Save the Rhino Trust
2017 - Save the Rhino Trust with new vehicle - Donation of US$ 10,000

The SwissAfrican Foundation joined forces with the Wilderness Trust to cover the cost of a new vehicle for the Desert Rhino Trust in Namibia.

Many thanks to all donors!

The pictures show Foundation President Felix Ammann with Boas Hambo, Field Coordinator of the Desert Rhino Trust.

Activities to rescue the rhino in southern Africa
Report on a visit to the Kunene area in north-western Namibia. Read the field report by Felix Ammann here:

"The SwissAfrican Foundation aims to support projects that help protect wildlife in Africa, ensure the conservation of endangered species, prevent poaching and offer ecological education to local people, especially children. In this context, we are currently focusing our activities on supporting projects that protect southern Africa’s high-risk rhino population. With donations of CHF 80,000 in 2017, we were able to translocate two rhinos from South Africa to Botswana, and purchase an all-terrain vehicle for the Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia.

During a visit to the Kunene area in north-western Namibia in November 2017, I received a personal insight into the activities underway there to protect the black rhino. These activities are coordinated and executed by the Save the Rhino Trust. This NGO focuses its activities on three key areas: the continual monitoring of rhino on the ground by appropriately trained rangers, the intensive education of local communities with regard to the problem of increased rhino poaching, and the targeted leading of tourist groups to observe free-living rhinos.

The results show that the combination of these three activities is extremely effective. The continual monitoring of rhino by a double patrol (a rhino ranger and a member of the military police) restricts the movement of poachers considerably. Targeted information campaigns aimed at the local community highlight the negative consequences of poaching. This community relies heavily on jobs generated in the tourism sector: a lack of rhinos will lead to a significant decline in tourism, and this in turn to the loss of local jobs. Taking tourists on guided tours to observe rhino in the wild generates part of the funding needed to finance this programme. However, these locally generated funds are far from sufficient. These activities are thus financed for the greater part by highly focused, internationally active foundations such as the SwissAfrican Foundation.

he results show that the combination of these three activities is extremely effective. The continual monitoring of rhino by a double patrol (a rhino ranger and a member of the military police) restricts the movement of poachers considerably. Targeted information campaigns aimed at the local community highlight the negative consequences of poaching. This community relies heavily on jobs generated in the tourism sector: a lack of rhinos will lead to a significant decline in tourism, and this in turn to the loss of local jobs. Taking tourists on guided tours to observe rhino in the wild generates part of the funding needed to finance this programme. However, these locally generated funds are far from sufficient. These activities are thus financed for the greater part by highly focused, internationally active foundations such as the SwissAfrican Foundation."

November 2017 Felix Ammann, President of the Foundation