PROJECT HISTORY & AIMS
Save the Rhino International’s vision is for all five rhino species to thrive in the wild for future generations. They collaborate with partners to support endangered rhinos in Africa and Asia through a variety of conservation projects and initiatives.
Save the Rhino support a number of ongoing rhino conservation programmes by funding a range of activities with grants below are some examples of recent projects:
Poaching still remains a massive threat to rhinos in South Africa and organised criminal networks have become involved, meaning poachers have become sophisticated and well-armed. Anti-poaching rangers form the first and last line of defence for rhinos. It is an incredibly difficult and dangerous job.
Monitoring rhinos is essential for keeping track of each animal and their movement patterns, habitat utilisation and population demographics. It is also a way for rangers to identify if a rhino has been poached. The information that is collected can be used by managers to plan translocations and introductions.
If rhinos are to be protected in the future then there is an urgent need for today’s children to grow up to be wildlife stewards and so it is important to teach children the benefits of wildlife and how to protect them.
For wildlife to survive it is essential that local communities benefit and support living alongside wildlife, which can sometimes be quite difficult. Community conservation is important to ensure that local people benefit from having rhinos in their area and want to protect them and not support the poachers.
Having suffered catastrophic declines in their range and numbers, rhinos tend to live in relatively small, isolated populations. In nature, animals may at times migrate to expand their range. However, as habitats are now limited and there are great distances and barriers between rhino populations the process needs to be helped artificially through translocations.
The huge rhino poaching threat has meant that ranger staff have drastically stepped up their monitoring and patrol efforts to protect the park’s rhinos. This often involves extended overnight camping trips to patrol large areas of the park and having a 24/7 presence in the danger zones vulnerable to rhino poaching incursions. The teams are spending much more time in the field and the need for on-going equipment is essential for them to operate and this is where funds donated from Africa Alive! are vital.
Africa Alive! funds a specific Save the Rhino International project in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park (HiP). Previously our funds have been utilised in supporting rangers and purchasing their equipment and re-thatching roofing in the rangers camp. Funds donated in 2017 went on to further the ranger support in HiP on their anti-poaching and monitoring programmes.
Africa Alive! funds have also helped to provide shelters for tracker dogs and upgrading the living and working conditions for the Rangers. For more information please go to: www.savetherhino.org