Ongava Research Centre is a privately funded facility devoted to the scientific study of all parts of the ecosystem at Ongava.

Renowned for its biodiversity, Ongava Game Reserve boasts an incredible variety of fauna and flora, including successful breeding populations of both black (Diceros bicornis bicornis) and white (Ceratotherium simum simum) rhinoceros; and one of the largest and most important breeding populations of rare black-faced impala (Aepyceros melampus petersi) outside Etosha.

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With many 1000s of animals to study (including almost 100 different mammal species plus a diverse range of birds and reptiles) it also provides the perfect 'living laboratory' for some serious wildlife research!

At Ongava Research Centre, discovery is in our nature. We are dedicated to increasing our knowledge and understanding of Ongava’s threatened species and habitats; to optimise management of the eco system that make up the reserve, and promote best practice in wildlife conservation.

Our rhino DNA study for example is just one element of a successful breeding programme which has seen numbers of white rhino at Ongava increase from just six in 1995 to more than thirty at present. There are many more ways in which we are utilising science and technology to help preserve Ongava’s ecology...

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Dr Ken J. Stratford BSc, MSc, MA, PhD.


Co-founder and Director of Research at Ongava Research Centre, Dr Ken J. Stratford is a well respected academic with an accomplished background in neurophysiology and computer science. Born in Britain in 1954, he has spent many years living and working in South Africa, where he now resides with his family. A passionate conservationist and trustee of the Namibian Wildlife Conservation Trust, his scientific credentials are backed by years of practical experience working in the field at Ongava, where, together with his wife Sabina, he continues to take a hands-on role in all aspects of our wildlife research.