From July 2015 – 31 August 2018 – Kruger National Park, Western Boundary Operation. Based in the Greater Lebombo Conservancies.
The GLC is a set of privately-owned Mozambique parks bordering Kruger National Parks Western boundary. Directly opposite the Southern Section of the GLC, lies Kruger’s Intensive Protection Zone where the world’s largest population of rhino reside.
Traditionally, Mozambican poachers streamed through these reserves into Kruger National Park creating an unmanageable problem and a detrimental Rhino death rate for the area.
In 2015, DAGCT started operating in the Southern area of the GLC, based out of Sabi Game Park and targeting the greatest threatened area in order to create a buffer zone between KNP and the poaching syndicates who operated on Kruger’s doorstep.
A tremendous 75% decrease in rhino poaching activity has been experienced in areas of operation. Furthermore, in all areas of operation, DAGCT has zeroed elephant and bush-meat poaching while only losing one Rhino to poaching in its last 18 months of operation.
In 2013, rhino were declared extinct in Mozambique. Fast forward to 2017 and one can find a healthy population of rhino in areas controlled and managed by DAGCT. Over 50 poachers and 30 firearms were apprehended, all of which had the potential of killing dozens of wildlife throughout the area had they not been caught.
The successful implementation of this initiative allowed Dyck to withdraw from the area in August 2018.