Security & Management
The task of managing the Conservancy on a daily basis is the responsibility of the Security Officer, Mr. David Strydom. He lives on site in a house provided by the Conservancy. Apart from the coordinating role, he is also responsible for local liaison and a guard force of 8 scouts and 10 monitors.
There is good accommodation at the guard’s camp and a further block to sleep six with attached kitchens has been built. This should allow a total number of guards and monitors of fifteen to be maintained. The Guards act as regular patrols and also as a rapid reaction response against poaching. There are also good relations with the police and local National Parks officers.
During the last two years there has been a huge increase in poaching of wildlife in the Conservancy. This has been by men on foot, accompanied by packs of dogs and the setting of numerous wire snares, which are quite indiscriminate in the game they catch. The resettlement programme, fast tracking exercise and land invasions have all contributed to this increase.