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Education at Colchester Zoo's UmPhafa Reserve

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Education is one of our main aims on UmPhafa. Since 2009, we have run an internship programme to raise awareness and educate on our wildlife species and conservation and research activities. Over the years, we have also been involved in a range of school activities, from delivering lessons, to funding infrastructure development at two local schools.

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One of our key education goals is to create educational opportunities on the reserve where we can bring local school children to learn about conservation of the habitat and animals within the area. On the 21st October, we were very privileged to have children from Sam-Lyn Education Centre come and visit us on the reserve.

Geo, our South African Intern, has been working with these children for the last six months. Talking to them about environmental issues, recycling and waste management, and all about the wild animals we have on the reserve. Some of our interns have also been to visit them at the centre and helped Geo out with the lessons.

The children came out to the reserve to see what goes on at UmPhafa, they had a tour of our accommodation to see how we recycle and had a close up view of our new wormery! Then they had a chat about life as a ranger with 2 of our rangers, Vukani & Sithembiso. Finally, they had a lovely game drive around the reserve, looking for all the animals!

A big thank you to Hazel & Les Stanley for allowing them to come to the reserve and also Yolanda Sibisi, who is a teacher at the centre.

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UmPhafa has a wide and diverse range of habitat types, from grassland to bushveld and open woodlands.

Number of species offically recorded on Umphafa

Mammals 49
Birds 186
Reptiles 24
Amphibians 10
Trees 62