Pictured here is the Community Conservation and Research Skills Development students collecting for the propagation and distribution of Pepperbark tree seeds.
The Pepperbark tree, or ‘isiBhaha’ (Warburgia salutaris) is thought to be almost extinct in the wild, with the only viable populations existing inside protected areas. Due to its staggering medicinal properties, illegal harvesting has led to its Endangered status.
After conducting extensive surveys of the reserve, researchers at andBeyond Phinda have discovered that the reserve is home to more than 1400 Pepperbark trees, representing one of the largest populations in the country.
By carefully collecting and germinating the fallen seeds, the conservation team at andBeyond Phinda are able to boost numbers, protect what is there, and provide local communities and nyangas (traditional healers) with access to this special tree and its healing properties.
This Community Conservation Course is a collaboration between Africa Foundation and the andBeyond Phinda Conservation Team.