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.


Over 100 participants on the Department of Environmental Affairs’ Youth Environmental Services (YES) Programme received certificates from WESSA at a graduation ceremony held in Cape Town on 18 December.  With a year’s practical experience under their belts and training certificates in hand, these enthusiastic youths are now ready for the job market!


Gemfields PLC has made a donation to boost rhino anti-poaching surveillance.
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 2015 ‘source to sea’ expedition by three intrepid paddlers promoting river conservation.
WESSA has announced a record 82 Blue Flag sites for SA at 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.