Our Afrika Safaris is honored to share the amazing conservation efforts of our partner Wilderness Safaris on behalf of the critically endangered black rhino population. Their pivotal work results from partnerships with respective regional governments and their passionate dedication to rhino preservation. This is an edit of Wilderness’ original article
sent out in July, 2015.
We will reside for three days at Jao Camp at the end of our May, 2016 “Spirit of Botswana” Journey. Jao is located in the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta, and is one of Wilderness’ ultra-luxurious, premier camps.
Our Afrika Safaris donates a portion of each safari to Save The Rhino and the World Wildlife Fund.
“Such a complex operation requires an enormous amount of planning, paperwork, extraordinary partnerships and untiring efforts of a wide range of people. In particular, the high level of cooperation between the Governments of Botswana and Zimbabwe and three South African provinces has made this chapter of our 15-year-long Botswana Rhino Conservation Project a tremendous success, of which the entire conservation community and the nation of Botswana can be extremely proud,” says Map Ives, Wilderness Safaris Environmental Manager and National Rhino Coordinator for Botswana.
The last in a series of international relocations took place in May and June. The rhinos were sourced from five South African and Zimbabwean locations and safely transported to Botswana in a Hercules C130 aircraft. In an unprecedented state and private sector collaboration, the Botswana Defense Force provided the aircraft and expert crew.
Given the enormous responsibility of constant monitoring and protecting of what is now a population of continental significance, this important work continues to be undertaken by Wilderness Safaris’ Rhino Monitoring Officers, the Botswana Defence Force and the Department of Wildlife and National Parks’ specialized ‘Anti-Poaching Unit.’
Botswana continues to combat wildlife crime: the Botswana Defense Force upgraded its Mission Statement to declare wildlife protection as its “main mission.” Earlier this year, the Minister of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism secured the budget for recruiting, equipping and training a 50-man specialist “Rhino Squad” whose sole duty will be to patrol and protect Botswana rhino.