Join WESSA today and help make a significant, ongoing difference to the environment in which we all live.



Help us work for the continued conservation of our natural heritage and for a sustainable lifestyle on a healthy planet.


WESSA (the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa) is a dynamic South African environmental NGO with a mission to implement high impact environmental and conservation projects that promote public participation in caring for the Earth.

WESSA has a remarkable history of almost 90 years and a proud track record of enabling individuals and organisations to use natural resources sustainably and effectively, through our strategic partnerships. We are driven by the key focus areas of our work, which is aimed at the conservation of life-supporting ecosystems such as water and biodiversity.


World renowned conservationist Dr Ian Player passed away at his home in Karkloof on Sunday 30 November 2014 at the age of 87.

Dr Player headed Operation Rhino to bring back the white rhino from near extinction which served as a turning point for conservation and an inspiration for many generations to come. His outstanding legacy will always be a guiding light to conservationists all over the world and his wisdom will never be forgotten. The friendship WESSA had nurtured with Dr Ian Player was one that goes back many years and will be missed.


The WESSA Eskom Energy & Sustainability Programme has won two 2014 eta Awards!
WESSA’s Eco-Schools Programme recognised as one of the top projects for sustainability in the world for the last 10 years.
WESSA is supporting a ‘source to sea’ expedition on the Vaal in January 2015 which will see three intrepid paddlers...
WESSA has announced a record 82 Blue Flag sites for South Africa at the national launch of the new season...


Whether you have just 60 seconds or five minutes to spare or really want to get stuck in, there are many different ways you can get involved with WESSA and help us make a difference to our environment.