The Dyck Advisory Group Conservation Trust carries out a number of initiatives in conservation and wildlife protection through its counter poaching involvement and operations on the ground.
DAG has an official mandate from the Mozambique government (ANAC) to conduct counter poaching operations in country. We are also working with the Peace Parks Foundation (PPF) in a technical advisory capacity directing counter poaching manoeuvres in Limpopo National Park (LNP), Maputo Special Reserve (MSR), Zinave National Park (ZNP) and Banhine National Park (BNP).
DAG & Peace Parks Foundation – Mozambique
A concept of early detection and rapid reaction was established by DAG in the Greater Lebombo region. To ensure proper command and control, DAG established a highly effective Forward Operating Base (FOB). Experienced managers and highly qualified ranger instructors were placed on the ground to not only run the operation but train/retrain scouts and rangers.
Peace Parks Foundations (PPF) subsequently approached DAG to establish a similar operation in their national parks. The initial focus was on the Limpopo National Park while at the same training scouts and setting up other FOB in other reserves. This is an ongoing process.
Greater Lebombo Conservancy Initiative
The Greater Lebombo Conservancy (GLC) is a handful of privately-owned Mozambique parks bordering the Kruger National Park’s (KNP) western boundary. Kruger’s intensive protection zone, where the world’s largest population of rhinos are kept, is directly opposite the southern section of the GLC. Mozambican poachers traditionally streamed through these reserves into the KNP, creating an unmanageable problem and a detrimental rhino death rate in the area.
DAG started operating in the southern area of the GLC in 2015 (until August 2018), based out of Sabi Game Park. We targeted the greatest threatened area in order to create a buffer zone between KNP and the poaching syndicates who operated on Kruger’s doorstep.
Dyck Advisory Group Conservation Trust is working with Where Wild Things Roam Travel to offer a 10 day South African safari that directly gives back to conservation and local communities. An elite member of the DAG’s counter poaching team will be on the ground for the duration of the tour, guiding guests through some hands-on conservation activities that cannot be experienced anywhere else.
Contributions from the tour enables further conservation efforts throughout the region with Dyck Advisory Group Conservation Trust and the local communities.