2023 Nature Conservation Award Finalists


Awarded to an organisation for successfully protecting, rehabilitating or mitigating damage to the Earth's biodiversity, eco-systems and/or Earth’s natural resources.

Grootbos Green Futures Foundation

Grootbos Foundation is a NPC (2003/104519) which has committed the last 20 years to conservation of the Cape Floral Kingdom, protecting the biodiversity of the fynbos biome and delivering free training, education and sports development to the underserved communities of the Walker Bay region which include Gansbaai, Elim, Stanford, Baardskeerdersbos, Papiesvlei and Pearly Beach. Through working directly with the communities, they have ensured that they have participated not only in conservation efforts, but that their lives have improved through the opportunities unlocked within the green economy through active and exciting conservation.

The Green Futures Education programme relates to learning initiatives with a core conservation focus

These include nationally accredited training courses offered through our Green Futures Horticulture and Life Skills College, our Green Futures indigenous nursery and alien clearing and indigenous tree planting projects.


Tale of Two Leopards: Cape Leopard Trust and EWT

Tale of Two Leopards (ToTL), is a visionary partnership project launched in June 2021 between the Cape Leopard Trust (CLT) and the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT). The project focuses on the conservation of two iconic, threatened ‘leopard’ species – the leopard and the Western leopard toad – in the Overberg. Both species play critical roles in ecosystem function, acting as custodians for important Fynbos and Thicket habitats. In collaboration with local organisations and communities the project facilitated critical research, including large-scale surveys of both species. Innovative conservation actions addressed key threats, and the project has reached over 1500 people through environmental education campaigns and outreach events. ToTL developed visual tools for the region, highlighting the inter-connectedness of species, landscapes, and people, and inspiring communities to care for leopards, toads and all other species. ToTL is now looking to protect a critical biodiversity corridor.


The Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW)

Originally founded in 1977 by local conservationist Isolde Mellet, CROW was the first dedicated wildlife rehabilitation centre in South Africa. Following a move to its current home and official founding place in Yellowwood Park in 1980, the Centre’s small but dedicated team was able to expand its operation – helping to rescue, rehabilitate and release between 3000 and 4000 injured, orphaned and displaced wild animals each year.

43 years later, and CROW remains Durban’s only registered and fully permitted (including TOPS and TOPS Marine species) wildlife rehabilitation centre. From mongoose to genets, monkeys to birds and scrub hares to reptiles, CROW provides our indigenous wildlife with a second chance at a free, safe and sustainable life in the wild.

As one of South Africa’s leading wildlife rehabilitation centres, CROW strives to improve the quality of wildlife rehabilitation in South Africa, as well as educate the general public on Kwa-Zulu Natal’s spectacular wildlife.