Historically, the Save Valley Conservancy was an area used predominately for cattle ranching. The environment began to deteriorate and there was a dramatic reduction in the fauna and flora. Fortunately a drought served as a catalyst to change the land use from cattle farming to conservation and in 1991 the Save Valley Conservancy was born. Along with the endangered black rhino, big game was re-introduced and the conservancy has become one of the largest private wildlife sanctuaries in Africa. Income is generated through high quality, low density tourism and any economic benefits received, are shared by the local communities.

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