The poachers have have arrived. The animals are dying … or rather being slaughtered! Namibia is the latest African country where the serious onslaught of organized crime syndicates is paying local people to poach and hack Elephant ivory and Rhino horn from their heads. Animals that we collectively and as a country have looked after so well. Christmas in Namibia saw the savage poachers kill an already de-horned black rhino cow and calf for what was left of their horns.
A confirmed 79 elephant and 22 rhino have been slaughtered in Namibia in the year 2014. In this vast and sparsely populated country many carcasses most probably lie unfound. The number could be double or triple – especially in the case of elephant. Our safari company found 7 elephant carcasses in just two weeks while on safari in the Caprivi in June. It is hard to believe that we found 10% of the poached Elephant in such a short amount of time… Therefore it is time for the talking to stop and words to be replaced with action.
Jofie Lamprecht Safaris has decided to invest time and resources in helping the battle against these international syndicates by protecting the animals on. By air and on the ground this daunting and important work must start immediately – if we are not too late. From now on Jofie Lamprecht Safaris will be involved in the following initiatives:
• Affordable drone technology deploying Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and training to be set up all over Namibia. The drone project has been initiated by the Next Generation Conservation Trust Namibia and is already been well established: Funded and driven by the Namibian business community, this not-for-profit trust has as its sole aim to put large swatches of Namibia’s conservancies and reserves under constant aerial surveillance. To learn more about the Trust go to http://www.nextgenconservation.com.
• Mobile anti-poaching units that can react on intel from the drones or other reports. The anti-poaching units will be recruited from Bushmen tribes that currently have little or no opportunities for employment.
• Ex-special forces operators that will assist with the training and knowledge they have gained in active combat. This is set to become a full scale war against these well-funded criminals.
Conservation Force and John J Jackson III pledged their support for this project. All prospective donors can send funds to Conservation Force as an official donation that will qualify for a tax write-off in the United States. Jofie and Maryke Lamprecht will be in the US during the Convention season in January and February to gather additional input and explain details on the project. You can also contact Jofie by email at email@example.com and request a pdf file with the informative Contributors Prospectus of the Next Generation Conservation Trust Namibia.
Authors: Jofie and Maryke Lamprecht