BGP Conservation: The Kingdom of Swaziland's Big Game Parks (BGP) manages Hlane Royal National Park, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary & Mkhaya Game Reserve. It also has a national conservation mandate and manages the Game Act & Swaziland's stance on CITES.
Formal conservation in Swaziland began in the 60’s with Ted Reilly, founder of Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. This caught the attention of the Swazi Monarchy, leading to his appointment as the Royal Adviser on wildlife. Since then Reilly conceived and initiated the Government parks system, pioneered the National Environmental Education Programme, saved the Nguni cattle from extinction and eventually founded Big Game Parks Trust in the 90’s. Today Big Game Parks is the delegated authority on the Game Act and CITES and operates a highly effective anti-poaching unit. Use the tabs to discover more. Pass on information relating to poaching to +268 76043867/76500501 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrating 50 Years of Imvelo Yakitsi - Our Heritage
On the 12th July 1964, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary opened to the public and BGP is thus celebrating 50 years of Imvelo Yakitsi, our heritage, this year! In addition to the aforementioned achievements, since its conception Big Game Parks can also be credited with re-introducing over 22 species which had gone locally extinct and returning the national cultural symbols (the Lion and Elephant) to The Kingdom of Swaziland. As a nation we can be extremely proud of our achievements, so join us as we celebrate the events through the last 50 years with a line up of special events and more.
Discover the ins and outs of Swazi nature conservation up to and including the 1960s.
Discover the ins and outs of Swazi Nature Conservation during the 1970s.
Discover the ins and outs of Swazi nature conservation during the 1980s.
Discover the ins and outs of Swazi Nature Conservation during the 1990s.
Discover the ins and outs of Swazi nature conservation during the 2000s.
Discover the ins and outs of Swazi Nature Conservation during the 2010s.
The lion, Ngwenyama, is the symbol of the King of Swaziland.
The Matriarch Elephant symbolizes Her Majesty, Queen Mother of Swaziland - Mother of the Nation.
Swaziland's rhino story is fascinating.
Vultures are an essential player in maintaining healthy ecosystems.
The now popular Nguni was once frowned upon as a lesser breed due to its medium size.
Roan antelope are the second largest antelope in Africa after the eland. Learn more about Big Game Parks Roan Antelope Project.
Click here to learn about our small antelope and endangered species program.
Click here for information regarding Big Game Parks National Mandate; The Game Act and CITES
Permits are required from BGP for any hunting, harvesting, import, export, translocation, moving, confinement, capture and possession of wildlife or CITES products within Swaziland.
Click here for a step by step permit application guide
BGP Bird Species List
Click here for a downloadable BGP bird species list.
BGP Mammal Species List
Click here for a downloadable BGP Mammals Species List.
BGP Amphibian Species List
Click here for a BGP Amphibians species list.
BGP Reptile Species List
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Biodiversity, Conservation & Climate Change
Discover Big Game Parks views on biodiversity, nature conservation and climate change.
Swaziland's proposal to CITES is for a limited and regulated legal trade in its own white rhino horn, which could generate an estimated sustainable annual income of $1.2 million without killing a single rhino
Documents for submission at CITES CoP17 Sep'16
Filming & Media Policy
Member of the media? Click here for information regarding filming, photographing or recording within Big Game Parks
BGP Press Releases
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Learn more about the Ngwenya Glass Rhino & Elephant Fund.
Big Game Parks (Hlane Royal National Park, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary and Mkhaya Game Reserve) are part of the Wild Card Program.
Discover the people who have had a personal material hand in the creation and conservation of Big Game Parks.
Your interest in supporting Big Game Parks and her conservation projects is highly appreciated. Click to view current projects in need of support.
About the 50th
On the 12th July 1964, Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary opened to the public. This day marked the beginning of formal conservation in the Kingdom of Swaziland.
In celebration of 50 years of Conservation, Big Game Parks is launching a series of Family Days at which children under 13 years will be given free access to Hlane Royal National Park and Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. Pre-booking is essential.
Mlilwane means Little Fire in siSwati, and as our very own little fire turns 50 this year, it joins hands with its neighbour, MTN BUSHFIRE, to turn up the heat during the celebrations!
12th July 2014
The 12th July 2014 is the big day representing 50 years of Imvelo Yakitsi - our heritage. Click here for the line up of events.