Like all of you, we’ve faced difficulties but ours have mostly been financially based. We have kept up all of our work, human wildlife conflict mitigation, anti-poaching, community chilli programs, aerial surveillance and veterinary work, in fact not just kept it up but ramped it up in a rather big way.
In conjunction with our primary partner, the Department of National Parks and Wildlife, we have been able to deploy more patrols this year than I can remember in my 20 years here.
The supportive management in DNPW and CSL, the close partnership, the hard work of the anti-poaching teams and the same vision has enabled us to keep poaching so far to a minimum. This comes at a rather large financial cost (and of course some sleepless nights too) when all things are considered - fuel, rations, incentives, equipment, and vehicle maintenance and planes. We have also been lucky enough to retain all of our staff and keep everyone employed.