Anti-Poaching Unit
As is the case across Africa, poaching is an increasing challenge.
Poaching has evolved rapidly from using wire snares to commercial poaching for the bush meat market using more sophisticated methods.

Watch the work of the Anti-Poaching Unit from Rex O. Masupe, Head of the Anti-Poaching Unit.

In order to protect the wildlife under our care we have adapted to the ever-present threat of poaching by establishing a highly skilled and motivated anti-poaching unit (APU). They engage in gathering intelligence, conducting surveillance and patrolling in both targeted and random operations. In addition to their anti- poaching responsibilities, the APU also responds to reports of human-induced wildlife injuries or deaths.

Our rangers are passionate about conservation and wildlife protection

As the frontline defence and deterrence in our efforts to combat poaching, our well-trained, highly mobile team of armed rangers act throughout Notugre to ensure it remains safe for people and wildlife.

This project covers:

  • Training and employment of 14 APU officers
  • Training and employment of 12 Gate Guards
  • Creation and operation of APU base camps and fly camps and a centralised control office
  • Supply of vehicles and equipment

“We conducted operations together with the Botswana Defence Force and confirmed that armed poachers are locating themselves at strategic locations where the Notugre fence is broken. They wait for game to appear, then shoot it and recover carcasses by driving through the fence.”

– Rex Masupe, Lead Anti-Poaching officer

Funds granted
3 year project target
BWP 14,900,000
BWP 6,660,245
APU Rangers
Snares Removed
Gate Guards
Base Camps
Mobile Fly Camps

Figures as at 6 March 2023

Some plain truths
Notugre's elephant population is one of the largest in Africa.
This is a highlight for visiting wildlife enthusiasts. Notugre is also home to; lion, leopard, cheetah, serval, caracal and African wild cat.
The Species
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Tuli Fence Upgrade
We have completed the initial 28.8km of the fence and are now embarking on a further 11km rebuild. This fence is critical to keeping both communities and elephant safe.
Community Outreach
We help local communities engage with nature and share fairly in its benefits through education and empowerment.