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Save the Rhino Trust

Save the Rhino Trust nurtures a unique rhino program in the Damaraland and Kaokoland regions of northwest Namibia. The approach is simple, yet effective: offer poachers a more secure livelihood as wildlife guards. Community rangers regularly patrol the habitat of the desert adapted black rhinos, as well as educate community members on the value of the rhinos to the economic welfare of the community.

This is the only desert-specific population of black rhino on earth. These desert regions are one of the places in the world that support 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.

The communities in Damaraland and Kaokoland have formed communal conservancies, which are partnerships between the local community and the Namibian government. Local communities are fully involved in the ownership and management of their natural resources and wildlife. The communities are actively embracing low volume sustainable tourism. Profits from the lodges and wildlife viewing flow directly into the local conservancies with elected community members making decisions about how the money is spent. This is wildlife viewing without the crowds with upscale accommodations and good value accommodations available.

Deeper Africa guests can spend a day trekking black rhinos on foot with the community guides. After 30 years of work by Save the Rhino Trust, rhino numbers have increased five-fold and the regions are home to the largest concentration of black rhino surviving on land that has no conservation status. Accompany the scouts and guides for rhino trekking while enjoying the company of staff drawn from the local communities.

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Watch Rhino Tracking in Namibia with Save the Rhino Trust