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rhino monitoring officers


Our monitoring teams are all men of exceptional character. Rhino monitoring is a serious responsibility – not to mention potentially dangerous – and it requires people who are highly disciplined, honest and reliable. It’s not an easy job, involving hours of walking or driving on rough roads through the bush in the heat of the African sun, so our officers have to be extremely tough and resourceful.

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They all come from different backgrounds – Scara* was a research assistant, helping to track lions in the bush and Saul* was an officer in the military. When Max* came to the Okavango Delta, he had never seen a giraffe or a lion before. But they have one thing in common. Each of them was hand-picked for his field skills, tracking abilities and personal integrity, and his commitment to protecting Botswana’s rhinos.

*In order to protect their identities from poachers, we are not using our officers’ real names, nor photos of their faces, but nicknames we’ve given to them so we can share their incredible work with you, our supporters.

I wanted to work for Rhino Conservation Botswana because I am a Batswana and I am very proud that we have rhinos in my country. Today, rhino numbers are too low. I want them to breed, so that one day, our children and grandchildren may see them. Rhinos benefit our country - they attract tourists and tourism helps people to lift themselves out of poverty. We want everyone to come here and see these majestic animals for themselves.
— Rhino Monitoring Officer