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Protecting Rhinos Through Teamwork

MYD Earth travelled to Koakoveld and Damaraland with Wilderness Safaris, to find out first hand about Namibian conservation successes. At Wereld’s End, in the howling wind, two legends of Namibian conservation, Garth Owen-Smith and Dr. Margaret Jacobson, shared with us on the fight against rhino poaching and community involvement. This is a story of heroes and success in conservation through teamwork

Photo by Annabelle Venter

“A remarkable thing has happened in Kunene in the last few years, which is a teacher to the rest of Africa that has got rhinos. We in the communal areas of Kunene have been able to seriously slow rhino poaching, but the important point is we’ve also been able to make arrests.”

In this episode of the MYD Earth Show, we speak to Garth Owen-Smith and Dr. Margaret Jacobson, two highly respected and awarded conservationists who were instrumental in the formation of our communal conservancy program.

“Unlike anywhere else where rhino poaching is happening, Kunene conservancies and their Traditional Leaders; NGO’s; Government and the police all working together, have been able to make a huge impact.”

Photo by Annabelle Venter

In this MYD Earth podcast we find out:

  • How Rhino poaching has been slowed down in Kunene using teamwork
  • The involvement of community members in the fight against poaching
  • Decisions that were taken at the time of Namibian Independence that is helping to protect Namibian wildlife today

Take a listen to the MYD Earth Show with Garth Owen-Smith and Dr. Margaret Jacobson, here :