Protecting The White Rhinos In South Africa

Poachers of the Rhinos for horns has increased over 9,000%. We are working on initiatives to protect them from Poachers.

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White rhino feature on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List as a near threatened species teetering on the edge of vulnerable. Their status is as such due to a 9000% increase in poaching from 2007 – 2018. Although landowners, anti-poaching and conservationists have banded together to protect this species, they are far from secure. Since the start of the poaching epidemic in 2007, 7425 rhinos have been killed for their horn. Game reserves bear the full brunt of the poaching scourge, with rangers in targeted areas coming into contact with poachers on a daily or weekly basis. This project allows funding to fight against poaching and protect our rhinos in South Africa.

Rhino poaching is a devastating problem across both the public and private sectors. Everyday at least three rhino are poached in South Africa predominately due to lack of resources and intelligence. We are fighting a war with criminal masterminds who are forever two steps ahead of the protectors on the ground. The financial incentive to rhino poachers combined with very high unemployment figures in rural communities, mean that poachers will force entry into these reserves to get a shot at a rhino, often at high risk to themselves. Many reserves are also partly funded by eco-tourism, so viewing these animals is critical to the success of these lodges who employ local staff, targeting unemployment figures and preventing poaching.

Provision of resources through funds for up-skilling of staff, vehicles, high-tech fencing, canine units and intelligence is the only way we can hope to turn the tables for rhino and begin to claim back our losses. This project aims to allow local partners and reserves access to critical funding required to develop strategies against poaching, as well as raise awareness of the impact that poaching has on the community.

The success of this project will significantly improve the security of the wildlife protected by this game reserve, deter illegal rhino poachers and enable a fast and effective reaction when any illegal activity on the reserve is reported. Protection of the rhino and other wildlife will ensure the sustainability of eco-tourism ventures on the reserve and thus survival of the reserve itself. Lodges on this reserve employ hundreds of people from surrounding communities, jobs that will be lost if these businesses are not able to secure their key assets – their wildlife.

White rhino feature on the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List as a near threatened species teetering on the edge of vulnerable. Their status is as such due to a 9000% increase in poaching from 2007 – 2018. Although landowners, anti-poaching and conservationists have banded together to protect this species, they are far from secure. Since the start of the poaching epidemic in 2007, 7425 rhinos have been killed for their horn. Game reserves bear the full brunt of the poaching scourge, with rangers in targeted areas coming into contact with poachers on a daily or weekly basis. This project allows funding to fight against poaching and protect our rhinos in South Africa.

Rhino poaching is a devastating problem across both the public and private sectors. Everyday at least three rhino are poached in South Africa predominately due to lack of resources and intelligence. We are fighting a war with criminal masterminds who are forever two steps ahead of the protectors on the ground. The financial incentive to rhino poachers combined with very high unemployment figures in rural communities, mean that poachers will force entry into these reserves to get a shot at a rhino, often at high risk to themselves. Many reserves are also partly funded by eco-tourism, so viewing these animals is critical to the success of these lodges who employ local staff, targeting unemployment figures and preventing poaching.

Provision of resources through funds for up-skilling of staff, vehicles, high-tech fencing, canine units and intelligence is the only way we can hope to turn the tables for rhino and begin to claim back our losses. This project aims to allow local partners and reserves access to critical funding required to develop strategies against poaching, as well as raise awareness of the impact that poaching has on the community.

The success of this project will significantly improve the security of the wildlife protected by this game reserve, deter illegal rhino poachers and enable a fast and effective reaction when any illegal activity on the reserve is reported. Protection of the rhino and other wildlife will ensure the sustainability of eco-tourism ventures on the reserve and thus survival of the reserve itself. Lodges on this reserve employ hundreds of people from surrounding communities, jobs that will be lost if these businesses are not able to secure their key assets – their wildlife.

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