Save the Rhino Trust (SRT) Namibia
The Save the Rhino Trust (SRT) Namibia was founded in 1982 with the mandate to monitor and conduct research on the desert-dwelling rhinos in the Kunene region. With support from the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC), the Namibian Association of CBNRM Support Organisations (NACSO), conservancies and local community members, SRT is proud to be part of the drive ensuring that the rhino population has grown and expanded over the past three decades.
SRT is the only rhino conservation group in Namibia that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism. SRT works tirelessly to protect the last, free-roaming population of black rhinos (Diceros bicornis bicornis) left in the world. Covering an area of 25,000 km2, SRT's trackers come from local communities and possess a deep knowledge of rhinos and their surroundings. Their skills are tested during long patrols, on foot in an area with no national park status, no fences and no controls over who enters and exits.
In close collaboration with Government, Namibian Police, local communities and national and international partners, SRT's efforts are central to achieving the aims of:
- monitoring and evaluating the rhino population
- enhancing security of the rhino
- providing benefits to the community through conservation.