Project: Rare & Endangered Species Trust


Who is REST and what are they about?

REST is a non- profit organization founded in September of 2000.  The founder and current director, Maria Diekmann believes strongly that almost anything can be achieved if you can bring everyone concerned and interested into the process. Her original interest in the Cape Griffon, Gyps coprotheres, began while living on the family farm situated near the Waterberg Plateau cliffs.  This is where the last remaining Cape Griffon in Namibia roost.  She originally envisioned that she would play a supporting role in their conservation, but then a visitor to her guest house advised her to take a leading role.

REST began by helping only the plight of the Cape Griffon vulture, but after a few years it became apparent that there were a few species that needed specific support in Namibia.  Thus the start of the “Forgotten Five” began which has developed into the Forgotten 5 +1. (Cape Griffon Vulture, Dwarf Python, African Wild/Painted Dog, Cape/Ground Pangolin, Damara Dik Dik and Spotted Rubber Frog)  These animals represent biodiversity within the entire land ecosystem of Namibia.

Quite unexpectantly at the end of 2012, we received a wild pangolin being offered on the black market.  Before we could prepare her for release, as we have many others, she gave birth to a little pangolin pup.  This experience has allowed us to fast forward our pangolin research which is quite exciting.

REST’s headquarters are on a small farm 47 km south of Otjiwarongo.  We were officially opened in August 2010 when we were almost 10 years old.  We still have many plans but we have developed a beautiful centre with a variety of conservation and research structures with emphasis on fun interactive education facilities for visitors from the community and abroad.
REST is a very small Trust and needs as much help as they can get.
If you would like to donate, or come as a volunteer,
Contact them.
They need you.

Published by Mariette du Toit

Namibian born and raised, I am the owner Mariette du Toit Photography - where I share photos of the beautiful people I capture in my unique Namibian documentary style and Travelling Namibia where I share travelling tips with travellers across the globe through reviews on the lodges and campsites that I visit.

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