June 21st, 2017
Save the Rhino Trust has released the music video, ‘Stand Together’, produced by a variety of Namibian artists such as Elemotho, Oteya, Esme Songbird & Metarere Tjiho, to spread the Conservation message and to collect much needed funds to support our quest to saving our rhinos.

Enjoy it!

You can donate to the Save The Rhino cause by following the link here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/SavetheRhinoTrust Save the Rhino Trust is a Namibian registered charity (W.O. 53) that works to protect and monitor the unique desert-adapted black rhino of the Kunene region in north-western Nambia.

This unique population of rhinos are among the last truly wild rhinos on earth – they are the only rhinos surviving on land with no formal protection, and constitute the largest free-ranging rhino population in the world, roaming across common, unfenced land.

Since its establishment in 1982, Save the Rhino Trust has used community-based conservation, employing local people as wildlife rangers, to monitor and protect the rhinos. Through collaboration with the Namibian Ministry of Education and Tourism, Save the Rhino Trust enabled the Kunene’s rhinos to recover from the brink of extinction. However, the current poaching crisis, which threatens all the world’s rhinos with extinction as soon as 2026, is spreading to Namibia and putting these amazing creature at risk once again.

April 17th, 2017


Conservation Triumph as Green Turtle returns to Nest

April 17, 2017 (South Africa) – Thanda Island, the truly exclusive Indian Ocean hideaway located off the Southern coast of Tanzania, was thrilled to welcome the most important of repeat visitors on 2nd April – a female Green Turtle who came ashore to lay her eggs on the beach between the boathouse and the helipad between the hours of 8-12pm.

Due to the endemic illegal fishing practices that had been taking place in the waters around Thanda Island, turtles had not been seen nesting on the island for seven years. However, over the last year the Thanda Island team had started to regularly see them swimming in the surrounding waters. They are thrilled that their persistent pleas for increased policing from the Marine Parks Authorities, together with their own presence in the area, has been rewarded.

Furthering their commitment to the conservation of the region’s sea turtles, Thanda Island works closely with the Tanzanian marine conservation NGO Sea Sense to address a shared concern for the marine biodiversity of these waters. Assisting with research, education and the broader engagement of the local communities in sea turtle conservation, they are able to encourage dialogue and communication around the importance of sea turtle conservation and threats to sea turtle survival to the local Swahili seafaring communities.

Although Sea Sense has worked hard to implement a series of successful measures to reduce the routine poaching of turtle nests off nearby Mafia Island, Sunday night’s success story is made all the more poignant as the practice sadly has not yet been completely abandoned on the smaller islands around Mafia. More than half of all nests laid in Tanzania each year are laid around Mafia Island.

Thanda’s 20 staff undergo regular turtle conservation training comprising essential field skills such as nest protection, relocation (should it be required) and post-hatching excavations to record hatching success. With a 55-day incubation period, the hatchlings are due on 27th May when they will make the heart-felt and determined dash to the seashore.

March 20th, 2017

Borana lodge had long had a cheeky Crested porcupine who regularly broke into unsecured rooms in search of snacks. He seemed to have a fondness for tormenting the poor lodge manager, Hunter – either that or Hunter must have catered for his specific tastes – as he followed his fridge into his new house.

Any door that wasn’t securely latched was fair game, be it pushed open with his bulk or pried open with his incisors.

I was running an Eco Training Safari Guide course at the time when Hunter finally got a new lock for his front door. Before it was installed, we decided to try and film the scoundrel in the act. With GoPros and camera traps all set to time lapse and plugged in to battery packs, it was only a matter of time before we caught our little culprit red handed.

Minutes after everyone was asleep, the prickly customer came knocking. Ignoring the clove of garlic, he went straight for the junk food – prized Nanyuki chips. His noisy chomping and drumming footfalls woke Hunter, Shaun and also poor Florence, who had the misfortune of living below deck. Sensing danger, the porcupine made a break for it just as Shaun Mousley came running in, having had no time to even change!

In the end, the locks did their job and the porcupine can thank us for forcing him on a diet.

Written by: Andreas Fox Video & story credit: Hunter Marrian- Borana Lodge Manage Photo credit: Holly Occhipinti

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