WMSP's most significant contribution to in-situ conservation is through links to the Ongava Research Centre (ORC) at our sister park, the Ongava Game Reserve (OGR) in Namibia, and the Namibian Wildlife Conservation Trust UK.
The OGR, established in 1991, is one of the largest privately owned game reserves in Namibia and covers nearly 170 square miles. The reserve supports a range of large herbivores, such as Burchell's Zebra (Equus burchellii), Gemsbok (Oryx gazella), and Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), holds a healthy population of African lions and is one of the few private game reserves in southern Africa with successful breeding populations of both Black (Diceros bicornis) and White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum). OGR is also home to one of the largest populations of the rare black faced impala (Aepyceros melampus petersi), an antelope which is endemic to Namibia.
WMSP was the primary sponsor of the Ongava Research Centre, established 2006 in recognition of the fact that scientific research can provide the accurate and up to date information that is crucial for optimal management of the reserve's ecosystem. Research at ORC is co-ordinated and undertaken by three full time researchers and focuses on the ecology and conservation of rhinos and carnivores and the carrying capacity of the reserve.
The directors of WMSP set up the NWCT UK in 2004 to fund research into the conservation of wildlife in Namibia. Special emphasis is placed on assisting with projects that investigate issues relating to threatened and endemic Namibian species.
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