A Commitment to Conservation
Giraffe & Rhino
The Camel Thorn trees (Acacia erioloba) that thrive here, thanks to the ephemeral rivers that flood during the rainy season, provide sustenance for the Angolan giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis angolensis), also known as the Namibian giraffe. Listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as a vulnerable species, giraffes reached a low point in the 1990s. Conservation helped halt the decline, but the population has shrunk 40% in the past 30 years. Only about 68,000 giraffes are left in the wild. One of nine subspecies, the Angolan giraffe that roams the desert landscape in Namibia numbers about 12,000.
The Namibian landscape is also ideally suited to the black rhino (Diceros bicornis), which, not so long ago, nearly disappeared forever, hunted almost to extinction by poachers. By the mid-1990s, the population in Africa had plunged by 98 percent – only 2,500 remained. Tireless conservation efforts have increased that number, nearly doubling the population to about 5,000, but the species remains on the critically endangered list.
Today, Namibia is home to the world’s last free-ranging population of black rhino – about 1,700 animals that amount to about one third of the world’s total black rhino population. Conservative estimates by Namibia’s Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism suggest that up to ten black rhinos could be sustainably housed in the pro-Namib area we are proposing to conserve – an exciting conservation project for the future of the new reserve.
Oryx, springbok, mountain zebra, and other ungulates are also abundant here. Spotted and brown hyena, leopards, cheetah, ostriches, bat-eared foxes, and aardwolves can all be found. Much of this land is managed for large scale ecosystem protection, including the famous NamibRand Nature Reserve. The 200,000 ha (nearly 500,000 acres) private reserve has become a model for conservation and low-impact ecotourism, and the reserve shares a 100 km (about 60 mi) border with the Namib-Naukluft National Park (5 million ha), the largest game park in Africa and the fourth largest in the world. The well-established conservation management practices that have been developed here provide a clear synergy and management cost-saving for the new 100,000 ha (250,000 acres) NamibRand East Wilderness Reserve.
The NamibRand Conservation Trust
The NamibRand Conservation Trust was established in March 2020 in order to facilitate the acquisition of land for conservation and to raise funds for the Environment.