This nature reserve in South Africa is Noah’s ark of modern times

British entrepreneur Richard Prinsloo Curson has launched the most ambitious crowdfunding project to date. He wants to raise £ 5 billion to build a nature reserve (called Noah’s Ark) that will preserve “all species on the planet”. It’s a colossal plan of protection, perhaps the greatest one that has ever existed.

This nature reserve in South Africa is Noah's ark of modern times(Image credit: Noah’s Ark)

Richard Prinsloo Curson said:

The animal kingdom is in crisis. Climate change, overdevelopment, agriculture, ocean plastic, big game hunting and poaching are driving thousands of species from the planet. We owe it to future generations to preserve the natural world, or our children will be left behind in the struggle against the dire effects of climate change to survive.

The process will be filmed from start to finish for a new documentary that will air on Globetrotter television from January 11, 2021. People are invited to watch the team raise money, set up the park, collect animals and much more.

This nature reserve in South Africa is Noah's ark of modern times(Image credit: Noah’s Ark)

Noah’s Ark will be a state-of-the-art animal and environmental protection park with an area of ​​100 km² in the South African province of KwaZulu Natal. With the support of His Majesty the King of the Zulus, construction began in August 2020. When the development is complete, the world’s largest aquarium, the world’s largest geocomes with artificial environments recreating the Amazon rainforest and Antarctica, and a national park will be created.

This nature reserve in South Africa is Noah's ark of modern times(Image credit: Noah’s Ark)
This nature reserve in South Africa is Noah's ark of modern times(Image credit: Noah’s Ark)

The mission of Noah’s Ark is the same as that of the biblical Noah’s Ark: to prevent the animals of the earth from being wiped out. Effective breeding programs will be in place to keep endangered species from extinction and protect animals from “the brutal and selfish acts of humanity”.

According to a 2018 report by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), humans have wiped out 60% of the world’s animals since 1970.

Mike Barrett, WWF Executive Director for Conservation and Science said:

We go sleepwalking to the edge of a cliff. If the human population were to decline by 60%, it would be tantamount to draining North America, South America, Africa, Europe, China and Oceania.

That’s the extent of what we’ve done. There’s a lot more to this than just losing the wonders of nature, though that’s desperately sad. This is actually endangering people’s future now. Nature is not nice to have – it is our life support system.

Meanwhile, another fantastic and ambitious conservation project called WorldWild is being built in China. It is a zoological resort run by loner hotel designer Bill Bensley, where people are “locked up” and animals roam free.

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