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Lapolosa Wilderness
Makalali Game Reserve
Siyafunda Bush Experience
Kariega Conservation Project
Amakhala Game Reserve
Zingela Endangered Species
Modisa Wildlife Project
Bambelela Wildlife Sanctuary
C.A.R.E. Baboon Sanctuary
Noah's Ark Wildlife Centre
Namibia Wildlife Sanctuary
O.R.C.A. Marine Conservation
Great White Shark Project

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Kelcey Grimms wildlife experience started at an early age when she had the unique experience of raising a mountain lion cub in the United States. After graduating from an Ivy League university (Dartmouth)  and working for several years in private equity and investment banking in the San Francisco Bay area (Deutsche Bank and Summit Partners), Kelcey moved to South Africa in 2000 to commit her life to conservation. 


From January September 2001, Kelcey joined a lion breeding project in the Free State Province of South Africa where she first saw the horrors of the captive lion breeding industry - tame lions sold for canned hunts, cubs ripped away at birth from their mothers, lionesses forced into estrus for "speed breeding.'  In reaction to these horrors and in an attempt to save some of the lions she had personally raised, Kelcey co-founded the Enkosini Wildlife Reserve in 2001. She has since rescued a variety of wildlife, and now dedicates all her time to the education, management and social change needed to protect wildlife and wild lands in Africa.


The Enkosini Wildlife Reserve was formed to protect and preserve Africas wildlife and habitat. Enkosini provides a solution to mankinds relentless push into the last remaining wild places of Africa and supplements the increasingly under-funded, and often inadequate, efforts of African governments to ensure the health, safety and survival of the animals in their charge. Our goal is to create a self-sustaining model of responsible conservation that preserves Africa's natural heritage (habitat and wildlife); enhances the South African economy through overseas capital infusion, local and international eco-tourism, and job creation; and promotes education and awareness of conservation issues.


Enkosini (derived from the Zulu word meaning place of kings) is a private, non-profit preserve dedicated to researching and implementing strategies for wildlife conservation. Currently extending over 15,000 acres in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa, Enkosini was established as a conservancy, by purchasing and joining together large South African farms with the aim of establishing a larger reserve for the benefit of African wildlife. The preserve was, until recently, used for cattle and agricultural farming. Enkosini is a unique conservation initiative that will re-introduce indigenous wildlife onto land they once naturally roamed, ultimately re-establishing all the original flora and fauna to the area. We will also provide sanctuary and protection for orphaned, injured and displaced wildlife, and work to rehabilitate and reintroduce these animals back into the wild. Enkosini will continue to acquire habitat for the long-term survival of these animals and the preservation of their eco-systems.


Enkosini believes that education and collaboration with the local community are keys to conservation. We work locally and internationally to encourage and promote a positive attitude towards wildlife, to emphasize awareness of the issues involved in their endangerment, and to institute conservation-based employment.


Enkosini is a registered South African trust and a non-profit conservation project of The Lion Foundation, contributions to which may be tax-deductible under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code for United States federal income tax purposes, ID Number: 91-2164693.




To contact our South African office:

Enkosini Eco Experience

P.O. Box 1197, Lydenburg 1120, South Africa

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To contact our US office:

Enkosini Eco Experience

4111 East Madison Street, Suite 76, Seattle, WA 98112, USA

Tel: +1.206.604.2664, Fax: +1.310.359.0269

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