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EditPhoto Title:South Africa side by side with nature
EditPhoto Description:A Conservation International special report
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EditImage Description:A leopard cub with kill in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
EditPhoto Credit:© Trond Larsen
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South Africa’s poaching epidemic came as a wave.


Kruger National Park and the communities around its borders represent the global front line in the battle against rhino poaching. South Africa contains the largest remaining rhino populations in the world, and most of the killing is happening in and around Kruger.

In these villages, residents are caught in the middle of an escalating fight between poachers and conservationists — one that has grown in intensity and violence as prices skyrocket. Poor and dispossessed, these villages potentially hold the key to solving this crisis in the long run, and yet distrust runs deep.

Building on a successful model from South Africa’s rural Eastern Cape, Conservation South Africa is working to build a new future for these communities through sustainable development and access to livestock markets. In the world’s most unequal country, the success of these efforts suggests the road ahead for development and conservation worldwide.

In this special series, “South Africa side by side with nature,” writer Jamey Anderson and photographer Trond Larsen explore two South African landscapes where doing right by nature and doing right by people are the same.

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EditImage Alt Text:Barbed wire fence and sunset, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
EditCaption Title:Story 1: Fenced out of nature
EditCaption Description:Outside Kruger National Park, the people who once lived inside may be the key to the reserve’s future (Image © Trond Larsen)
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EditImage Alt Text:A herder in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.
EditCaption Title:Story 2: ‘Time to fix things now’
EditCaption Description:In Africa’s most biodiverse grassland, a partnership benefits the community and nature through cattle (Image © Trond Larsen)
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EditImage Alt Text:Students at the Shiviti School, built with the support of the Buffelshoek Trust in Utah village.
EditCaption Title:Story 3: Turning grass into gold
EditCaption Description:For communities outside Kruger National Park, livestock offers a lifeline to a future without poaching (Image © Trond Larsen)
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EditImage Alt Text:Landscape, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
EditCaption Title:Story 4: Two ears, one mouth
EditCaption Description:In rural South Africa, making change stick means connecting to local customs and addressing local concerns (Image © Trond Larsen)
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EditCaption Title:Story 5: Conservation beyond fences
EditCaption Description:Why South Africa’s path foretells the world’s (Image © Trond Larsen)
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