Following on from Sanctuary Retreats’ involvement in the successful translocation of a substantial number of black and white rhino to the Moremi Reserve in Botswana in 2016, the luxury boutique safari operator has recently initiated a new monitoring program of the growing local rhino population within the Reserve.
By studying the behaviour of the rhino, the team hopes to learn more about the dangerously endangered species’ territories, foraging and breeding habits. More specifically it is looking to determine the impact and effect of translocation on both the rhino and the environment into which they have been relocated, to assess whether the surrounding area can sustain and support more rhino.
To facilitate the program, Sanctuary Retreats has recruited two dedicated Monitoring Assistants, Ollie and Kandu, who will be based out of the company’s flagship Sanctuary Chief’s Camp located on Chief’s Island in the heart of the Moremi Game Reserve. To enable Ollie and Kandu monitor and observe rhino effectively throughout the 5,000 square kilometre Moremi Game Reserve, the Company has provided the duo with their own vehicle mounted with a GPS unit, computer and radio, which is also equipped with the latest tracking software and camera equipment so that they can easily pinpoint and identify specific rhino populations within the Reserve.
Prior to commencing in their current roles, Ollie and Kandu both trained extensively with the Mombo Rhino Monitoring Team and Botswana’s Anti-Poaching Unit, and Sanctuary Retreats believes that the ongoing collaboration between these organisations, and also Rhino Conservation Botswana, with local camp and lodge operators is an essential step towards safeguarding Botswana’s rhino population.
Guests staying at Sanctuary Retreats Camp will have a unique opportunity to meet with Ollie and Kandu and find out how the Okavango Delta’s rhino population is thriving.
Sanctuary Chief’s Camp is priced from US$1,180 per person twin share for 1 – 2 nights, with savings of up to 40% for stays of 3 or more nights at any combination of Sanctuary Retreats’ African camps and lodges including Sanctuary Chief’s Camp.