Game reserves are large areas of land where wild animals live safely or are hunted in a controlled way for sport.
In a game reserve, ecosystems are protected and conservation is usually a key. Indigenous wildlife in its natural habitat help in providing an environment where growth in numbers at a natural rate can occur.
Some game reserves boast more than one ecosystem, sometimes even five, ranging from valley bushveld, savannah grassland and fynbos to riverine forest and acacia woodland; this provides a dramatic improvement on the types of wildlife that are present and the numerous species of birds that thrive on in these environments.
The biggest attraction is the Big Five game (Africa) - rhinoceros, elephant, buffalo, leopard and lion, named so because of the difficulty in hunting them and not their size, which is why the leopard is on the list and the hippopotamus is not.
- Zijlma, Anouk. "The Big Five: Index". Africa for Visitors. About.com. Retrieved 2006-12-29.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>