The Cape Sanctuary Donation Program
Gannet Safaris Overland have partnered with The Cape Sanctuary to plant more grasses and natives on Cape Kidnappers Peninsula to restore our amazing wildlife. Choose to become a part of the movement by giving back and contributing to sustainable living and carbon offsets – choose to donate $4 per person to The Cape Sanctuary when you book a tour with us. The Cape Sanctuary has an army of volunteers who have planted over 1.5 million native trees to date, and we are committed to plant many more.
Gannet Safaris Overland work closely with the Cape Sanctuary which is Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest privately owned wildlife sanctuary. Their amazing team is made up of over 300 volunteers that are giving their time to restore our beautiful land and replant grasses and natives to support the return of our wildlife.
It all started in 2006, when the two joining farm owners, Mr Robertson and Mr Lowe, installed a predator proof fence which runs the width of the peninsular,10.6km, to keep wildlife predators out. This is the farmland that we cross on our safari, and we will teach you all about our wildlife and its challenges. Through the tireless and amazing effort and work of volunteers and staff, approximately 500 acres of sand dunes have been returned to their natural state. Invasive weed species that prevent the natural cycle of the sand movement have been removed and were replaced by native species.
18 different species have been translocated into the Cape Kidnappers Sanctuary since the fence went up. Some of the highlights include:
- Petrels successfully nesting outside the heavily protected seabird site
- Kiwi breeding without human intervention so we do not know the total population
- Little blue penguins breeding after coming in on the sound
- Cook Straight Giant Weta from Mana Island & Matiu Soames Island successfully reproducing, and the population is slowly expanding
As many businesses have been doing, Gannet Safaris Overland have been looking at what we can do to help contribute to our carbon offset and how our business contributes to sustainability.
Follow and support us on our sustainability and conservation journey, or contact Rachel Ward or Liz Lowe if you would like to become part of the volunteer program yourself.
This project started September 2022. (running total updated 30th April 2023)