PC realized the loss to conservation, suffered generations ago when the last Seekoei River hippo were shot in the late 1700 hundreds. Being a conservationist at heart he decided to take action and initiated a hippo reintroduction project in 2000. It would eventually take 6 years for this project to bear fruit, but in 2006 a small hippo breeding group was eventually released on the then recently established Karoo Gariep Conservancy (est. 2005). For his contribution to conservation he was awarded the SANParks Kudu Award. In 2015 PC moved to have the Karoo Gariep Conservancy formally proclaimed as the Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve.
The Karoo Seekoei River Nature Reserve vision came about after the success of the hippo re-introduction program and proclamation of the Karoo Gariep Nature reserve. PC figured, why stop here, why not have the entire Seekoei River as a conservation area? This ambitious initiative will encompass an area of 450 000 hectares in size, from Kompasberg (near Nieu Bethesda) in the south all along the Seekoei River to the Doornkloof Nature Reserve where the river exits into the Vanderkloof Dam. This initiative has partnered with the Northern Cape Department of Environment and Conservation (DENC), and the first phase of the project, consisting of 5 private landowners (representing 35 000 hectares) is well under way towards formal proclamation.
PC is also in the process of finalizing a pilot project to assist with rhino conservation. The project would offer the opportunity to guests in assisting game rangers with observation and safe guarding of wild rhinos. Watch this space for further developments and initiation of project.