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.
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.
Ecologically intact & protected landscapes comprise 50% or more of this country.
Intact landscapes lacking protected status comprise 50% or more of this country.
Between 20-40% of landscapes are still ecologically intact.
Less than 20% of the natural ecology of this area is intact.
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Resulting from the collaboration of five countries, this iconic protected area is the home to elephants, wild dogs, giraffe, and rhinoceros.
The second largest game reserve in the world, this expansive protected area is twice the size of Massachusetts and shelters numerous migratory species.
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.