To ensure the long-term security of the desert-adapted black rhino of the Kunene and Erongo Regions and prevent poaching and other illegal activities, these funds will be used to provide the training and operational expenses necessary to conduct anti-poaching patrols and rhino monitoring, to conduct aerial surveillance, and to liaise with law enforcement officials if suspicious activities or threats to rhinos are encountered, and to conduct scene-of-the-crime investigations. (2016)
Former Project Title:
- A proactive Approach to combatting black Rhino Poaching in the Kunene and Erongo community areas of Namibia (2015-2016)
- Strengthening Save the Rhino Trust’s capacity to better protect the black rhinos of the Kunene and Erongo Regions in Namibi (2014-2015)
- This grant will support capacity building and specialized training of the Namibian organization that coordinates field patrolling and monitoring of desert black rhino (Diceros bicornis bicornis) in community areas. Specific activities include training courses for senior staff and operating costs necessary for ground patrols, aerial surveillance, and regular monitoring of individual rhinos in order to estimate population distribution and size and better focus security efforts.