Monitoring the rhino population of Botswana

Timeframe: 2017 - 2018
Country/Region: Botswana, Africa
Partner: Rhino Conservation Botswana

Following the re-introduction of over 100 white rhinoceros and forty two black rhinoceros to the wilds of northern Botswana, making approximately the total number of rhinos in the wilds of the country, Rhino Conservation Botswana (RCB) has set out to build a project which will provide protection and monitoring services to these rhinos.

The project, supported by Fondation Segré and in collaboration with the Botswana Department of Wildlife and National Parks, will be providing men and equipment to physically follow and report on the biological performance of the rhinos in the bush, as well as providing back-up for the government officers in the field doing antipoaching patrols. In particular, RCB will increase the coverage of patrols through the recruitment of more rangers, the purchase of equipment and cars, the implementation of the SMART system and the establishment of a new operation base in Maun.

Hopefully, this will turn into ensuring a safe environment for future trans-locations from neighbouring countries in order to reach RCB’s National Goal of achieving a minimum population of over 250 white rhinos and to have a minimum population of 80 black rhinos in the wilds of Botswana by the year 2020.