40 Collars for 40 Rhinos
Fund a Tracking Collar - Protect a Rhino
South Africa’s rhino are under siege again. As the Country’s travelling restrictions are eased, the hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, that kept poachers out of the National Parks and Game Reserves and made it impossible for them to traffic illegal rhino horn across international borders, has ceased, and poaching is once again on the rise.
Helping Rhinos urgently needs to fit 40 radio tracking collars on 40 rhinos in eight different Reserves across the Eastern Cape in South Africa. This is crucial in helping the Rangers carry out their protection programmes. By identifying the location of collared rhino without the need to extensively patrol the whole of the Reserve, we save precious time and resource.
Rewilding Rhinos APPEAL
In the next few weeks two of our precious rhino orphans, Makhosi and Mpilo, will be released to a life back in the wild, where they belong. It’s great news of course and we are confident that their translocation to a secret location and their readjustment to their new surroundings will go without a hitch. Their care and development has been exemplary - it’s time to send them on their way.
As part of our Rewilding Rhinos Appeal, Helping Rhinos urgently needs to raise the funds for this part of their journey, their relocation and release. They need to be collared and dehorned to give them the very best chance of survival against poachers and, for the first twelve to eighteen months of their release it’s important they are regularly monitored and fed supplements to ensure they thrive in the wild.
Rapid response for rhinos
The future for rhinos remains perilous. Poaching is pushing them to very brink. It is imperative we hold on to current rhino strongholds, maintain a visible proactive deterrent and engage local people in the destiny of their wildlife heritage.
The challenge is, how we can protect vulnerable and critically endangered wildlife species, like the rhino and, make conservation of wildlife and wild places valuable to the everyday lives of poor people who see wildlife only to be eaten or poached for profit. There is a solution - click the button to find out more
#BeMoreRhino is an interactive programme of activities for everyone to do at home to learn more about rhinos and rhino conservation.
Over the coming weeks, we will be uploading an array of factsheets, quizzes and activities to this page for you to download and complete in your own time at home. Each week we will have a different theme to the activities and for our first week we would like to introduce you to the rhino and hippo orphans.
The total population of rhino left on earth is fewer than 30,000. Three of the five rhino species in the world are listed as critically endangered, facing extinction and, if we don’t take action now, we could lose them forever.
#PROTECTTHELASTRHINOS highlights four key focus areas: Protection Rhinos, Supporting Rangers, Protecting Habitat and Empowering Communities
Eyes In The Sky
769 rhinos were poached in South Africa in 2018, a decline on the year before when 1,028 were killed and welcome news, but still too high. Even in Parks that have been afforded greater protection measures such as the Kruger National Park, more than 2,000 poacher incidents were recorded and 422 rhinos were lost. Poaching syndicates are indiscriminate and will exploit any opportunity to plunder Africa’s amazing wildlife. In the Eastern Cape, reserves are experiencing a dramatic increase in rhino poaching.
Rhino RESCUE Fund
As many as one million pland and animal species are at risk of extinction.
The natural world needs us now!
Scientists tell us we are in the middle of the 'sixth mass extinction' where species of fauna and flora are being wiped out at a rate 100 times faster than when the dinosaurs became extinct. The difference between this mass extinction and the previous five is that it is completely driven by man!
#HelpARhino is an opportunity for us all to stand up for rhinos and to show that we care about their future. Together we can all get directly involved with helping to protect this iconic species.