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Over the past six months, our ground-based conservation partners have continued to work around the clock to prevent rhino-poaching in Namibia and to protect one the world’s last remaining desert-adapted black rhino populations.
With the support of DSWF, the anti-poaching and monitoring teams operating in the Kunene and Erongo regions have logged a huge 38,155 km of vehicle and foot patrols over the past six-months. Their presence acts as a key deterrent to ‘would be poachers’ in the area.
The last rhino poaching incident in the region was in August 2020 meaning that almost 18 months have now passed without an incident. This is a significant decline in comparison to the 2014-2016 period where 30 animals were lost to poachers. These statistics highlight the direct impact of DSWF funding which is allowing the stable growth of the black rhino population nationally across Namibia.
In Asia our, our ground-based conservation partners are working to secure the future of the one horned rhino in Assam. During the past 6 months, DSWF have continued to support two K9 units in Assam which provide critical support to law enforcement efforts.
- Babli (the dog) and Goura (the handler) have been operating in the Orang National Park which covers 78km² of prime rhino habitat. Babli has given some vital clues to forest officials on stolen camera traps alongside two illegal killings of wild boar.
- Jubi (the dog) and Sanatan Mali (the handler) have been stationed in the Baguri Range of Kaziranga.
Combined, the two dog units have patrolled a total of 540km of prime rhino habitat. Alongside the K9 units, DSWF have supported field agents to continue their visits to field sites in order to gather information and monitor the movement of suspects involved in wildlife crime. Nine reports have been shared with enforcement agencies leading to eight arrests of individuals involved in wildlife crime.
DSWF have also continued our long-term support of an education and youth engagement programme which promotes coexistence between humans and rhinos. During the reporting period, 13 workshops were held reaching over 380 children.
The Bigger Picture
Over the past 12 months, DSWF have continued our 37-year legacy of providing unwavering support to protect some of the world’s most endangered species. Over the course of 2022 we will continue to support our long-term conservation partners to protect wildlife, tackle wildlife crime and reduce poaching threats alongside engaging and supporting more community groups working to protect wildlife.
Thanks to your help, we have granted over £11 million in direct conservation support to turn the tide on extinction.
On behalf of everyone at DSWF and the wildlife we fight to protect, Thank You.