South Africa’s Private Game Reserves Are Struggling to Survive Without Tourists. The Animals Are, Too – Reports

South Africa’s Private Game Reserves Are Struggling to Survive Without Tourists. The Animals Are, Too

On March 26, as South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that he was closing the country’s borders and shutting down tourism to help curb the spread of COVID-19, Kayla Wilkens thought of only one thing: How was she going to feed the elephants?

Wilkens, the general manager of the privately-owned Fairy Glen safari resort, about 115 km outside of Cape Town, knew that the park’s budget depended on tourism. Without that income, taking care of the lions, rhinos, zebras and antelope…

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