April 11

The People on the Ground Saving Our Rhinos in Africa

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April 11, 2022

The hard-hitting reality is that, without the people on the group saving our rhinos in Africa, the species could've been extinct by now. This is not a glamorous job. It's gruelling, unforgiving work but work that makes a lasting impact. Rhinos have no natural enemies in the wild. They simply go about their business as large herbivores, grazing and amazing our guests with their unicorn-like horns and muscular bodies. However, their only predator and threat to extinction lurk in the shadows – us.

Protect rhinos from extinction

We must protect the few rhino we have left

Who's Protecting Our Rhinos in Africa?

Rhino numbers in South African National Park reserves have decreased by 75% over the past decade. This might not seem accurate when poaching numbers appear to go down. However, it only seems like there are fewer poaching incidents because the overall rhino population numbers are continually decreasing. These alarming statistics imply that this species faces the threat of total extinction.

Therefore, several people are working tirelessly on the ground to protect Africa's beloved black and white rhino from extinction. As part of our Rhinos Saving Rhinos Fundraiser campaign, we take a closer look at some of the top organisations getting their hands dirty to save the species.

Rhino operation by Wildlife ACT

Working to protect the rhino is hard work, Image Credit: Wildlife ACT

1. Wildlife ACT

One of Rhino Africa's Impact Partners, Wildlife ACT, is one of these noteworthy organisations. In 2008, the founders of Wildlife ACT were determined to provide African game reserves with sustainable, long-term monitoring and conservation programmes. Today, they're still actively making a difference. 

Monitoring is crucial in wildlife management. However, many African reserves lack the funds and capacity to maintain practical conservation efforts. And this is where Wildlife ACT steps in. They actively track and monitor wildlife on various reserves – free of charge! 

Wildlife ACT initiates and implements monitoring projects in reserves where it's lacking and manages existing programmes. They are fully funded and assisted by volunteers, offering a first-hand wildlife experience to those who wish to make a tangible difference in the world of conservation.

How is Wildlife ACT Saving Our Rhinos in Africa?

The Wildlife ACT team consists of experienced conservationists aiming to save endangered species and wild spaces from extinction by focussing on three key areas, namely:

  • Endangered and priority species monitoring
  • Anti-poaching measures and technology
  • Community education and empowerment

They also do not work on these in isolation. Instead, it's a combination of all of the above. 

Tracking rhinos is an important part of protecting them

Tracking rhinos is an important part of protecting them

Wildlife ACT's Rhino Protection Strategies and Projects

Wildlife ACT implements various strategies to combat rhino poaching.

The Black Rhino Range Expansion Project

Wildlife ACT assists with the WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion Project by locating suitable release points for black rhinos. They also provide training for new black rhino monitors and purchase the latest tracking equipment for individual rhinos to be released. Furthermore, they oversee post-release monitoring work while the rhinos settle into their new habitats.

Community Projects

Wildlife ACT spearheads various Community Rhino Conservation Projects. They firmly believe that the power of education is the key to winning the poaching war. Communities need to understand why rhinos need to be protected and how the conservation of rhinos can benefit them. Furthermore, they need to grasp that poaching is a fleeting, unviable solution to poverty.

Their community projects include in-school conservation lessons, a Kid's Bush Camp program, adult conservation seminars, Wildlife Ambassador Clubs, and community game drives. Many of these focus specifically on rhino conservation.

2. Save the Rhino

Save the Rhino is a global movement aiming to fortify the rhinos' natural habitat to ensure the species' survival. Their ultimate goal is to see all five rhino species thrive in the wild. 

Their work includes: 

  • Protecting rhinos by providing funding to ensure ranger teams have the kit they need to protect the rhino 
  • Through extensive research into the illicit trading world, they try to reduce and eventually eliminate the demand for rhino horn
  • Save the Rhino believes in community-led conservation, inspiring people who live near rhinos to protect their local wildlife
  • A global network of conservationists and partners enables constant upskilling so that experts remain sharp and find the best possible anti-poaching solutions

3. International Rhino Foundation

The International Rhino Foundation (IRF) works with local partners to fight against rhino poaching. The goal is to grow the black and white rhino population through monitoring and conservation efforts, anti-poaching schemes and intense community involvement.

They do this in various ways, such as: 

  • Protecting wild rhino by funding monitoring efforts in Southern Africa
  • Restoring and managing the rhinos' natural habitat
  • Partnering with local communities to conserve the species
  • Reducing the demand for rhino horn through a strategic messaging campaign that addresses the idea of rhino horn being a status symbol, especially in Asia
  • Supporting scientific solutions for rhino conservation using financial investment

Help Save the Rhino

Our Rhinos Saving Rhinos Fundraiser supports our Impact Partner Wildlife ACT with their rhino conservation programme in South Africa. Join in our fundraising campaign by donating as little or as much as you can. All donations are welcome and can make a difference, no matter how small you think it might be.

Our goal is to raise $100,000 to support Wildlife ACT's incredible conservation work. We're also running a competition by giving away three dream African holidays. You earn one entry into the competition by donating $100 directly to the Rhino Saving Rhinos Fundraising Initiative run by the Rise Africa Foundation. For every additional $100 donated, you will earn another entry into the draw.

As part of our first and second prizes, you also stand a chance to directly contribute by participating in a rhino conservation experience in KwaZulu-Natal.

Leave a Lasting Legacy in Africa

If you want to help make a difference, book your trip with Rhino Africa, voted the World's Leading Safari Company. We call Africa home. As a result, we've been around the block and tried and tested her finest luxuries for you. Therefore, we can plan an unforgettable tailor-made African safari that suits your specific needs and wants. 

Moreover, by simply booking your trip with us, you're already making a difference by aiding us in protecting and uplifting Africa's wildlife, open spaces, and people. If you feel you want to do more while you're here, we can plan conservation activities for you.

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About the author 

Tania de Kock

Tania has always been an avid reader, which ultimately led to her life-long dream of becoming a best-selling author. She loves travelling, super spicy food, South African wine, and cats! When she's not reading with a glass of wine, you can find her at the nearest beach or camping, running or hiking in the mountains.

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