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Protecting White Rhinos in South Africa

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust
Protecting White Rhinos in South Africa
Protecting White Rhinos in South Africa
Protecting White Rhinos in South Africa
Protecting White Rhinos in South Africa
Protecting White Rhinos in South Africa
Protecting White Rhinos in South Africa
Protecting White Rhinos in South Africa
Protecting White Rhinos in South Africa
Protecting White Rhinos in South Africa
Protecting White Rhinos in South Africa

Dear Supporters,

 

Arriving back to base covered in paint, volunteers were excited to announce the completion of boom gate one! 

 

Boom Gates

Three boom gates surround our reserve in the Harmony Block, keeping out unwanted vehicles and people. Living conditions for our security team and members of anti-poaching were less than ideal. We held a pub quiz in December of last year and raised R29,000 to renovate and reconstruct the buildings that house our first line of defence against poachers. Along with your generous donations from Global Giving, in total we raised upwards of R80,000!

 

After a fresh coat of paint from our volunteers, boom one has been completed and reconstruction of boom two has commenced. Renovations include new doors, walls, windows and bathrooms with running water. The greatest reward of all during this process is the newfound joy on our security guards faces as they see how much we appreciate them and how essential they are for the protection of the iconic species that inhabit our reserves.

 

Pub Quiz Fundraiser

Following the awesome turn-out of our pub quiz last year, we’ve decided to hold another one on the 30th of November to raise the rest of the funds needed to finish boom two and complete boom three. Interns and volunteers are busy organizing for this event and are creating fresh content for trivia questions. We’re hopeful to have the same numbers as last year, as this is a chance to bring together people who are all working towards to same cause – the conservation of South Africa’s natural world. 

 

Stayed tuned for the outcome of our pub quiz being held in late November! 

 

Once again, a massive thank-you to our generous donors for your ongoing support during 2019. We can barely contain our excitement to see the conclusion of our Boom Gate upgrades towards the end of this year, and we look forward to starting the next big project with you all come 2020!

 

Love,

 

The Karongwe team

Dear Supporters

 

Following on from our last report, three high-tech cellular camera traps were purchased to assist our
reserve management team who follow up on potential poaching threats to the reserve. The traps have
since arrived and are already well being well utilized by the team.

 


GVI Karongwe chose the renowned “Spartan HD GoCam” for this project, as the trusted brand delivers
an innovative wireless option that sends real-time images to your mobile phone or desktop. They can
detect the difference in movement between objects of different sizes, and you can choose what is
immediately sent through to your device – a very important attribute on a reserve protecting our
endangered wildlife!

 


These well camouflaged cameras have been specifically placed in “hot-spots” known to our Anti-
Poaching Unit, and are randomly rotated between these areas to not alert any unwanted visitors to
their presence.

 


The team couldn’t be happier with this latest addition to their field resources, as this also keeps our
Anti-Poaching team prepared and therefore safer from any potentially dangerous situations.
Boom Gates

 


Some amazing news from the renovations to our once dilapidated Boom Gate 1 – construction is now
complete! Since our last report the building team were busy plastering walls, positioning windows,
and installing water tanks for the ablution facilities. All that is left now is a good lick of paint from our
volunteers and this building will be transformed to a well-equipped foundation for reserve protection.

 

Stay tuned to get the latest on the second construction efforts of Boom Gate 2!


Our continuous efforts to fund the evolving war against poaching would be unsustainable without the
direct support of our donors. Through The GVI Trust we can keep one step ahead of those who would otherwise seek to damage the delicate balance of wildlife conservation; and for that we are forever

 

Truly grateful

 

With Love

 

The Karongwe team

Dear Supporters, 

After the success of our Pub Quiz fundraiser in early December, we have been left with substantial funds to transform three security gates that surround Karongwe Game Reserve.

Boom Gates

Four weeks ago, Leah and a local builder met at the first of three boom gates to be tackled. Materials were purchased on the spot and building commenced the following day.

Brick by brick the building started to take shape and after only two short weeks the majority of the building was complete. All that now remains is the plastering of the walls and installation of windows. This unit has been transformed from an unstable structure made of wood and shade netting to a sturdy structure which will keep unwanted guests such as snakes and mice out as well as stand the test of time.

Following further fundraising events, we will be purchasing permanent water tanks to allow for installation of toilet facilities.

These boom gates are the first line of defence for a number of small private nature reserve within the Harmony Block, including Karongwe. It is important that these gates are maintained so that those who patrol at all hours of the morning have a safe, comfortable space to rest and live within.

Cellular Camera Traps

Three cellular camera traps have been purchased in addition to the upgrade of the security gates. These high-tech cameras are completely undetectable at night and are enabled to send real time information to the reserve of potential breaks/threats. Watch this space for pictures of the traps in action!

With the threat of poaching sitting right on our doorstep, action is imperative. Poaching syndicates have seemingly endless financial means to pour into ‘bigger and better’. We can only attempt to keep up.

It is through your generous donations that we are able to inject funds directly to the front line.

Love,

The Karongwe team

Dear Supporters, 

In early December, Leah and a small team of quiztastic GVI interns organised a Pub Quiz fundraiser to test local knowledge for a good cause.

Tables were unfolded, tablecloths laid and pens placed, all in preparation for our biggest fundraiser of 2018 – The Mahlahla Pub Quiz. The event took place on the 1st December and after some serious lobbying, we managed to pull a crowd of over 100 people. The best attendance for a fundraising event in our small slice of South Africa for years!

Funds raised from the event were to go directly towards the Harmony Block boom gates, which serve to monitor traffic travelling the gravel roads running through the block itself. The Harmony Block is home to a small cluster of private game reserves, including Karongwe, who have provided safe space to ensure the conservation of some of Africa's iconic species. With poaching incidences on the rise, the need for protective measures increases daily.

Due to the resounding success of the evening we managed to raise a total of R29,000. In addition to this, the GVI White Rhino fund has committed to contribute a further R50,000 from your generous donations through GlobalGiving – leaving us with a total of almost R80,000!! This will go an extremely long way towards the upgrades of our boom gates ensuring better living standards for the staff and higher security measures.

As an extra bonus, not only did this event serve as a fantastic fundraising opportunity for GVI and the Harmony Block, but it brought many astranged groups of people together from the local community who often forget to say hello to their neighbours. We heard belly laughs and watched teams work cohesively to fight for that first place, and to finish the evening with a standing ovation was the most rewarding donation we could have asked for.

Now that the festive season has passed and contractors are back to work, plans are being drawn up in regards to the utilisation of the monies. Safe to say our hard working gate guards are going to be very surprised when they see what we have in store. Stay tuned for updates and pictures of the upgrades!

Thank you again for all of your support during 2018, we are incredibly excited to see what 2019 has in store and are grateful to have you along for the ride.

Love,

The Karongwe team

Capturing images of our rhino on camera traps
Capturing images of our rhino on camera traps

Dear Supporters, 

It has been some time since GVI has purchased equipment to assist Karongwe’s anti-poaching team. We have been busy in discussions with the reserve warden to ensure that we make the best use of the funds that you have generously donated.

We have some big plans in the wings, so our next move involves making the decision - where do we start?!

Three public roads border Karongwe Private Game Reserve. Fortunately two of these roads are gravel and controlled by secure boom gates. These gates are manned by a local security company and funded by Karongwe and other surrounding reserves. The ability to control public access to majority of the perimeter of our reserve is an important advantage for anti-poaching efforts. This importance becomes evident when historically, break-in’s occur on the public tar road that cannot be manned.

Eventually we hope to make major upgrades to these boom gates including improved resting facilities, 24/7 security cameras and fingerprint control hardware. Due to the large costs involved with these enhancements we will be co-ordinating a fundraiser towards the end of this year, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t take action now! In the mean time, together with the reserve warden, we have decided to concentrate our efforts on the road that is largely unprotected.

In May last year we reported on the intrusion to the reserve, which was captured on one of GVI’s camera traps. Unfortunately because we are located in quite a remote location our ability to set up wireless camera traps, which send real-time image, is unfeasible. Instead we will be purchasing black flash traps, which will be completely undetectable in the dark. These traps will be placed in areas of the reserve that are considered entry/exit hot spots in hopes that we catch images of perpetrators scouting these areas, before they manage to do any serious damage.

Thank you, as always, for your support.

Love,

The Karongwe team

 

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Global Vision International Charitable Trust

Location: Exeter, Devon - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Carly Kruyer
Exeter, Devin United Kingdom

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