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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,

 

Today, the availability and fluidity of online communication has dramatically impacted the war against poaching on private game reserves in South Africa. Anti-poaching units (APUs) must remain one step ahead of poaching syndicates in order to be better prepared and respond immediately to emergency situations. In order to remain advantageous, APUs must have a faster connectivity and higher quality resources to ensure competent protection. 

 

Improving the connection on Karongwe

After meeting in February with the head of the APU on Karongwe Private Game Reserve – Dean, he mentioned the difficulties he was facing in terms of communication struggles both for him and his current ranger team on the reserve at their APU base. Dean was struggling with cell phone signal, which he was using for all his anti-poaching activities, from admin tasks to responding to emergencies in the field with his team. With the help of the GVI Trust’s “Saving South Africa’s Rhinos” Fund, we were able to assist with the installation and subscription of a reliable Wi-Fi connection for an entire year at the APU base on Karongwe. 

 

Wheels keep on turning

In September 2016 The GVI Trust assisted with the purchase of Karongwe’s APU patrol vehicle – a second-hand Toyota Land Cruiser. The availability of this vehicle has made a significant impact towards our APU’s presence and mobility on the reserve. In February, the patrol vehicle’s oil coolant system had become rusted and its water pump started leaking, requiring urgent repairs. With cash available on base thanks to participant purchases of our Rhino & Cheetah T-shirts, we were able to quickly purchase the necessary parts needed for the repairs so that the vehicle could be up and running again quickly. The use of this vehicle is vital in the protection of our wildlife and human habitants on the reserve.

 

This fund is dedicated to the protection of the wildlife on the Karongwe reserve where GVI Limpopo operates. Dean, his anti-poaching unit, and reserve management personnel risk their lives every day to protect the people and wildlife here, and without a fully functioning and operational base and patrol vehicle the chances of something detrimental happening to our vulnerable wildlife or the people that reside here increases dramatically.

 

The ongoing role of GVI Limpopo and The GVI Trust to Karongwe’s APU & reserve management teams is essential to ensure the sustainability of our operations, and without our donors’ generous donations and support, we would surely see the negative impacts. From the bottom of our hearts once again, we thank you!

 

Love, 

 

The Karongwe Team 

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Dear Supporters,

 

On the 30th of November we hosted yet another fun-packed Pub Quiz fundraiser at our local Mahlahla Game Lodge. The purpose of this event was to finish raising funds for the final touches to our three boom gates that surround our reserve in the Harmony Block. These boom gates play an indispensable role in monitoring suspicious activity around the reserve and keeping poachers at bay.#

 

Pub Quiz Fundraiser

After some seriously needed upgrades to the living conditions of our security guards, it was time to focus our attention on further upgrades to the boom gates and to acquiring essential radio equipment for the anti-poaching team. It is imperative that the team can communicate effectively to one another in such a vast area where mobile phone reception is not always available. 

 

This year’s Pub Quiz brought a fantastic crowd of benevolent people from the local community together for a night full of laughter and banter. Movie quotes, bush knowledge and music trivia were some of the categories of questions asked during the pub quiz. The quiz ended with a suspenseful tiebreaker, as it was very competitive until the end. One of the highlights was watching adults run around like children during the scavenger hunt!

 

Our volunteers worked exceptionally hard and got their creative juices flowing to produce wonderful prizes for raffle ticket winners. Prizes included rhino-shaped cakes, a painting of Karongwe’s majestic male lion and photographs taken of various wildlife on Karongwe printed onto canvas. Volunteers and staff also spent hours the night before baking delicious brownies and scrumptious cookies which were also given away as prizes and sold throughout the night. Some amazing prizes were also generously sponsored by local retailers in Hoedspruit, which included the top raffle prizes of one-night breakaways for two at some of the top lodges in the surrounding area!

 

All in all, the event was a huge success and the night concluded with some funky dance moves and jovial singing.  In the end we raised over ZAR30,000 on the night, as well as a whopping GBP150 through our online fundraising page! This will be more than enough to not only purchase proper radios for the team but finish the upgrades to the third and final boom gate. This money will go a long way in ensuring the protection of not only our precious wildlife but those who live in the area as well.  

 

Love,

 

The Karongwe team

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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

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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

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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

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Global Vision International Charitable Trust

Location: London - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Daniel Sitarenios
Exeter, Devin United Kingdom
$47,465 raised of $50,000 goal
 
1,018 donations
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