Corporate Social Investment

Antelope Park follows a responsible development approach to business, investing in the surrounding communities and wildlife, working towards achieving long-lasting solutions to the complex challenges we face in the form of poverty and ecosystem decline.

Together with our sister organisations, African Impact and ALERT, Antelope Park provides opportunities for volunteer eco-tourists from across the globe to join us and participate in a range of programmes to support local communities and conservation initiatives.

Conservation

As recently as the 1950’s, over 400 000 lions roamed the African continent. Today, experts estimate their populations to be below 20 000. This represents a loss of 80 – 90% of Africa’s lion populations in just three lion generations.

In response to the drastic decline of lion populations, ALERT (the African Lion & Environmental Research Trust) was founded at Antelope Park in 2005. Together, ALERT and Antelope Park support the multi-stage African Lion Rehabilitation and Release into the Wild Programme, which seeks to augment the decline of the African lion populations through the release of the offspring of captive-bred lions into the wild.

African Lion Rehabilitation and Release into the Wild Programme

Antelope Park developed the African Lion Rehabilitation and Release into the Wild Programme in an effort to bolster wild lion populations through the release of the offspring of captive-bred lions into the wild.

Supported by ALERT, the programme has expanded to Victoria Falls and Livingstone in Zambia, where work is operated and funded by Antelope Park and Lion Encounter, with the exception of the Ngamo Release Site, which is funded by Antelope Park and ALERT.

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ALERT Education Centre

The ALERT Education Centre adjacent to Antelope Park was developed to assist vulnerable students with access to education, offering extra-curricular activities that enhance student learning, and providing fully funded internship and facilitated research placements.

The Centre helps students identify ways humans impact the environment and to encourages them to explore and promote alternatives that reduce or reverse these effects, with long-term, tangible socio-economic benefits for the community, as well as the environment.

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Community

Zimbabwe’s schools, hospitals and clinics suffer from a lack of resources and personnel. As a result, they’re unable to deliver services to those in need. Vulnerable groups in particular, such as orphans, the elderly and the infirm are in dire need of assistance.

Antelope Park, together with our partners, provide assistance in these arenas to relieve the strain on limited resources and provide a brighter future for residents in our local communities.

Mickey Mouse Pre-school

Early development is a critical phase for learning, growth and the development of social skills. The Mickey Mouse Pre-school serves a large area, and before we began working with them, had to accommodate over 100 children in a single classroom – not a conducive environment for development.

Through our ACT division we provide the school with essential materials and manpower to support the community.

Frontline Healthcare

The high-density area of Mkoba, where the majority of Gweru’s population is based has no access to private healthcare services, and are totally dependent on under-staffed and under-resourced local clinics.

Through our ACT division, we provide the manpower and resources needed to support these clinics, and the provision of additional personnel allows the qualified medical staff to dedicate their time to frontline healthcare.

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Mkoba 4 Primary School

The Government-run Mkoba 4 Primary School provides education to the high-density area of Mkoba, with an average class size of 55 students to one teacher, and around 300 students in each age grade.

Through our ACT division, we provide both manpower and materials to support to the under-resourced school provide an education to approximately 2200 children.

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Midlands Children's Hope Centre

The Midlands Children’s Hope Centre was founded in 1996 as a response to the growing number of street children living in Gweru. The Centre works with orphans and vulnerable children and runs a rehabilitation shelter in the nearby Mkoba township. Currently, the shelter supports 24 boys, all of whom attend the local school.

The Centre also runs a Drop-In Centre for children living on the streets, with the aim of rehabilitating them into society and education, and reuniting them with their families. A community kitchen at the Centre caters for the city’s destitute with a free meal for them each weekday. Without it, many would go hungry and be forced to turn to criminal activities to survive.

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