Rhino Rangers Namibia
2020 - Rhino Rangers Namibia - Donation of US$ 15,000

The collective efforts to protect Africa’s last truly wild population of black rhino in Namibia paid off. There was no rhino lost to poaching in 2019.

We have now gone 30 months (26 August 2017 - 25 February 2020) with ZERO poaching which is fantastic news. We are proud to support the Rhino Rangers and the Rhino Pride Campaing again in 2020 by donating US$ 15,000.

Conservancy Rhino Ranger Incentive Program Overview
In 2011, in the face of an escalating poaching threat, local community leaders and game guards saw the need to improve their capacity to protect the rhino on their lands and better fulfill their obligations as ‘Rhino Custodians’. A small group of dedicated field conservationists together with support from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism formed an informal working group that sought to provide targeted support to these Communal Rhino Custodians. The first initiative was to design and implement a programme to strengthen and expand the capacity for Communal Rhino Custodians to monitor the rhino on their lands.

The program was called Rhino Ranger Incentive Programme.

This program utilizes specialists from dedicated field based organizations, namely Save the Rhino Trust, Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation, Namibia Nature Foundation and Minnesota Zoo, to train a new generation of “rhino rangers”, highly talented groups of local people, chosen by and accountable to their communities to conduct rhino monitoring and, more recently, lead rhino tracking tourism activities and provide local outreach. The program provides an enhanced training curriculum, state of the art rhino monitoring and field patrol equipment, performance based cash bonuses and non monetary awards that enable and incentivize rhino ranger teams to complete quality patrols. Once rhino ranger teams acquire the basic skills needed to effectively monitor the rhino on their land and pending necessary approvals, training in rhino tourism will help guide the development of community led rhino tourism activities that would improve rhino security by generating the critical finances needed to sustain rhino monitoring and enhancing the value that people place on keeping rhino alive.

At the heart of this approach is the belief that a future for Africa’s wild rhino will only be secured when poaching is simply not tolerated by the local people, when rhino become more valuable alive than dead, and where innovative solutions grown from the grassroots are supported through authentic partnerships between Local Communities, Government , NGOs and Private Sector.

We deeply thank our main donors & partners, who’s gifts directly support the Conservancy Rhino Rangers: USAID, US INL, Houston Zoo, North Carolina Zoo, Minnesota Zoo Foundation, Great Plains Zoo, Phoenix Zoo, SwissAfrican Foundation, Conservation Travel Foundation, Nature Friend Safaris, Christian Dietrich Foundation, Nakara and Namdeb.
More success stories related to this project
2019 - Rhino Rangers Namibia - Donation of US$ 15,000

The collective efforts to protect Africa’s last truly wild population of black rhino in Namibia paid off. Overall, 2018 can be seen as yet another milestone year with the most important achievement - for the first time since the poaching began in 2012 – a full 12 months with ZERO poaching!
2018 - Rhino Rangers Namibia - Donation US$ 15,000

This amount is equivalent to the annual salary of Boas Hambo, the Ranger Field Coordinator of the Desert 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.