Is it too late? - Anti-poaching initiative launched by Jofie Lamprecht Safaris in Namibia
They have arrived. They are dying… or rather being slaughtered. Namibia is the latest African country where the serious onslaught of organized crime syndicates are paying local people to poach and hack elephant ivory and rhino horn from the heads of the animals that we as a country have looked after so well.
Christmas in Namibia saw these savages kill a 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 tripple this - especially in the case of Elephant. Our safari company found 7 Elephant carcasses in just a two weeks while on safari in the Caprivi in June. It is hard for us to believe that we found 10% of the poached Elephant in such a short amount of time...
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 the ground. By air and on the ground this daunting and important work must start immediately - if we are not too late.
From now on we will be involved in the following initiatives:
Affordable drone technology and training to be set up all over Namibia to patrol the skies silently and keep an eye out:
The drone project is an entity on its own and has already been well established: 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 heavily drawn from Bushmen tribes that currently have little or no opportunities for employment.
We are in contact with 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.
Jofie Lamprecht Safaris – specifically Jofie and Maryke Lamprecht will be the face of this effort in the US starting in January 2015.
Conservation Force and John Jackson have 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 U.S.
We look forward to your ideas and support. Please contact us if you would like more information.