Who We Are

Stone Hills - a true sanctuary where animals are able to live free,
undisturbed lives in their natural environment


Stone Hills Wildlife Sanctuary and Research Centre lies in the north western Matobo district, an area renowned for its “kopjes”- the rolling granite hills that have, over countless millennia, been weathered into fantastic shapes and configurations.

Since we bought the land in 1989, we have transformed it from a degraded cattle ranch into a thriving wildlife sanctuary, haven to over 800 of the larger ungulates – ranging from giraffe to the little steenbuck –plus a multitude of the smaller animals  adapted to this rocky habitat.

 The Matobo Hills are renowned for their concentration of raptors and, in particular, the "Verreauxs' Eagle", a pair of whom have their nest on the sanctuary.  Leopard, too, have always been abundant in the hills, but they are now under increasing pressure from poaching and over-exploitation by hunters.  More information on their distribution and activities is vital and to this end, we have been able to radio-collar a young male and a resident female.  There is also a healthy population of the little-known brown hyena, with a number of den sites in the sanctuary. Unlike most other wildlife conservancies in Zimbabwe, Stone Hills is not run as a commercial hunting enterprise. Our focus is conservation, education and research -  with the interests of the animals and the land as our prime concern.


After an idyllic childhood in Zimbabwe's Bvumba mountains and ten years travelling the world, Bookey Peek became a lawyer, a profession she was only too happy to leave for a life in the bush.  

Like her husband, Richard, she is a professional safari guide, and was a winner of the prestigious Africa Geographic Travel Writer of the Year Award in 2003.

Richard Peek was born in Zimbabwe and raised on a farm in Mashonaland. After obtaining a degree in zoology, he spent fourteen years in the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management as a game ranger and then as an ecologist.  He later became curator of mammals at the National Museum of Natural History.   The winner of two Agfa photographic awards, Richard’s work has been published in magazines, calendars, travel brochures and books, including the Handbook of Birds of the World and Handbook of Mammals of the World.

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Stone Hills Wildlife is a registered Not for Profit organisation, registration number: xxxxxx (coming soon)