The Save Valley Conservancy
is situated in the South Eastern Lowveld of Zimbabwe and covers approximately
845 044 acres (342 123 sq km). Differences in height and terrain have ensured
a variety of habitat and an enormous diversity in plant, animal and bird
Historically, this area was predominantly used for cattle ranching.
Between 1986 and 1993 a total of 33 Black Rhino were, with the agreement
ranchers, translocated to The Save Valley in order to protect
them from the radically increased poaching threat in other areas of
A massive drought served as a catalyst to change overall land use from
cattle ranching to conservation and in 1991 the Save Valley Conservancy
aside personal agendas, dividing fences and differences of opinion
individual ranchers worked to create an enormous wildlife reserve .
Over the intervening years wildlife has been successfully re-introduced
in large numbers and today the Save Valley Conservancy stands testament
to one of the grandest African conservation visions of all time.