What does it take to curtail rhino poaching? Lessons learned from twenty years of experience at Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, Zimbabwe

Mike B Ball, Colin M Wenham, Bruce William Clegg, Sarah B Clegg


A successful, reserve-level, rhino anti-poaching strategy based on seven fundamental pillars of management is described. Of the seven management areas, leadership, intelligence and funding are considered the most important. Limitations of the method are discussed and comparisons made with other strategies. While the approach may not be applicable under all circumstances, the underlying philosophy of striving to get the basics of rhino protection in place before the addition of more technologically advanced security layers, should have universal relevance.


Leadership, Intelligence, Funding, Recruitment, Training, Security, Community

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