An Update From The Rhino and Elephant Conservation Project – From Anti-Poaching Initiatives to Babies Being Born!

An Update From The Rhino and Elephant Conservation Project – From Anti-Poaching Initiatives to Babies Being Born!

Posted by Michael Starbuck on 21st Jun 2018

It’s been a busy few weeks at the Rhino and Elephant Conservation Project, and we can’t wait to bring you back into the loop! How many other project updates could you possibly imagine involving bees, new-borns and puppies…?

We’ll start today’s update off by introducing you to Murwi – this sweet young lady is the newest addition to the project’s anti-poaching team, and since joining the project back in May, it was made clear early on that she’s got a promising future ahead of her…oh, by the way, did we mention that Murwi is a dog?!

Murwi got her start at Extremus Dog Training Ltd, an organisation located in Carmathenshire, UK. From a very young age, this gorgeous girl has been undergoing training to become the best anti-poaching pup she can be, and she’s even been featured on BBC Wales in the run-up to her time joining the team at the Rhino and Elephant Conservation Project!

It’s been almost a year since the team at the project learned that Murwi would be joining them, and in the short time that she’s been around, she’s proven herself to be an asset to the group. Murwi has been undergoing intensive training with the Reilly, the project’s main man, and blows the team away every day with her keen intelligence and discipline. We’re sure to hear more from Murwi in the future!

From big dogs to tiny babies, we’re thrilled to announce that new life has arrived at the project. Back in May, two baby sables were born (as a result of the project’s breeding programme), and in addition to that, a baby giraffe joined the gang! Adorable, no? Now we’re in June, why not take a look at one the adorable newborns spending time with its parent…

Finally, it’s been business as usual at the Rhino and Elephant Conservation Project – well, pretty much, anyway! As well as taking part in their day-to-day, more typical tasks, our volunteers have been spending time working with bees! As part of their community initiative, the project and its volunteers offer their help at the local community-managed hives, harvesting honey and working on benefiting the local children in the area, too. Take a look at some of our volunteer beekeepers below!

Despite its name, this project is about more than ‘just’ rhinos and elephants. This is something which can be backed up by previous volunteers – we love what Lisa had to say about her time spent volunteering:

‘The Rhino and Elephant Conservation Project was far more than I could have hoped for. They provided a wonderful perspective on conservation, culture and agriculture. The balance of animal interaction, physical labour and community activities was excellent. I experience so many new things, from coffee with the elephants, to beekeeping. The staff is incredibly passionate, knowledgeable and above all, kind.’

You can learn more about the Rhino and Elephant Conservation Project by clicking here but, for now, why not take some time to enjoy some of the photos sent over to us by the team!

Volunteers spending time with local school children

Elephant at sunset

Volunteers enjoying the sunset


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