It has been a tough year for everyone here in the Okavango Delta – the farmers, the villagers, the wildlife, the trees and for us at Rhino Conservation Botswana. A combination of poor summer rains with a meagre winter flood led to severe drought conditions across the Delta this year. The effect of the drought was further exacerbated by a series of devastating fires across the Okavango, removing what remained of the graze and browse. Over the year we have witnessed serious conflict between large mammals over water, dehydration of the old, sick and injured and dramatic movement of elephant, buffalo and rhino across the Delta in search of grass, browse and water.
Crippled by the drought and fires, we received a further blow when poachers moved into the Delta, mercilessly killing our precious rhinos and undoing our hard work. But we do not give up easily, and we have risen to the challenge, increasing our efforts on all fronts. We thank all of you who have stood by our side over this difficult time. We could not do this without you.
We hope that the tide is turning, as we have recently been blessed by the return of the rains and our rhino births still outnumber poaching losses. With your support we know that we can achieve our goal of increasing rhino numbers in Botswana, creating significant black and white rhino populations that will buffer these species against global extinction.