A MULTIFACETED ECOLOGY VENTURE

A MULTIFACETED ECOLOGY VENTURE

ABOUT

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Elephants walking at Sunset with golden landscape. Zuka Private Game Reserve

GUESTS

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Guest experience at Zuka Private Game Reserve

STUDENTS

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ACADEMIC

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Academic student experience. Research with Getty Asterism

In 2021, while celebrating 20 years of restoring, protecting and preserving the wild that is Zuka Private Game Reserve, Tara and Jessica created Getty Asterism.

By formalising the growing team, with their passion for the natural world and their extraordinary discoveries across the reserve, into a multifaceted ecology venture, Getty Asterism, our impact can evolve, ripple outwards and head into the future.

ZUKA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

RESEARCH

SCIENTISTS

OPPORTUNITY

SOLUTIONS

PLATFORM

THE TEAM

DR. ANNE
PANDRAUD

JEANRICK
JANSE VAN RENSBURG

Linokuhle Khanyile

LINOKUHLE
KHANYILE

CALLAN
MEYER

RESEARCH

Bird Ringing, a carefully designed, non-invasive research method, is carried out at intervals across the reserve.  It involves netting and the researchers gently handling birds while recording data including the species, sex, wing length and weight before placing a tiny, light metal ring on one leg with a reference code for future researchers, before releasing the bird minutes later.

With this minimal stress and disturbance, we generate a raft of information to monitor bird survival, populations, threatened species, breeding patterns and movements, over a long period of time.

It is a real treat to join the researchers and see different species up close! 

#Research
#GettyAsterism
#Birdlife
#Birdlife_sa
#Birdlifesouthafrica
#Birdlifephotography
#BirdRinging
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#ThisIsZuka
#ThisisAfrica

RESEARCH

Bird Ringing, a carefully designed, non-invasive research method, is carried out at intervals across the reserve. It involves netting and the researchers gently handling birds while recording data including the species, sex, wing length and weight before placing a tiny, light metal ring on one leg with a reference code for future researchers, before releasing the bird minutes later.

With this minimal stress and disturbance, we generate a raft of information to monitor bird survival, populations, threatened species, breeding patterns and movements, over a long period of time.

It is a real treat to join the researchers and see different species up close!

#Research
#GettyAsterism
#Birdlife
#Birdlife_sa
#Birdlifesouthafrica
#Birdlifephotography
#BirdRinging
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#ThisIsZuka
#ThisisAfrica
...

THANK YOU

To our first 5000 followers, (5,349 to be precise!) thank you for joining us here on Instagram! We’re so happy you’re enjoying the ride - there’s plenty more to come!🌅

Siyabonga!
Thank you!
Enkosi!
Gracias!
Merci!
Grazie!
Danke!
Bedankt!
Dankie!

PS - please educate us in saying thank you in more languages below! 🙏🏾🙏🏻

#ThisIsZuka
#Land
#Wildlife 
#Ocean
#GettyAsterism
#Legacy
#Inspired
#Gratitude

THANK YOU

To our first 5000 followers, (5,349 to be precise!) thank you for joining us here on Instagram! We’re so happy you’re enjoying the ride - there’s plenty more to come!🌅

Siyabonga!
Thank you!
Enkosi!
Gracias!
Merci!
Grazie!
Danke!
Bedankt!
Dankie!

PS - please educate us in saying thank you in more languages below! 🙏🏾🙏🏻

#ThisIsZuka
#Land
#Wildlife
#Ocean
#GettyAsterism
#Legacy
#Inspired
#Gratitude
...

ANNOUNCING

Africa Foundation is now WILD IMPACT!

More than 30 years of success has led to an exciting reality; Africa Foundation is impacting communities beyond Africa.

With work expanding beyond Africa into Asia and South America, it is time to reflect that in the name and to grow and deepen the global impact in partnership with &Beyond.

The brand changes but the proven methodology remains. 

WILD IMPACT embodies the shared purpose, of working collaboratively with partner communities and stakeholders, to conserve the wild places in which we operate, for generations to come. 

As Zuka Private Game Reserve, trustees and donors, our committed support and collaboration with WILD IMPACT is unwavering.

Empowering Communties.
Enabling Conservation.

The story continues!

#WildImpact
#TheJoyZone
#Community
#Conservation
#Landscapes
#Seascapes
#Wildlife
#Humankind
#Legacy
#HighVibes
#LeavingTheWorldABetterPlace
#LetTheAdventureBegin

ANNOUNCING

Africa Foundation is now WILD IMPACT!

More than 30 years of success has led to an exciting reality; Africa Foundation is impacting communities beyond Africa.

With work expanding beyond Africa into Asia and South America, it is time to reflect that in the name and to grow and deepen the global impact in partnership with &Beyond.

The brand changes but the proven methodology remains.

WILD IMPACT embodies the shared purpose, of working collaboratively with partner communities and stakeholders, to conserve the wild places in which we operate, for generations to come.

As Zuka Private Game Reserve, trustees and donors, our committed support and collaboration with WILD IMPACT is unwavering.

Empowering Communties.
Enabling Conservation.

The story continues!

#WildImpact
#TheJoyZone
#Community
#Conservation
#Landscapes
#Seascapes
#Wildlife
#Humankind
#Legacy
#HighVibes
#LeavingTheWorldABetterPlace
#LetTheAdventureBegin
...

WATER BODIES

Water is a constant topic of conversation when you are land custodians!  We are constantly treading a fine line between being dominated by too much or worrying about too little! 

Our herbivores and herds of grazers are dependent on nutritious grassy plains which also need to be well saturated in order for water to run, seep, drain and collect as natural water bodies, or into strategic catchments, which are crucial for the survival of hippos, crocodiles, fish, myriad birds and insect and of course for quenching the thirst of everyone else!

#Land
#Water
#Pans
#Dams
#SourceOfLife
#Hippo
#Crocodile
#Impala
#Savannah
#Birdlife
#Insects
#WildlifePhotography
#ThisIsZuka
#Landrover

WATER BODIES

Water is a constant topic of conversation when you are land custodians! We are constantly treading a fine line between being dominated by too much or worrying about too little!

Our herbivores and herds of grazers are dependent on nutritious grassy plains which also need to be well saturated in order for water to run, seep, drain and collect as natural water bodies, or into strategic catchments, which are crucial for the survival of hippos, crocodiles, fish, myriad birds and insect and of course for quenching the thirst of everyone else!

#Land
#Water
#Pans
#Dams
#SourceOfLife
#Hippo
#Crocodile
#Impala
#Savannah
#Birdlife
#Insects
#WildlifePhotography
#ThisIsZuka
#Landrover
...

INTO THE FOREST

Sand Forest is a rare type of habitat with only around 27,000 hectares left in the world.  We relish that we have pockets of this on Zuka Private Game Reserve, amounting to a total of 825 hectares within our wider Munywana Conservancy; a significant swathe of this very specific system. 

With the ancient ocean floor now the forest bed anchoring key tree species, these in turn gently hold endemic orchids that feed rare butterflies and hide elusive antelope or house the recently, newly identified species of spider, while attracting herds of elephant; the sand forest and its quiet, soft humidity, unequivocally breathes enchantment!

#SandForest
#RareHabitat
#Ecosystems
#Orchids
#Butterflies
#Spiders
#Suni
#Nyala
#Elephant
#Sunlight
#Ancient
#EnchantedForest
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#SouthAfrica

INTO THE FOREST

Sand Forest is a rare type of habitat with only around 27,000 hectares left in the world. We relish that we have pockets of this on Zuka Private Game Reserve, amounting to a total of 825 hectares within our wider Munywana Conservancy; a significant swathe of this very specific system.

With the ancient ocean floor now the forest bed anchoring key tree species, these in turn gently hold endemic orchids that feed rare butterflies and hide elusive antelope or house the recently, newly identified species of spider, while attracting herds of elephant; the sand forest and its quiet, soft humidity, unequivocally breathes enchantment!

#SandForest
#RareHabitat
#Ecosystems
#Orchids
#Butterflies
#Spiders
#Suni
#Nyala
#Elephant
#Sunlight
#Ancient
#EnchantedForest
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#SouthAfrica
...

TRULY ALIVE

Watching this lion pride just in front of Zuka House, this quote from Karen Blixen tingles through your being…. 

“You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions….”

#Lions 
#LionPride
#BushLife
#Safari
#ThisIsZuka
#ReturnToTheWild
#ThisIsAfrica
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#Inspired
#WildlifePhotography

TRULY ALIVE

Watching this lion pride just in front of Zuka House, this quote from Karen Blixen tingles through your being…. 

“You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions….”

#Lions
#LionPride
#BushLife
#Safari
#ThisIsZuka
#ReturnToTheWild
#ThisIsAfrica
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#Inspired
#WildlifePhotography
...

OCEAN TALKS

Wrapping up June with a look back at @boatinternational international Ocean Talks.
 
As Ocean Family Foundation, we sponsor this annual event.  We had an amazing evening listening to the speakers and we urge you to speed read here, AND to follow up on these incredible pioneers, creators, extraordinary individuals and their work!
 
- David Lang brilliantly explained and illustrated how amateur hobbyists play a critical role in scientific discovery: “I love start-ups - the amateurs are always the ones who find the future first…”
www.experiment.com
 
- Lily Barclay, co-founder of Ocean Family Foundation, @aplasticplanet AND @yachtsforscience gave us some hard facts, but with her buoyant optimism for action and solutions.

- Canadian filmmaker Matthieu Rytz brought an urgent and important environmental issue to light – a must watch is his latest documentary, 
Deep Rising.
 
- Award Winning French photographer and underwater explorer and researcher, Laurent Ballesta captivated the audience with his extraordinary photography at even more extraordinary ocean depths.  He educated us on his methodology for extended dive periods and showed us his discoveries, consistently at around 120 metres below the surface of the ocean, of stunning habitats and abundant scapes of marine fauna and flora.

#OceanTalks
#OceanFamilyFoundation
#BoatInternational
#Pioneers
#Creators
#MarineConservation
#Inspired

OCEAN TALKS

Wrapping up June with a look back at @boatinternational international Ocean Talks.
 
As Ocean Family Foundation, we sponsor this annual event.  We had an amazing evening listening to the speakers and we urge you to speed read here, AND to follow up on these incredible pioneers, creators, extraordinary individuals and their work!
 
- David Lang brilliantly explained and illustrated how amateur hobbyists play a critical role in scientific discovery: “I love start-ups - the amateurs are always the ones who find the future first…”
www.experiment.com
 
- Lily Barclay, co-founder of Ocean Family Foundation, @aplasticplanet AND @yachtsforscience gave us some hard facts, but with her buoyant optimism for action and solutions.

- Canadian filmmaker Matthieu Rytz brought an urgent and important environmental issue to light – a must watch is his latest documentary,
Deep Rising.
 
- Award Winning French photographer and underwater explorer and researcher, Laurent Ballesta captivated the audience with his extraordinary photography at even more extraordinary ocean depths. He educated us on his methodology for extended dive periods and showed us his discoveries, consistently at around 120 metres below the surface of the ocean, of stunning habitats and abundant scapes of marine fauna and flora.

#OceanTalks
#OceanFamilyFoundation
#BoatInternational
#Pioneers
#Creators
#MarineConservation
#Inspired
...

HYENA

Game drive treat!

#Hyena
#GameDrive
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#ThisIsZuka
#Safari
#SouthAfrica
#NaturePhotography

HYENA

Game drive treat!

#Hyena
#GameDrive
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#ThisIsZuka
#Safari
#SouthAfrica
#NaturePhotography
...

LET’S

Stop to watch the sun go down!

#Inspired
#MixingMartinis
#Cocktails
#Sundowner
#MartiniStop
#ZukaStyle
#Sunset
#EveningRitual
#OnSafari
#ThisIsZuka
#SafariStyle
#BushLife
#WildTreats

LET’S

Stop to watch the sun go down!

#Inspired
#MixingMartinis
#Cocktails
#Sundowner
#MartiniStop
#ZukaStyle
#Sunset
#EveningRitual
#OnSafari
#ThisIsZuka
#SafariStyle
#BushLife
#WildTreats
...

PUFF ADDER

Highly venomous and aggressive, this is one species we advise you do not attempt to get up close to, and we can confirm everyone emerged from this filming safe and happy! 

#PuffAdder
#Snakes
#VenomousSnakes
#Snakecatchers
#Africa
#Conservation
#NaturePhotography
#wildlifephotography
#Yourshotphotographer

PUFF ADDER

Highly venomous and aggressive, this is one species we advise you do not attempt to get up close to, and we can confirm everyone emerged from this filming safe and happy!

#PuffAdder
#Snakes
#VenomousSnakes
#Snakecatchers
#Africa
#Conservation
#NaturePhotography
#wildlifephotography
#Yourshotphotographer
...

LOOKING UP!

To behold World Giraffe Day! 

Not only the iconic view on the African landscape but as a species, giraffes hold an important place in the system.  They are mega browsers on vegetation to prevent overgrowth, they disperse seeds, they are a prey species to the larger carnivores (and scavenging species) and importantly they are the lookout tower, and therefore a warning system to herds of grazers who share their terrain. 

#WorldGiraffeDay
#Giraffes
#Wildlife
#SouthAfrica
#OnSafari
#naturephotography 
#wildlifephotography 
#savannah 
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild

LOOKING UP!

To behold World Giraffe Day!

Not only the iconic view on the African landscape but as a species, giraffes hold an important place in the system. They are mega browsers on vegetation to prevent overgrowth, they disperse seeds, they are a prey species to the larger carnivores (and scavenging species) and importantly they are the lookout tower, and therefore a warning system to herds of grazers who share their terrain.

#WorldGiraffeDay
#Giraffes
#Wildlife
#SouthAfrica
#OnSafari
#naturephotography
#wildlifephotography
#savannah
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
...

TEAM!

Our housekeeping team, Vezi, Thuli and Tamara make everything….. just lovely.

#Inspired
#ThisIsZuka
#ZukaHouse
#Gladstones
#SafariStyle
#HomeStyle
#BushLife
#Africa
VSafari

TEAM!

Our housekeeping team, Vezi, Thuli and Tamara make everything….. just lovely.

#Inspired
#ThisIsZuka
#ZukaHouse
#Gladstones
#SafariStyle
#HomeStyle
#BushLife
#Africa
VSafari
...

TURTLES 

Filming close to Zuka, we get to witness turtles in underwater flight! 

Our stretch of protected Indian Ocean coastline is home to an array of sea turtle species - including the huge Loggerhead and Leatherback! 

Crucial to the system, these gentle creatures also have the extraordinary ability of « natal homing », still not fully understood by scientists, whereby, despite moving thousands of miles around the globe, they return to the same stretch of coastline where they hatched, to lay their own eggs, years later!

#SeaTurtles
#Mythological
#Navigation
#KwaZuluNatal
#IndianOcean
#Enigma
#HawksbillTurtle
#LoggerheadTurtle
#LeatherbackTurtle
#GreenTurtle
#IndianOcean
#Protected
#WorldSeaTurtleDay

TURTLES

Filming close to Zuka, we get to witness turtles in underwater flight!

Our stretch of protected Indian Ocean coastline is home to an array of sea turtle species - including the huge Loggerhead and Leatherback!

Crucial to the system, these gentle creatures also have the extraordinary ability of « natal homing », still not fully understood by scientists, whereby, despite moving thousands of miles around the globe, they return to the same stretch of coastline where they hatched, to lay their own eggs, years later!

#SeaTurtles
#Mythological
#Navigation
#KwaZuluNatal
#IndianOcean
#Enigma
#HawksbillTurtle
#LoggerheadTurtle
#LeatherbackTurtle
#GreenTurtle
#IndianOcean
#Protected
#WorldSeaTurtleDay
...

KHULA FARM 

Khula is the Zulu word for “grow”. We acquired 25 hectares on the boundary of Zuka Private Game Reserve to create our Regenerative Agriculture farm, Khula Farm!

Inspired by Kiss The Ground, the non profit organisation, and Carole Bamford, the founder of Daylesford.  Amongst others, they are leading voices in their advocacy for regenerative agriculture, the importance of healthy soil, and its powerful influence on our climate, water and healthy organic food production - so, we got to work!

Regenerative food production can regenerate natural systems and takes us towards actually benefitting our planet and the human population. This integrates naturally with Getty Asterism and our goals, as we adopt a variety of sustainable agriculture techniques and practices to minimise plowing, rotate crops, protect our top soils, and enhance soil health, whilst growing nutritious organic food for our guests, staff and the wider Zuka Private Game Reserve community.

Thanks to our Head of Khula Farm, Neville and his team (not forgetting his four-legged trusty Brian!) we are growing, harvesting and creating – bon appétit!

#KhulaFarm
#GettyAsterism
#ThisIsZuka
#RegenerativeFarming
#Growing
#Harvesting
#Creating
#Cooking
#Organic
#DeliciousFood
#HealthyTopSoil
#Restored

KHULA FARM

Khula is the Zulu word for “grow”. We acquired 25 hectares on the boundary of Zuka Private Game Reserve to create our Regenerative Agriculture farm, Khula Farm!

Inspired by Kiss The Ground, the non profit organisation, and Carole Bamford, the founder of Daylesford. Amongst others, they are leading voices in their advocacy for regenerative agriculture, the importance of healthy soil, and its powerful influence on our climate, water and healthy organic food production - so, we got to work!

Regenerative food production can regenerate natural systems and takes us towards actually benefitting our planet and the human population. This integrates naturally with Getty Asterism and our goals, as we adopt a variety of sustainable agriculture techniques and practices to minimise plowing, rotate crops, protect our top soils, and enhance soil health, whilst growing nutritious organic food for our guests, staff and the wider Zuka Private Game Reserve community.

Thanks to our Head of Khula Farm, Neville and his team (not forgetting his four-legged trusty Brian!) we are growing, harvesting and creating – bon appétit!

#KhulaFarm
#GettyAsterism
#ThisIsZuka
#RegenerativeFarming
#Growing
#Harvesting
#Creating
#Cooking
#Organic
#DeliciousFood
#HealthyTopSoil
#Restored
...

SENSES

Watching this relaxed interaction, everyone has their own perfectly adapted sensory system; cheetah with extraordinary daytime vision and rhino, with poor eyesight, compensate with an acute hearing ability, and sense of smell. Impala rely on all those senses to trigger their vocal alarm calls, for the rest of the herd respond to. 

#AnotherdayinAfrica
#Cheetah
#Rhino
#Impala
#OnSafari
#Sensory
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#ThisIsZuka
#SouthAfrica

SENSES

Watching this relaxed interaction, everyone has their own perfectly adapted sensory system; cheetah with extraordinary daytime vision and rhino, with poor eyesight, compensate with an acute hearing ability, and sense of smell. Impala rely on all those senses to trigger their vocal alarm calls, for the rest of the herd respond to.

#AnotherdayinAfrica
#Cheetah
#Rhino
#Impala
#OnSafari
#Sensory
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#ThisIsZuka
#SouthAfrica
...

BREAKFAST 

At Gladstones - care of Sphe and Mzamo!

#EatOutdoors
#OnSafari
#BushArchitecture
#SafariStyle
#Gladstones
#ThisIsZuka
#ReturnToTheWild
#Africa

BREAKFAST

At Gladstones - care of Sphe and Mzamo!

#EatOutdoors
#OnSafari
#BushArchitecture
#SafariStyle
#Gladstones
#ThisIsZuka
#ReturnToTheWild
#Africa
...