Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife is the provincial agency mandated to carry out biodiversity conservation and associated activities in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The primary focus of the organisation is biodiversity conservation – the management of 99 protected areas and two World Heritage Sites (uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park and Isimangaliso Wetland Park). The organization also applies provincial nature conservation legislation and its associated regulations. A secondary but nevertheless vital aspect, is the management a large eco-tourism operation in South Africa.
The Honorary Officers are a group of volunteers who give of their time and expertise to assist and support KZN Wildlife in their mission “to ensure effective conservation and sustainable use of KwaZulu Natal’s biodiversity in collaboration with stakeholders for the benefit of present and future generations”
Within the HO Corps, there are 52 Honorary Officer groups throughout KZN. Usually, but not always, groups work in a particular Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife reserve. The work of each group varies depending on the reserve, but basically entails the Honorary Officers bringing their skills and experience to assist in the running of the reserve.