Our Commitment

Natural Selection is fully committed to making a significant positive impact on wildlife conservation in Africa. We have pledged 1.5% of our total revenue (turnover) to conservation. In our first year of operation, this amounted to 40% of our profit. We are fully committed and proud of the important work our team and our partners are doing in the field.

Our Projects

Here are our current long-term projects. Keep your eye out for our biannual conservation newsletter with all of our conservation activities. If you would like to help us make an even greater impact on conservation, come visit us and/or make a donation to the Natural Selection Conservation Trust: Or make a US tax deductible donation to our Trust through Wild Entrust International.

Makgadikgadi Conservation Initiative: supporting Africa’s longest large mammal migration

Partner: Round River Conservation Studies

This project aims to support and expand large mammal migration routes between northern Botswana and Makgadikgadi National Park and the Kalahari Desert. Before the1960’s, this area held the longest and possibly the largest migration of zebra and wildebeest in Africa, which was abruptly cut short by land use changes requiring extensive fencing. Amazingly, the migration has re-emerged over the last decade, pushing through old fences and small-hold farms. We aim to unrestrict this movement by working alongside local communities and all stakeholders to develop land use plans that benefit all and allow this epic migration to flourish.

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Leopard population dynamics and conservation in the Khwai area

Partner: Botswana Predator Conservation Trust and the University of New South Wales

Little is known about the leopard population on the edge of the Moremi Reserve, except that they have a safe haven within the large tracts of mopane woodland in this area but are not tolerated in villages and on farms. Within the Khwai Private Reserve, we have an opportunity to determine territory locations, sizes, overlap, and threats to leopards residing well inside the private reserve versus those at shorter distances from villages. This research will not only inform us on survival strategies and intraspecific interactions of leopard in this area but also initiate surveying of the unexplored northern reaches of this reserve.

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Herbivore and bird surveying in Khwai Private Reserve

Partner: Round River Conservation Studies / Okavango Research Institute

Researchers have been surveying the herbivore and bird populations in Khwai Private Reserve across different seasons looking at population sizes and distribution. Furthermore, alongside the Okavango Research Institute, the team has been busy testing and developing guidelines on efficient surveying techniques that can be broadly implemented by government, researchers, and land managers across Botswana.

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Desert-dwelling giraffe conservation in northwest Namibia

Partner: Giraffe Conservation Foundation

The Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) are the foremost experts on giraffe in the world. They are based in Namibia but their work extends beyond Namibia into Zambia, Niger, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda, with their pioneering focus being on desert giraffe in northwest Namibia. Through their extensive work on the ground and partnerships with zoos and universities, GCF have identified four distinct species of giraffe, whereas before there was thought to be only one. This finding has elevated the conservation importance of the different populations. Concurrently, the hunting pressure on giraffe in northwest Namibia has increased while rainfall has decreased, putting Namibia’s iconic desert giraffe under threat. Hence, the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, together with Natural Selection and Hoanib Valley Camp will create a strong consistent presence in northwest Namibia to monitor desert giraffe and further understand population dynamics of the most arid reach of this southern giraffe sub-species.

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Anti-poaching in Etosha Heights, Namibia

Partner: Etosha Heights special rangers

A first-rate anti-poaching camp and team has been established inside the reserve to protect the rhino population in this area and to prevent illegal bushmeat hunting along the boundaries of the reserve. The dedicated rangers go through regular intensive training and are dispatched 24 hours a day.

Vulture restaurant in Etosha Heights, Namibia

Partner: Etosha Heights

A significant threat to vultures is poisoning on farmlands, which has contributed to a steady decline of all vulture species in this area. A common tactic for ridding a farm of large carnivores, a perceived threat to livestock, is to leave out poisoned carcasses. This also impacts negatively on smaller carnivores and scavengers, particularly vultures. Etosha Heights has established a vulture restaurant to encourage vultures to only feed inside the protected area and to supplement food resources for fledglings.

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Connecting conservation classrooms: educating Botswana’s children and Botswana’s young visitors on the value of wildlife, self respect and respect of the environment.

Partner: Coaching for Conservation

This project uses Natural Selection lodges as the visitor “classrooms” where young visitors can partake in an integrated kids conservation program similar to what local children experience through Coaching for Conservation (C4C). Young visitors can then bring Africa’s conservation messages and the C4C link back to their own overseas classrooms and begin a long-term relationship with Botswana, its wildlife and its local young conservationists.

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