Wilderness Safaris has long stood out for its dedication to conserving Africa’s wilderness and protecting its wildlife. The Wilderness Wildlife Trust, which was set up by Wilderness Safaris to run alongside but independently from its lodges and safaris, undertakes ambitious projects to monitor and better understand species, as well as providing protection and supporting local communities in preserving the wildlife around them.
Among the initiative’s long-running programmes is the successful Botswana Rhino Reintroduction Project. A collaborative effort between Wilderness Safaris, the Wilderness Wildlife Trust, the Botswana government and Botswana’s Department of Wildlife has resulted in the successful reintroduction of black and white rhinos into the vast landscape of the Okavango Delta. Since the project began in 2001, rhinos have gradually been reintroduced here, with the birth of rhino calves adding to the success of these efforts. Monitoring, anti-poaching efforts and re-location of wayward animals back to safety continue to benefit the species.
Adding to this, the Wilderness Wildlife Trust’s ‘Save the Rhino Trust Tracker Support’ effort provides training in rhino monitoring skills to conservancy rangers in the Kunene region of Namibia, which is where Wilderness Safaris’ Serra Cafema camp lies.