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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 contain 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.
- Zijlma, Anouk. "The Big Five: Index". Africa for Visitors. About.com. Retrieved 2006-12-29.