Ntokozo Mbuli (ex 50/50) presenter and TV producer, is the official ambassador for The Rory Hensman Elephant Conservation and Research Unit. The unit will be hosting a human/elephant conflict prevention conference in March and so, we thought we’d explore elephant conservation a little bit– in light of our heritage celebration issue – to find out more about these beautiful creatures and how we can all get involved.
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So, let’s start right at the beginning and dive straight into what The Rory Hensman Conservation and Research Unit (RHCRU) is all about. What sets this unit apart is their holistic and sustainable approach to the conservation of elephants and other wildlife in a modernizing Africa. They believe that the best approach to conservation is to look at the bigger picture while considering the positive and negative effects of conservation on rural communities and wildlife. The unit is dedicated to finding win-win solutions for all by creative, “outside of the box” thinking. Innovation at RHCRU is supported by a collaboration with efforts in various academic and non-academic fields. The unit focuses on the pre-emptive approach to wildlife challenges and solutions that help to preserve the species before a crisis point is reached. We’re all aware of the threats that poachers have put on our wildlife and that’s why the unit focuses on promoting the value of elephants and wildlife to society.
RHCRU also offers researchers the unique opportunity to study a herd of free-ranging and tamed elephants in South Africa which is so unique. They also work closely with Adventures with Elephants thus providing researchers with the chance to study a family of elephants either in their natural habitat out in the bush or up close. In addition to working with the elephants, researchers can study land, flora, work with the community project, or test technologies on the property. This all leads to a super sustainable system and ensures that the project remains successful in its efforts.
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Wildlife conservation can often time seem a little out of reach for the average person and that’s why we love, love, love the fact that the RHCRU has made this project a little more relatable to the public by spreading awareness through their ambassador Ntokozo Mbuli. We sat down with her to find out (in simpler terms) what this amazing initiative is all about.
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