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.
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 12 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
*As at November 2019