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Conservation, a way of living

Our conservation efforts are not only based on animals, but also on their environment, promoting and using green energy and material recycling.

Minimizing our impact on the environment

Solar panels: currently we are using solar panels to produce adequate energy and electricity for the LEO office and workshop. Our plan for the future is to install a more efficient solar panel system in order to run the staff accommodation and part of the volunteer house with green energy.

Water usage: the LEO Team is trying to educate all the volunteers about the importance of water as a non-renewable resource and as a consequence not to waste it. We encourage people to take short showers, to wash the dishes by filling the sink with water (no running water), to close the tap while brushing teeth, and to use the washing machine only with a full load of washing.

Plastic usage: We are aware that in our society plastic is used a lot, but we could all try to reduce its usage by paying attention to the items we buy and their packaging. Plastic has really harmful consequences on wildlife and ecosystems. We try to be very careful about plastic consumption because of many reasons, including:

  • plastic contaminates the soil and water by leaching chemicals;
  • plastic ends up as litter in trees, storm water drains, on beaches and in the ocean, being the cause of death of many fishes and sea animals;
  • plastic in the food chain are eaten by animals, which humans then eat.

We try to do our best to use as little plastic as possible. We do not use any plastic bags for our food and general shopping (we ask for recycled paper boxes that then we re-use as rubbish bins). In addition, we don’t use straws at all and try to limit the use of plastic water bottles.

Our basic contribution towards this cause is as follows:

  • When we go to the supermarket, we prefer to use recycled cardboard boxes for our groceries and general shopping instead of plastic bags
  • The recycled paper fruit boxes are then re-used to place all the waste that goes to be recycled
  • We always prefer to drink from glasses instead of using plastic straws
  • Each plastic bottle we use is then re-used for our "Bottled-Tree Project" (please see below)

* If you like this educative poster and would like to see others or if you would like to print your own one, please visit the website of the Two Oceans Aquarium of Cape Town

Recycling at LEO AFRICA

Recycling in Africa is not always easy. Unfortunately there is still a long way to go for everyone to embrace this important task. Some towns still do not recycle any material at all, others only partially, mainly paper, glass and metal, but no plastic.

Here at LEO Africa we feel the need to make a difference: we collect and recycle our weekly rubbish and we take it to a petrol station with recycling facilities about 200km distant from LEO Base in order to recycle our waste. We recycle plastic, paper, cans, glasses and any metal or material that we also find in the bush. Most of the volunteers are recycling experts, but sometimes those who are less familiar with this practice can get a chance to contribute towards it and hopefully will continue also at home.

Coming to LEO Africa means not only to go back home with good photos and memories, but also to actively contribute towards conservation and a more responsible lifestyle. Each of us can make a difference in the long run for the benefit of the ecosystems, animals, our planet and the future generations who will inhabit it!

Bottled Tree Project

At LEO Africa, we really care about the planet and its fauna and flora. That's why we thought to launch a project: the LEO AFRICA Bottled Tree Project. For every plastic bottle used, we will plant an indigenous tree seed in it, to create a big nursery and once the trees will have reached a good size, we will sell them to nurseries (the money earned will be put in the fund for anti-poaching/monitoring efforts), plant them in gardens, roads or whenever people or reserves would require them.


If you like our Bottled Tree project idea and would like to develop it at your home as well, we would be very happy to see photos of your Bottled Tree growing! Feel free to send your nursery photos to our email or share them on our Facebook page … We will then post them too!