Manyoni is the second site approved as part of the WWF/Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Black Rhino Range Expansion Project. The 22 000 hectare area in northern Kwa-Zulu Natal consists of numerous adjoining properties which have dropped their internal fences in order to create a haven for a significant black rhino population, and Luthuli is proud to be one of these properties.
The aim of the expansion project is to increase the number of black rhino by having more land available for their conservation, thus reducing pressure on existing reserves and providing new territory in which they can breed. A founder population of 22 black rhino from KZN Wildlife reserves has been released in the reserve to date.
Rapid growth can mean the difference between survival and extinction for an endangered species. Faster growth provides a bigger buffer against poaching or natural disaster like disease, fire or flood. Black rhino births occur about two years apart.