Kaokoland, Namibia, Save The Rhino Trust

Save The Rhino Trust Strengthens its Workforce

Dr. Axel Hartmann joins Save the Rhino Trust Namibia as its
Chief Operating Officer(Media Release)

Dr. Axel Hartmann, a well-known veterinarian from Otjiwarongo, today commenced as Chief Operating Officer of Save the Rhino Trust Namibia.

“As the longest-standing board member of SRT, Axel’s commitment to rhinos and SRT is unwavering,” said the Honourable Dudu Murorua, Chairman of the SRT Board of Trustees.

“At this critical time, when the rhinos are in dire need of our support, Axel is taking his commitment to an even higher, more demanding level. For this, the Board of SRT is most grateful.”

SRT is restructuring, redeploying teams throughout the region and strengthening it staff to ensure that it remains an effective and reliable key partner in a multi-facetted, multi-stakeholder rhino protection effort in the region. Hartmann’s appointment is vital to these efforts.

As Chief Operations Officer of SRT, Hartmann is responsible for streamlining operations, working in close collaboration with SRT CEO Simson Uri-Khob.

Hartmann has underscored his commitment to the full time position at SRT by closing his Otjiwarongo veterinary practice that he ran successfully for 26 years.

Axel Hartmann

Reflecting back to the formative days of SRT in 1982 when the rhinos of the Kunene region were nearly wiped out by poachers, Hartmann said, “I feel it is my duty to be true to the vision that Blythe and Rudi (Loutit) and Mike (Hearn) had, which they followed humbly without concern for their personal comfort zone, and that is to make sure that rhinos roamed freely – forever.”

“It is time for me to live out this passion for rhinos in a meaningful way, but more importantly, timing is critical for the rhinos.”


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