The Tembo conservation initiatives are aimed at the local conservation and environmental issues that directly impact the Tembo District. We are strategically aligned with the national conservation program as determined by National Office and support all initiatives as directed by National Office.
Currently Tembo has another local conservation project on the radar whereby Tembo was approached by the Cumberland Bird Sanctuary to assist them with some repairs and maintenance. The Cumberland Bird Sanctuary (CBS) is a protected area in Bryanston, next to the Bryanston Country Club. The CBS suffered some damages after a heavy rainstorm and a wooden bridge, key to the access of the area was destroyed. The CBS approached Tembo to find out if we could possibly assist in some way to restore the bridge resulting in full access of the sanctuary to be restored.
We are currently looking into different options and ways to assist in this matter and will prepare a presentation for our members to consider. This could serve as a kick-off project with the CBS as there are some other challenges that they face where Tembo could also be of assistance. In terms of a larger long term conservation program Tembo can possibly in the future also assist with the removal of alien plant species and also assist with combating the erosion problem which the sanctuary faces.
The CBS as mentioned is a protected area in our area and some of our members even share the boundary fence of the sanctuary. It is home to many species of local/indigenous birdlife and even hosts some birds of prey! With areas like these being so few and far between it serves as a great opportunity for Tembo to get involved.
Further to this Tembo also uses the monthly newsletter to distribute some useful conservation news termed the “Conservation Conversation”. Here we discuss and inform our members of relevant up to date conservation news articles that range from water scarcity to the controversial Rhino poaching epidemic. Here we try to be more diverse in our conservation topics as not all Tembo members live in the Tembo District and many members might have other conservation issues that directly impact on them. Thus we cover all current conservation issues in the newsletter.