Hofney Hoeb - "Rhinos are our future"

Hofney Hoeb - "Rhinos are our future"

Position: Rhino Ranger since 2012, Torra Conservancy

Job responsibilities: Monitoring and protecting black rhinos

Last year, there was a serious drought in the northwest and most of our rhinos were in very bad condition, very thin. This year we’ve had some rain and the rhinos are looking quite good.

These animals are our future. Since I was young, I travelled around with my father, Sebulon Hoeb who worked for Save the Rhino Trust since 1990, so in many ways, this is my family inheritance.

I love my job and this connection to my father. My daughter, and brothers and sisters are excited when I receive awards. I recently won awards for Best Patrol of the Month, Best Photo of the Month and Best Patrol of the Year at the Rhino Rangers annual prize giving.

Most of our Conservancy income comes from tourism and now is a very difficult time because of this coronavirus. The income from tourism pays for salaries, development of conservation areas, servicing water points, equipment; and without tourism, we will lose hope.

But we are staying in the field, committed to our jobs to monitor and protect rhinos.

Click on a location on the map to access the 'Voices in Conservation' profiles and videos, or browse the thumbnails below.

Hiamaundu Hinu on the importance of conserving nature

For Martha Lambert seeing wildlife and beautiful landscapes makes her day

Fabian Libanda says we depend on nature for everything

Tourism improves livelihoods

Gert Kasupi explains why he loves being a Rhino Ranger

Ella !Hoaes explains how wildlife has changed livelihoods through tourism

Hans Fwelimbi discusses how the people of Wuparo live with wild animals

Isaac Sililo – Field Officer, Sikunga Conservancy

Beavan Sinvula invites you to Salambala Conservancy

Festus Tjimbi volunteers to monitor wildlife

Smith Shikoto - Conservation benefits us now and future generations

Pineas Kasaona explains how patrols by game guards help to counter poaching

Calvin Simu of Sikunga Conservancy explains the importance of nature

Jerome Mwilima encourages people to continue protecting wildlife

Allan Silubanga shares his experience

Kachana Mukushi – Game guard making a difference

Abia Kavita - 23 years as a game guard

Hofney Hoeb - "Rhinos are our future"

Kenneth Maplanga describes how tourism is benefitting conservation

Environmental Shepherd Maleska Harases is responsible for the protection of wildlife