Martin 'Map' Ives
Specialist Safari Guide And Wildlife Photographer
Map has lived and worked in the wilds of northern Botswana for over 40 years. He was one of the very first wildlife guides to be licensed in Botswana. Inspired by the rich diversity of life and unspoiled nature of the region, he organised and led wildlife safaris to remote areas of the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Makgadikgadi Pans and the Central Kalahari.
On arriving in the Okavango Delta, Map realised that it was one of the continents most pristine and biodiverse environments. So he started to study every element that made up the Delta, from its diverse habitats to its incredible wildlife. Today, he helps to develop conservation policies in the Okavango Delta and other wilderness areas.
Map has been involved with the Botswana Rhino Project since its inception in 2001 and was the founding member of the Botswana Rhino Management Committee formed with the Botswana government to provide advice and recommendations on all rhino management related issues.
In 2014, he established an independent Trust and registered charity called Rhino Conservation Botswana (RCB). Its aim: to become a world-leading rhino conservation organisation that monitors, manages, reports and plans for the future of black and white rhinos in Botswana. And in 2015, RCB and Wilderness Safaris work in partnership with the Botswana, South African and Zimbabwean Governments to complete the largest ever cross-border translocation of black rhinos. He appointed National Rhino Coordinator for Botswana by the government.
Map says: "Rhino conservation is a deadly serious business, and Botswana cannot do it alone - we need everyone to help us fight this battle. The sense of responsibility wakes me up at night, but what were achieving for rhinos right here, right now soothes the pain. We wont give up."