Mary Hastag, RCB Community Liaison Officer (Botswana)

Mary Hastag, RCB Community Liaison Officer (Botswana)

Led by our newly-hired community liaison officer, Mary Hastag, RCB champions community-led conservation, so that people living near our reintroduced rhinos understand the value that rhinos and their habitat can bring to their communities, feel a sense of national pride in the rhinos and see themselves as active participants in conservation efforts. 

By offering tangible benefits to the presence of rhinos in the area, we help to position rhinos as economic assets for the community. This strengthens our surveillance of the rhinos and increases information sharing to combat the illegal killing of rhinos and other wildlife.

Our new community programme includes the establishment of a Rhino Education & Visitor Centre in 2018. Based at RCB’s headquarters in Maun, the Centre will serve as a facility to educate, inform, and inspire local communities, school children and tourists and provide a base for visiting scientists and conservationists. Keep an eye on our News pages for more information about this exciting project.

“Ultimately, conservation is about people. If you don’t have sustainable development around these (wildlife) parks, the people will have no interest in them and the parks will not survive”
— Nelson Mandela