The hunting and poaching of rhinos is nothing new – it has been going on for centuries. But the current level of poaching and dramatic increase in rhinos being lost to the poachers is leaving the species in very real danger of becoming extinct in the very near future.
I'm delighted to bring you news of a new purchase, thanks to your donations, to aid in our fight against poaching. The team in Limpopo have purchased two new quad bikes to used by the team in their efforts to prevent poaching at the Karongwe Reserve.
Last year, our Rhino project came 9th in GlobalGivings end of year campaign, which gave us a much-needed donation boost to make this purchase possible. Thank you to everyone who voted for us!
The new quad bikes will help assist with key anti-poaching activities such as fence checking. It will also allow our team to move around the reserve in a much more efficient manner, meaning that they can cover more ground on a daily basis in their work to prevent poaching.
Thank you for continuing to support this project.
All the best
Mery Christmas from the Rhinos of Karongwe, GVI Limpopo and the GVI Charitable Trust.
Unfortunately, it's a happy message for a rather somber cause. More Rhinos have been poached this year than in years previous in South Africa; a shocking 1116. Of these 750 were in Kruger National Park, next to Karongwe reserve. More arrests have been made this year than ever before, however this is not slowing the rate of poaching down.
As such, your donations will be as important as ever for 2015. This year, we've successfully started kitting out the anti-poaching team. Your donations helped to purchase a special vehicle for patrols, an Icom UHF Telemetry Receiver to be able to track better and strobe lighting for the Anti-Poaching vehicles.
Moving forward, all these will be put to good use. On the ground there’s no single solution to the problem and really any step that will get in the poachers way, make them hesitate, slow them down, prevent them from setting out on even one night of bounty-hunting in the bush, is worth taking. All of the land owners, staff and any members of the conservation community are contributing by getting out on patrol at any hour of day or night, as randomly as possible, just making their presence felt and being as conspicuous as possible.
Thank you for your support this year. This is only possible because of your donations.
Here is to a better year for the Rhinos.
GVI Charitable Trust
I'm delighted to bring you news of a new purchase, thanks to your donations, to aid in our fight against poaching. The team in Limpopo have purchased 13 strobe lights for the reserve vehicles to be used to identify anti-poaching patrol vehicles after dark. These lights will allow us to focus light on larger areas of the reserve at night to increase our coverage. We look forward to bring you more news when these lights have been fitted!
The team have also taken part this month in a local initiative; Rocking For Rhinos.
This two day event fused conservation and entertainment together in one eye opening experience. Held in Hoedspruit on a large recreational park, the festival presented South Africa's critical problem in a way that is easy to relate to for all generations. In their third year running, Rocking for Rhinos (a registered non-profit) brings together some of the top acts in South Africa to raise funds for key ANTI POACHING teams and rhino initiatives!
All the best
As a result of a fortunate chance meeting in a Kenyan coffee shop between GVI’s Limpopo Programs Coordinator and a wildlife tracking entrepreneur, one of the reserves where we work has since been the recipient of some very high tech rhino tracking implants, thanks to your donations!
These implants are GPS enabled; They have GSM, or cellular, communications onboard; Additionally they include a tri-axis accelerometer which senses the rhino’s head movement and can be programmed to send an alarm sms based on specific stationary time constraints and/or a specific unnatural head movement such as that resulting from a bullet’s impact.
Obviously, our aim is to stop poaching before it happens but if a rhino is unfortunately killed and the horn removed and carried outside the reserve, there is a very good chance an alarm will be raised to enable a rapid response, possibly even before the horn has been separated from the animal’s head. This is important to try and stop the supply/demand chain for rhino horn. It also means we can catch those responsible!
There was one catch to the new tech implants: The signal they transmit is Ultra-high Frequency (UHF), and not Very High Frequency (VHF) as is the case with all the other tracking devices on the reserve, so we required a new and totally different receiver and aerial in order to be able to track these implanted rhinos on the ground. Thankfully the Charitable Trust's supporters were yet again, able to step up to the mark and we now have the UHF receiver and aerial to follow these animals.
Thank you for continuing to support Rhinos in South Africa!
We are happy to bring news that the brand new GVI Charitable Trust Mahindra (4x4), that was purchased thanks to your donations, have been put to good use already!
Unfortunately, the Limpopo region of South Africa receievd exceptionally heavy rains during the month of March, which in turn, destroyed a number of sections of the Karongwe reserve fence, especially near the rivers. This meant that a large proportion of the reserve was unprotected both with regards to stopping our wildlife leaving the reserve and become free roaming in a public area and also with stopping poachers enter the reserve easily.
As such, the Mahindra was put into action! It was used extensively for getting these breaches remedied quickly and new fences put into place. As a result, we kept our animals safe and protect.
This was all possible thanks to you and your donation that made purchasing the Mahindra a possibility. Thank you for continuing to support this project.
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