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Conservation Projects

Tree Planting

At the ORCA Foundation conserving our environment is of utmost importance to us. Planting a tree is one of the easiest ways to help the environment and help offset your carbon emissions. To make this even easier we are continuously germinating new indigenous trees for us to plant throughout the year. We then plant these indigenous trees in the community and surrounding areas, and encourage people to do the same to offset their carbon emissions. Check out our carbon calculator by clicking here!

Marine Debris Clean Ups

ORCA Foundation’s team regularly visits Plettenberg Bay’s beaches for a clean up. Unfortunately, we still live in a world where people regularly leave trash behind, so this project not only keeps the beaches healthy, but also sets a good example for the community. In addition, we use this opportunity to record our findings, which gives us indications of where the garbage is coming from and where it appears most frequently.

Beach Patrol and Animal Rescue

When Plett experiences bad weather conditions, ORCA sets out to do some beach patrolling. If any stranded or injured animals are found, we rescue them. The most common creatures found are birds, which are brought straight to the Tenikwa rehabilitation center, or turtles, which we bring to health ourselves. To see a video of rehabilitation in action, click here!  To view the correct way of handling a small whale or dolphin stranding click here!

Tree clearing

Alien Tree Clearing

It is the ORCA Foundation’s goal to remove as many alien species as possible from the Plettenberg Bay area. These species are not compatible with our forests and are known to use a lot more water resources than our indigenous plants.  South Africa is short of rainfall and this inevitably leads to rivers drying out and biodiversity declining. In conjunction with other local organisations we head out into the surrounding areas to help remove these species – sometimes removing as many as 300 plus trees in one day.

River Health Evaluation

A mini SASS evaluation is done to establish the water qualities in the rivers in order to maintain a healthy environment.  This allows us to act upon the early warning signs of decreasing health and set a good example for the community. In order to complete a SASS evaluation you must capture bug larvae, identify them, and finally score them on a matrix according to their sensitivity to disturbance.