétit!

#BushDinner
#FireFood
#Firelight
#LanternLight
#Tablescapes
#Okumnandi
#StoryTelling
#BushLiving
#Africa
#Safaristyle
#Moonlight
#Starlight
#AfricanSkies
#NightSounds
...

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RHINO CONSERVATION

Dehorning rhino is a successful conservation practice that we carry out here on Zuka Private Game Reserve and across the wider Munywna Conservancy.

Starting this process airborn,  @heligistix navigate the reserve with the wildlife vet to carefully identify and dart the rhino before landing to carry out the painless procedure and often, this provides opportunity for the research team and data collection.  The horn is taken off the reserve and this measure, along with additional security systems, is proving to be a strong deterrent for illegal poaching.

#RhinoConservation
#Protected
#Preserved
#WildlifePhotography
#NatureConservation
#Collaboration
#ConservationSuccessStories
#Biodiversity
#Optimists
#BBCWildlifePOTD
#NiFFeature
#Yourshotphotographer
#Venueearth
#OurHornIsNotMedicine
#Unitedforwildlife

RHINO CONSERVATION

Dehorning rhino is a successful conservation practice that we carry out here on Zuka Private Game Reserve and across the wider Munywna Conservancy.

Starting this process airborn, @heligistix navigate the reserve with the wildlife vet to carefully identify and dart the rhino before landing to carry out the painless procedure and often, this provides opportunity for the research team and data collection. The horn is taken off the reserve and this measure, along with additional security systems, is proving to be a strong deterrent for illegal poaching.

#RhinoConservation
#Protected
#Preserved
#WildlifePhotography
#NatureConservation
#Collaboration
#ConservationSuccessStories
#Biodiversity
#Optimists
#BBCWildlifePOTD
#NiFFeature
#Yourshotphotographer
#Venueearth
#OurHornIsNotMedicine
#Unitedforwildlife
...

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CHANGING PERSPECTIVE

This is the intention of International Hyena Day today given that hyenas don’t seem to garner the greatest reputation or quite enough love! 

As one of sub-Saharan Africa’s apex predators, hyenas are well adapted to their role in the system, particularly as scavengers, cleaning up after other predators to prevent the spread of disease.  As always, nature’s organisation is perfect! 

#Hyena
#WorldHyenaDay
#SpottedHyena
#Biodiversity
#WildlifeConservation 
#Protected
#NiFFeature
#Yourshotphotographer
#Bestnatureshots
#Venueearth

CHANGING PERSPECTIVE

This is the intention of International Hyena Day today given that hyenas don’t seem to garner the greatest reputation or quite enough love!

As one of sub-Saharan Africa’s apex predators, hyenas are well adapted to their role in the system, particularly as scavengers, cleaning up after other predators to prevent the spread of disease. As always, nature’s organisation is perfect!

#Hyena
#WorldHyenaDay
#SpottedHyena
#Biodiversity
#WildlifeConservation
#Protected
#NiFFeature
#Yourshotphotographer
#Bestnatureshots
#Venueearth
...

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TIMING

@its_jamie_lucas captures the last light on this family group as they come to drink.

#Lioness
#LionCubs
#LionPride
#MotherLove
#WildlifePhotographer
#CaptureTheMoment
#ThisIsZuka
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#BigCatsofAfrica
#BBCWildlifePOTD
#NiFFeature
#Yourshotphotographer
#Venueearth
#Conservation
#Biodiversity
#SouthAfrica

TIMING

@its_jamie_lucas captures the last light on this family group as they come to drink.

#Lioness
#LionCubs
#LionPride
#MotherLove
#WildlifePhotographer
#CaptureTheMoment
#ThisIsZuka
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#BigCatsofAfrica
#BBCWildlifePOTD
#NiFFeature
#Yourshotphotographer
#Venueearth
#Conservation
#Biodiversity
#SouthAfrica
...

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MOTHER EARTH 

Today is International Mother Earth Day, established in 2009 by the United Nations General Assembly.

We would love you to consider this idea: perhaps every day is Mother Earth Day?!
🧡🌾

#MotherEarthDay
#earthday2024 
#UnitedNations
#ThisIsZuka
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#naturelovers 
#WildlifeConservation
#Biodiversity
#Ecosystems
#Wildlife
#Optimism
#ConservationSuccessStories
#EarthshotCapeTown
#PlanetEarth
#Gaia
#Venueearth

MOTHER EARTH

Today is International Mother Earth Day, established in 2009 by the United Nations General Assembly.

We would love you to consider this idea: perhaps every day is Mother Earth Day?!
🧡🌾

#MotherEarthDay
#earthday2024
#UnitedNations
#ThisIsZuka
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#naturelovers
#WildlifeConservation
#Biodiversity
#Ecosystems
#Wildlife
#Optimism
#ConservationSuccessStories
#EarthshotCapeTown
#PlanetEarth
#Gaia
#Venueearth
...

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THE ART OF TRACKING

….. noticing the marks and language in all forms, subtle signs and nuances, while considering behaviours and patterns and listening….

Layer this up with practice, gain knowledge, build the story, and have the confidence to move forwards, stepping into an unknown where you will undoubtedly find something special; could this be a definition of tracking?

#Tracking
#Trackers
#ArtForm
#Signs
#Wisdom
#BushSkills
#BushKnowledge
#LeopardTracks
#Learning
#Legacy
#Conservation
#Wilderness
#Wildlife 
#Walking
#Wildcats
#Landscapes
#Spiritualrewilding
#Guesswhere’s
#NaturalWorld
#Africa
#Leopard

THE ART OF TRACKING

….. noticing the marks and language in all forms, subtle signs and nuances, while considering behaviours and patterns and listening….

Layer this up with practice, gain knowledge, build the story, and have the confidence to move forwards, stepping into an unknown where you will undoubtedly find something special; could this be a definition of tracking?

#Tracking
#Trackers
#ArtForm
#Signs
#Wisdom
#BushSkills
#BushKnowledge
#LeopardTracks
#Learning
#Legacy
#Conservation
#Wilderness
#Wildlife
#Walking
#Wildcats
#Landscapes
#Spiritualrewilding
#Guesswhere’s
#NaturalWorld
#Africa
#Leopard
...

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“Courage is the measure of our heartfelt participation with life, with another, with a community, a work; a future.”

~ DAVID WHYTE ~

“Courage is the measure of our heartfelt participation with life, with another, with a community, a work; a future.”

~ DAVID WHYTE ~