The area that was to become Jwana Game Park was initially a fenced Mine Lease Area surrounding Jwaneng mine, populated by limited numbers of Hartebeest, Wildebeest, Springbok, Ostrich and other smaller animals.
Jwana Game Park This Game Park is situated around the Jwaneng Mine lease area. It is the home to a variety of animals including Zebras, Wildbeast and some rare predators like the Cheetah.
During devastating droughts in 1985, large herds of hartebeest migrated towards this area in search of water. Over 100 hartebeest managed to break through the fences into the lease area.
Several waterholes were built in 1986 and 1987, and the influx of animals resulted in an increase in poaching in the area. In late 1987 the external security fence was raised, both to improve mine security and protect the wildlife.
Since then, the park has increased in size from 5926 hectares to 19085 hectares, and animals have been imported, both to introduce new blood, and to reintroduce animal species that previously occupied the area. The park has been fenced with electrified fencing, and 12 water holes fed with pipes from the mine’s water system have been built.
Jwana game park has Red Hartebeest, Impala, Springbok, Steenbok, Duiker, Wildebeest, Gemsbok (Oryx) Kudu, Eland, Giraffe, Zebra, Warthog, Baboon, Cheetah, Ostrich, Leopard, Caracal and numerous smaller animal species.
The development of the Orapa and Jwana game parks disproves the traditional image of mining companies being a threat to conservation, but rather shows Debswana to be an active player in revitalising these areas for the benefit of all.