Protect and Save the life of Our Rhinos

by Action Change (Formerly GVI Trust)
Protect and Save the life of Our Rhinos
Protect and Save the life of Our Rhinos
Protect and Save the life of Our Rhinos
Protect and Save the life of Our Rhinos
Protect and Save the life of Our Rhinos
Protect and Save the life of Our Rhinos
Protect and Save the life of Our Rhinos
Protect and Save the life of Our Rhinos
Protect and Save the life of Our Rhinos
Protect and Save the life of Our Rhinos
Protect and Save the life of Our Rhinos
Protect and Save the life of Our Rhinos
Protect and Save the life of Our Rhinos
Protect and Save the life of Our Rhinos

Dear Friends and Family,

I am so excited to update you today that we have just finished dehorning our 300th Rhino. It's not a once off process as the horns grow back so it is a daily battle but we are proud over the past 2.5 years with your donations we have been able to dehorn and maintain the safety of 300 rhinos. 

Nobody wants to see a rhino without horns but this has proven the most effective deterrent from poaching is 'buying time' to help us save rhinos, until the demand from Asian markets and subsequent illegal trades can hopefully be halted. As the horns grow back this process is needed regularly and remains our top priority otherwise these animals would be killed. 

We spoke about Little Lesedi (which means light in Tsonga) who was born in the wild back in October last year, she was our first and the world's first rhino born from a rescued orphan mother that had been reintroduced into the wild. A true success and last month out on a drive our team witnessed the brave Lesedi chase off a herd of lions and you can watch the video here

We are unable to open our rescue centre to tourists and visitors which would obviously bring in an income but by keeping our centre closed we are able to ensure minimal human interaction which allows us to make successful reintroductions for these animals into the wild - your donations make this possible and we thank you! 

What is next? we are getting to the end of our donated funds so our priority is feeding our K9's and horses to keep up patrols but we hope to raise more funds so we can prioritise our dehorning ofr those that are growing back and to help the emergency response teams to remain in operation and responding to the multiple calls coming through. 

Thank you for your support! 

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Introduction 

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 2 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.

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It costs $1500 to dehorn one rhino and this project has successfully dehorned 200 rhino in the last 18 months. 

Thank you for your support

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Mum and Baby enjoying life in the Bush

Dear Rhino Friends and Family,

 

Our team has been working hard since COVID-19 Lockdown..

While this is a good thing as we have saved the lives of 200 more Rhinos, it is a very sad time for us as we really don’t want to take any horn from a Rhino but this really is our last resort of saving them. The choice is a rhino with no horn versus a dead rhino. 

Funding for protecting our rhinos largely relied upon tourism and in March 2020 the President of South Africa forced a lockdown to help combat COVID-19 but resulted in the collapse of income for us to protect the rhinos. What was worse that without funding and without tourists in the reserves poachers found this as a prime time for them not to be caught and poaching attempts increased overnight. 

We are proud that since lockdown and with the support of donors and fundraisers around the world that even with the collapse of tourism our team was able to coordinate and fund the dehorning of nearly 200 rhinos on local reserves across the country. It’s been a very challenging and difficult time but we thank the team for going out their way during the lockdown to help keep the rhinos safe. 

 

Why are rhino horns so valuable? 

In Vietnam and across Asia it is understood that locals believe the Rhino horn, that is made from the same substance as our fingernails, is a healer from many illnesses however this has never been proven by science to our knowledge. 

While medicine seems to be the largest factor of these horns it is also understood that owning a rhino horn also shows a status symbol of wealth within your community. It is understood that the horns are shared within family and professional networks to demonstrate their wealth and to aid business deals. Gifting a whole rhino horn is a way to get favour from those in power. 

People believe that the horn is a medical cure for fever, hangover, gout, cancer, stroke and many other life threatening illnesses. Currently based on the black market it is estimated that a horn is worth around $65,000 USD per Kg. A White Rhino has two horns weighing around 5kgs.

Studies have shown that as horns are from poaching in Africa there is still a great deal of ignorance and acknowledgement of the issue in Asia and while we will not be able to change everyone’s opinion it is important to educate and share the issues we face with as many people as possible. 

We continue to run a number of initiatives to keep our rhinos in South Africa safe and this is only possible with your support now more than ever before so thank you!

Thanks,

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Introduction 

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 2 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.

Report 

The success of this project will significantly improve the security of the wildlife protected, deter illegal rhino poachers & 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 & thus survival of the reserve itself and the jobs of hundreds of people from surrounding communities. Your donation of $25 provides the wages for one fully trained and equipped ranger to protect rhino for one day.

Thank you for your support

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Introduction 

Rhino poaching is a devastating problem across both the public and private sectors. Everyday at least three rhino are poached in South Africa predominantly due to lack of resources and intelligence.

Report 

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. $25 pays for a qualified and fully equipped ranger for the day to protect the rhino population both contributing to the conservation of rhino but also promoting sustainable livelihoods in the local communities.

Thank you for your support

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Action Change (Formerly GVI Trust)

Location: London - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Tyrone Bennett
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$67,713 raised of $100,000 goal
 
1,360 donations
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