SRT protecting Namibia's rhinos for more than 36 years
Save the Rhino Trust Namibia has worked tirelessly to protect the desert-adapted black rhino of the Kunene and Erongo regions. From the point of near extinction, the rhino population has rebounded, and SRT is proud to be part of this success.
SRT operates in a remote, rugged area of more than a million hectares, with few fences, no national park status and no controls over who goes in or out. Working closely with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, local communities and NGOs, our dedicated teams of trackers go out on daily patrols to monitor this last truly free-ranging population of black rhino in the world.
But there is no time for complacency. Organized crime syndicates are here, acting with military precision and targeting our rhinos, and we are intensifying our efforts in the face of this grave threat.
The Kunene and Erongo Regions (formally Damaraland and Kaokoland), is in the northwest of Namibia, covering an area of approximately 25,000 km². The rhino range includes tourism concessions (currently managed by Wilderness Safaris) and communal conservancies, such as Doro Nawas, Huab, Uukwaluudhi, Torra, Omatendeka, and Khoadi Hoas.
The climate is incredibly dry and arid in this region with temperatures ranging from below zero to above 40°C. The scattered and sporadic rainfall influences where the indigenous animals, including rhinos, graze.
This region is one of the few deserts in the world that supports such a wide variety of mammals including desert elephant, lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena, zebra and a wide variety of antelope - not forgetting the rhino of course.
Thanks to the on-going and generous support of various donor organisations and individuals, SRT has proved its sustainability over a period of 36 years. SRT's formal Memorandum of Understanding with MET serves as recognition of the value of the work done by the Trust in assisting the Ministry in the protection of black rhino over three decades.
However, despite strong worldwide and local support, various funding gaps remain each year, and our donor's support have been essential.
Visiting the Kunene Region
The Kunene is a vast, rugged and remote wilderness, with a special beauty of its own that is impossible to describe in words. If you wish to enjoy both the very special landscape and a once-in-a-lifetime rhino-tracking experience on foot with one of the SRT tracking teams to see the unique desert-adapted black rhino, visit Wilderness Safaris’ Desert Rhino Camp.
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