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A lot of fundamental ecological processes are poorly understood, this is our challenge: finding answers to what we should, but don’t know. By refining existing tools, and advancing them through merging modern technology with traditional field-based research, brings us closer to unlocking natures mysteries. Ongava is committed to ‘Nature First’, striving to restore biodiversity, provide a safe haven for rare and endangered species and, through understanding, protect natural resources for the future of the planet.

Ongava Research Centre (ORC) is a vital part of this mission. Cutting edge research into the genetics of Ongava’s rhino population is just one example of how the work being done at Ongava is making a difference to conservation not only in Namibia but also throughout Africa. The expansion of the ORC on a new campus, which includes an interactive Visitor Centre, ushers in an exciting new era where visiting and resident scientists delve deeper into understanding the ecological processes and biodiversity on Ongava Game Reserve and the surrounding area.

As the base for ORC, Anderssons at Ongava provides an interactive hub for guests to learn about conservation science, where cutting edge technology meets hands on, field-based research. The ORC Visitor Centre is available for all Ongava guests to visit at their leisure. Much of ORC’s focus is on wildlife and plant ecology, studying such topics as animal population sizes, interactions between species, and animal movements. ORC also strives to develop new methods to document the natural world and its processes. Not least, research explores linkages between poverty and environmental degradation, particularly in rural areas.

At Ongava, our goal is to use this understanding to make a positive impact on the planet, its wildlife and its people. That is truly Nature First. You can find out more about our work at

Protecting Wildlife - Removing Location Metadata from Images

An easy source of accurate GPS data for the location of rhinos can be sourced from pictures taken with increasingly sophisticated GPS enabled cameras.

To avoid inadvertently providing criminals with this valuable rhino location information wildlife photographer Olwen Evans has kindly assembled this how-to guide.
Please follow the steps set out in the downloadable guide below and share this information.

Removing Metadata from Images PDF Guide

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