Motlhabaneng in Botswana is just one of the communities adjacent to Mashatu Game Reserve. Each year Mashatu Lodge hosts children from the community to show them what’s in their own backyard. Most have never seen elephants, lions or many other animals in the reserve even though it is only a few kilometers away. The annual activity helps them understand why protecting the wildlife directly benefits their community by providing jobs to its residents.
Helicopters are a valuable and necessary resource that is used to fight the rhino war. A few private citizens fly their own choppers to patrol for signs of poachers, deliver vets to injured rhinos, and sometimes picks up and flies orphaned rhinos to an orphanage that will accept them. Tokkie Botes is one of the pilots that spends his own money to make his helicopter available when and wherever it is needed.