Conservation takes many forms, and these projects are strategic, comprehensive, and action-oriented.
The Great Plains Foundation takes a holistic view of conservation and every project, be it wildlife, landscape or community focused seek to restore, reinvigorate, and protect wilderness areas. The following initiatives are focused on specific species conservation, but with a goal to preserve and protect the overarching ecosystems in which these species reside:
- Rhinos Without Borders – together with industry partner andBeyond, the Foundation aims to relocate no fewer than 100 rhinos from South Africa to safe havens in Botswana.
- Project Ranger – the COVID-19 pandemic is devastatin Africa’s wild places, as tourism has halted and wildlife protection budgets are having to be cut as a result. Project Ranger helps to fund front line conservation personnel in order to protect these important and fragile ecosystems.
- Conservation Emergency Fund – one of the most important lessons taken from the COVID-19 pandemic is that unprecedented times and challenges call for fast, flexible and innovative responses.
- Traditional Herding Workshops – humans and wildlife have coexisted for millennia in Botswana’s Okavango Delta region. Over the generations, unique cultural adaptations were developed to address the competing interests of wild animal populations and domesticated livestock.