A MULTIFACETED ECOLOGY VENTURE

A MULTIFACETED ECOLOGY VENTURE

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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

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
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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
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WORLD OCEANS DAY 2024

~ Awaken New Depth ~ 

This is the theme for @unworldoceansday today and we interpret this call for us to deepen our own education of the ocean, to deepen our respect for the ocean -  her flora, fauna and systems -  to deepen awareness of our actions and therefore deepen our connection to this life supporting biome.

With our proximity to the Indian Ocean here, and as founders of Ocean Family Foundation, we continue this pledge. 💙 

#IndianOcean
#WorldOceansDay
#Marine conservation
#Dolphins
#Turtles
#Flora
#CoralReef
#Restore
#Protect
#Preserve
#Respect
#Wilderness
#OceanBiome
#ThisIsZuka

WORLD OCEANS DAY 2024

~ Awaken New Depth ~

This is the theme for @unworldoceansday today and we interpret this call for us to deepen our own education of the ocean, to deepen our respect for the ocean - her flora, fauna and systems - to deepen awareness of our actions and therefore deepen our connection to this life supporting biome.

With our proximity to the Indian Ocean here, and as founders of Ocean Family Foundation, we continue this pledge. 💙

#IndianOcean
#WorldOceansDay
#Marine conservation
#Dolphins
#Turtles
#Flora
#CoralReef
#Restore
#Protect
#Preserve
#Respect
#Wilderness
#OceanBiome
#ThisIsZuka
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LEOPARD CUBS

Seeing tiny leopard cubs emerging into the world beyond their newborn den and following their growth and progress intimately, ever respectful, is a deep privilege and a testament to years of coexistence and successful conservation within the reserve. It goes without saying really that the cute factor is immense too! 

#Leopard
#LeopardCubs
#Panthera
#BigCats
#ConservationSuccessStories
#ThisIsZuka
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#Safari
#Yourshotphotographer

LEOPARD CUBS

Seeing tiny leopard cubs emerging into the world beyond their newborn den and following their growth and progress intimately, ever respectful, is a deep privilege and a testament to years of coexistence and successful conservation within the reserve. It goes without saying really that the cute factor is immense too!

#Leopard
#LeopardCubs
#Panthera
#BigCats
#ConservationSuccessStories
#ThisIsZuka
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#Safari
#Yourshotphotographer
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OCEANS!

 With our proximity to the Indian Ocean, we have a strong connection, and a sense of responsibility towards this life supporting biome, propelling us in 2018 to be one of the four founders of Ocean Family Foundation.

This same year also saw the launch of @boatinternational Ocean Talks and it has been our great pleasure to sponsor this brilliant event for 7 years! 

Ocean Talks brings together the superyacht industry and the world of marine conservation via meaningful conversation and inspirational talks with world renowned key-note speakers as well as exhibitors who showcase the best and latest in marine conservation projects, initiatives and products.

Ocean Talks 2024 takes place on 6th June in London leading up to World Oceans Day.

Please visit: oceanfamilyfoundation.org / Ocean Talks

#OceansMonth
#OceanTalks
#IndianOcean
#MarineConservation
#Wilderness
#beachlife_naturelover 
#Restored 
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#ThisIsZuka
#SodwanaBay
#Africa

OCEANS!

With our proximity to the Indian Ocean, we have a strong connection, and a sense of responsibility towards this life supporting biome, propelling us in 2018 to be one of the four founders of Ocean Family Foundation.

This same year also saw the launch of @boatinternational Ocean Talks and it has been our great pleasure to sponsor this brilliant event for 7 years!

Ocean Talks brings together the superyacht industry and the world of marine conservation via meaningful conversation and inspirational talks with world renowned key-note speakers as well as exhibitors who showcase the best and latest in marine conservation projects, initiatives and products.

Ocean Talks 2024 takes place on 6th June in London leading up to World Oceans Day.

Please visit: oceanfamilyfoundation.org / Ocean Talks

#OceansMonth
#OceanTalks
#IndianOcean
#MarineConservation
#Wilderness
#beachlife_naturelover
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#ThisIsZuka
#SodwanaBay
#Africa
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SAVANNAH

Zuka Private Game Reserve hosts diverse and abundant plains game in our wide open grassy areas. 

These heroes of the savannah system, Impala, zebra, wildebeest, and giraffe coexist in their herds and groups, sharing the same grazing and browsing space, while maintaining the balance and painting the archetypal African plains landscape! 

#PlainsGame
#Wildebeest
#Giraffe
#Zebra
#Waterbuck
#Reedbuck
#Nyala
#Impala
#SouthAfrica
#Savannah
#SavannaSystem
#HealthyHabitat
#OnSafari
#Landrover
#Africanstyle 
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#ThisIsZuka

SAVANNAH

Zuka Private Game Reserve hosts diverse and abundant plains game in our wide open grassy areas.

These heroes of the savannah system, Impala, zebra, wildebeest, and giraffe coexist in their herds and groups, sharing the same grazing and browsing space, while maintaining the balance and painting the archetypal African plains landscape!

#PlainsGame
#Wildebeest
#Giraffe
#Zebra
#Waterbuck
#Reedbuck
#Nyala
#Impala
#SouthAfrica
#Savannah
#SavannaSystem
#HealthyHabitat
#OnSafari
#Landrover
#Africanstyle
#Restored
#Protected
#Preserved
#Wild
#ThisIsZuka
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OUR FOOD

We are passionately planting, tending, picking and harvesting, then washing off some beautiful soil, before a little thinking, preparing, creating and then eating; we love how this adds up to be a whole lot of healthy topsoil, nutrition and joy!

Thank you to all who inspire us!

#KhulaFarm
#RegenerativeFarming
#Organic
#HealthyFood
#FarmToTable
#Nourish
#Sharing
#FreshHerbs
#Vegetables
#Salad
#Foodies
#Inspired
#GettyAsterism
#HealthySoil
#Choices
#ALittleGoesALongWay
#StillLearning

OUR FOOD

We are passionately planting, tending, picking and harvesting, then washing off some beautiful soil, before a little thinking, preparing, creating and then eating; we love how this adds up to be a whole lot of healthy topsoil, nutrition and joy!

Thank you to all who inspire us!

#KhulaFarm
#RegenerativeFarming
#Organic
#HealthyFood
#FarmToTable
#Nourish
#Sharing
#FreshHerbs
#Vegetables
#Salad
#Foodies
#Inspired
#GettyAsterism
#HealthySoil
#Choices
#ALittleGoesALongWay
#StillLearning
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VISION

For a big cat, these predators are actually vulnerable themselves, particularly to lion or leopard, but are also 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 also 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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