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We are off to a great start to this year’s Bisbee’s Nkwe Conservation Program. The three phases of our overall Nkwe Conservation Program, which include the Nkwe Tactical Training Academy, Thaba Nkwe Rhino/Wildlife Conservation Sanctuary and Nkwe Rhino Breeding Program are in full swing. The Cadet selection process of the 2nd class of 2015’s Nkwe Tactical Training Academy (NTTA) took longer than usual because of an overwhelming number of Cadet applicants. Word is spreading about our academy, and people are coming from far and wide to see if they can get enrolled. As this class now enters the final phases of the six month arduous curriculum, the instructors feel that they have our best group yet, so soon, there will be even more excellently trained, Certified Operational Field Rangers out on patrol in So. Africa. In our last issue we focused on the congratulations of our first 2015 NTTA graduating class, and in this issue we wanted to change up the tempo just a bit with some great photos of the enrollment and training process. We have also highlighted the extensive community uplift and outreach element of the Nkwe Conservation Program that is a very important component of our overall efforts. We are very proud of this project but we need your help. Our goal for 2016 is to expand the Nkwe Conservation Program in the following areas: • Nkwe Tactical Training Academy – Get “Cadet seats” sponsored so we have more Recruits to train. Expand training facilities so we can ultimately deploy more Rangers. • Wildlife Breeding Program – Increase our Rhino herd. • Nkwe Conservation Sanctuary – Capital improvements and land acquisition to expand our habitat area to accommodate more animals. I hope you enjoy looking through these pages that show what we have going on, and I invite you to reach out to us to get involved! Thank you – Wayne Bisbee 32 BISBEE’S CONSERVATION JOURNAL Q1/Q2 • 2016


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