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Botswana is a success story for nature. Good government and community engagement are keystones in the maintenance of Botswana’s robust ecology. Ironically, Botswana’s success has led to a decline in conservation donations in this region, despite the real need for continued investment in ongoing programs that shelter wildlife and keep poaching at bay.

Leopard in Okavango Delta, Botswana. Photo by Andreas Berlin.

Botswana's Ecology

Botswana is endowed with a unique natural heritage. The Okavango delta, a pulsing inland oasis in an otherwise dry country, is a fortress for some of the world’s most iconic endangered species. In the south, the sunbaked earth of the Kalahari desert sustains dozens of migratory species, from birds to mammals, with the herbs and grasses native to the region. Yet nature, even in Botswana, requires ongoing investment and care. The reason Botswana remains wild is that individual and foundations remain invested in her defense.

Half (Mission Achieved)

Ecologically intact & protected landscapes comprise 50% or more of this country.

Can Reach Half

Intact landscapes lacking protected status comprise 50% or more of this country.

Could Be Restored

Between 20-40% of landscapes are still ecologically intact.


Less than 20% of the natural ecology of this area is intact.


Frankfurt Zoological Society

We conserve wildlife and ecosystems focusing on protected areas and outstanding wild places.

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London Zoological Society (ZSL)

Working to protect wildlife around the world, ZSL is inspiring action while innovating on-the-ground work that values and supports all communities, human and ecological.

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The Nature Needs Half movement is only as strong as its member organizations. Discover more about the individuals and organizations who have committed to protecting 50% of the planet by 2050.
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Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Area. Photo courtesy of the Creative Commons.
Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area

Resulting from the collaboration of five countries, this iconic protected area is the home to elephants, wild dogs, giraffe, and rhinoceros.

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Central Kalahari Game Reserve

The second largest game reserve in the world, this expansive protected area is twice the size of Massachusetts and shelters numerous migratory species.

More Game Reserve, Botswana. Photo by Amaryllis Liampoti.
Moremi Game Reserve

Designating this ecologically rich area as a game reserve named after a chief of the BaTawana tribe, not a national park, means that local Bushmen are allowed to say in the reserve.

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