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Bird Ringing at White Elephant Lodge, Kwazulu-Natal

White Elephant Lodge (WEL) lies within the Pongola Game Reserve (PGR) in northern KwaZulu Natal, RSA, close to the Swaziland border. PGR was (in 1894) the first government proclaimed game reserve in Africa. It has been described as a co-operative conservation project between private landowners, tribal communities and government conservation services. It adjoins Lake Jozini and is overlooked by the imposing Lebombo Mountains. Although there are many specialised habitats present within the Reserve, the dominant terrestrial habitat is savannah woodland, or ‘bushveld’. PGR is home to over 350 bird species (WEL 2012), including both Palearctic and Afrotropical migrants.

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