Two very special puppies have been selected for a pioneering role with Rhino Conservatin Botswana (RCB). The malinois (or Belgian shepherd) pups will be the first canines to work as wildlife guardians in northern Botswana, helping to deter poachers and keep wildlife safe.
In June, Rhino Conservation Botswana (RCB) was proud to assist President Ian Khama and the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) with a delicate operation – relocating four rhinos across Botswana.
RCB is delighted that its newest recruits have been despatched into the bush on their first field assignments. Their existing skills will be assessed by experts, they will be trained in rhino behaviour, and they will re-open monitoring tracks around the Okavango Delta. Let's find out how they got on...
Map Ives, Director of Rhino Conservation Botswana (RCB), was in Basel on Monday 26 June thanking Swiss donors for their support. Their generosity has made Switzerland a world leader in the fight to prevent white and black rhinos from being poached to extinction.
Thanks to the honesty of three men working on a remote cattle outpost, two of Botswana’s rare black rhinos are safely back where they belong. Map Ives went to thank them...
This week, Rhino Conservation Botswana’s director Map Ives and Regional Wildlife Officer Tim Blackbeard visited a remote cattle post in Makgadikgadi Pans to personally thank three men for helping to protect two black rhinos.
Last time, we told you that two black rhinos had wandered off on their own little adventure. To keep these precious animals safe, RCB scrambled a rescue team to capture and return them to the Moremi Game Reserve, where they can be kept under our monitors’ watchful eyes. But the operation wasn’t all plain sailing.
RCB's friends at Safari Footprints are raising money to translocate a family of rhinos from poaching hotspots in South Africa to safer and more secure environments here in Botswana, where they will be well protected by RCB and the Botswana government.
The cost of moving one rhino is USD $45,000. To help raise the funds, Safari Footprints is raffling two breathtaking luxury safaris valued at USD 50,000 and USD 75,000 respectively.
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Earlier this month, two black rhinos had to be rescued by RCB when they went ‘walk about’ in a potentially dangerous area...
When the quick-thinking security team at a remote outpost in northeast Botswana call the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) to say they have spotted a female black rhino and her large calf, Map Ives, RCB's director, sets about mobilising a team to bring these important animals back to safety – and fast!
Here at RCB in Maun, we’re very excited to have taken delivery of our new rhino monitoring vehicles.
These sturdy trucks are specially adapted to cope with the unique challenges posed by the watery environment of the Okavango Delta – and fulfil their important mission: to keep Botswana’s rhinos safe.
So what makes these vehicles so special? Find out more here...
RCB’s Director Map Ives chats to Swedish journalist Mats Ögren Wanger from Veckans Affärer – Sweden’s leading business magazine – about protecting rhinos, joined-up thinking, ecotourism and the need for worldwide support.
“Innovation to me is to take an existing problem and look at it differently, with new eyes,” says Map, the brain behind the Botswana Government’s innovative approach to rhino conservation.
Find out more about the thinking behind RCB, the need to give black and white rhinos a safe haven from the poaching crisis – and how you can help.
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RCB’s good friend, Angie Rawlinson, is planning an incredible journey to help raise awareness and funds for rhino conservation. We’re incredibly grateful to Angie for her endless support. Please read her inspiring story, meet Rafi, our hitchhiking rhino, and find out how you can support her and the rhinos...
Recently, we’ve been incredibly impressed to hear about the fundraising efforts of some of RCB’s youngest supporters.
Last year, three young rhino-lovers decided to do something to help Rhino Conservation Botswana (RCB) protect more wild rhinos in Botswana. After Halloween, nine-year-old Caylyn, Molly and Sadie had more sweets than they could possibly eat, so they decided to sell them to raise money for rhino conservation.
Rhino Conservation Botswana (RCB) is proud to announce that, today, His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales becomes a Patron of RCB. He will add his voice to that of Botswana’s Honourable Minister Tshekedi Khama to help raise awareness of the plight of Africa’s black and white rhinos and inspire positive action.
The announcement comes after Prince Harry visited Botswana last September, when he joined Map Ives and Kai Collins in the Okavango Delta on a sensitive operation to fit state-of-the-art electronic tracking devices to critically endangered black rhinos.
We are delighted to announce that, after completing a thorough habitat assessment, and despite a fierce drought in northern Botswana, we can confirm that rhino translocations can go ahead next year. Watch this space for more news of our exciting plans.
We love it when rhino-lovers come together and do their bit to help rhinos! This summer, Ruth Nussbaum and Kyle de Nobrega launched an adventurous campaign called “One Lake, One Rhino” to raise the funds to buy one precious black rhino for Botswana.
The courageous and committed pair tackled a 60-day unassisted paddle on lake Tanganyika, one of the world’s most remote and wild lakes. They raised a magnificent $25,073, which was match funded by one generous donor, bringing the total to more than $50,000. It just shows what we can achieve, together.
In September, they handed over the cheque to Wilderness Wildlife Trust’s Botswana Rhino Reintroduction Project to contribute towards the next translocation of rhinos – in association with RCB – next spring.
The popular Wildlife Photographer of the Year blog on London’s Natural History Museum website featured two gripping stories by RCB photographer Neil Aldridge in October 2015. Neil’s photo stories transported readers to northern Botswana, taking them into the skies over Moremi Game Reserve spotting rhinos and getting a drenching out tracking.