Protecting Rhinos

by David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
Protecting Rhinos
Protecting Rhinos
Protecting Rhinos
Protecting Rhinos
Protecting Rhinos
Protecting Rhinos
Protecting Rhinos
Protecting Rhinos
Protecting Rhinos
Protecting Rhinos
Protecting Rhinos
Protecting Rhinos
Protecting Rhinos
Protecting Rhinos

Project Report | Jan 11, 2024
Protecting Rhinos - January Update

By Jo | Senior Fundraising Executive

Inka the Rhino - Save The Rhino Trust
Inka the Rhino - Save The Rhino Trust

David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) has been a proud protector of rhinos since our inception in 1984. We continue to fight for rhinos across Africa and Asia, thanks to your generous support.

Over the past six months, our partners in Namibiahave continued with core rhino monitoring work and maintaining high levels of patrol effort across the Kunene range, encompassing 25,000km2 of protected area. As a result of this intense effort, no poaching has been reported for an impressive 38 months. This is a milestone worth celebrating and is due to the constant presence of boots on the ground, directly enabled by DSWF’s funding – which would not have been possible without your support. Our work in this fragile landscape not only ensures the safety of the rhino population but also serves as a safety measure for all other wildlife within patrol areas.

Our team have been working hard on the ongoing expansion of the rhino ranger programme and the re-introduction of the species in the Nyae Nyae landscape. A new vehicle has been procured and an experienced ranger team have been deployed, adding an additional 4,000km2 of protected area. The new team deployed in the area is led and mentored by a driver and a tracker from the Kunene landscape with vast experience. Utilising a strategy based on the success in Kunene, we expect strong results in this new landscape over the coming years.Providing employment in this economically depressed region creates a positive link between wildlife and livelihood development, which in turn leads to a reduction in poaching and an increased sense of pride within communities for wildlife and the environment.

The ability to maintain continuous field presence and ensuring boots on the ground at all times is fundamental to rhino protection. The cost-of-living crisis presents an ongoing challenge with the price of basic commodities continuing to rise in tandem with fuel costs across Namibia. Compared to 18 months ago, the fuel price in Namibia has increased by 80%, making patrols vastly more expensive to run. Ongoing funding from DSWF is vital to ensuring ranger patrols continue, if patrols were to decrease, we would see a sharp rise in poaching.

Unfortunately, the season did not provide as much rain as our field partners had hoped for, which is a matter of concern, as the rhinos and other wildlife in the area depend on anabundant supply of rain for water and food long term. Furthermore, when there is adequate food and water, there is a correlating increase in rhino breeding. The ongoing drought in the Kunene region has unfortunately claimed several young calves this year, alongside other factors such as human-induced disturbance and the low availability of browse. The drought, which is related to climate change, also has a negative impact on the underground water supply within the landscape, and our partners have identified a need to allocate funds to rehabilitate water points within the rhino landscape. The team have already started to equip dried up natural springs with small water pumps to provide much needed water for wildlife.

Ongoing community work in Namibia is continuing to motivate and inspire individuals to protect our environment. World Rhino Day celebrations were attended by over 1,500 members of villages local to Kunene and provided a unique opportunity for them to come together and enjoy celebrations, sports, and music. The day aimed to grow support for the Rhino Pride Campaign through engaging and educating the younger generation about the importance of saving rhinos from extinction, with vibrant music videos that blend rhino conservation with music and dance (Piri Gure Save The Rhino Official Video 4k - YouTube). In addition, the Reading with Rhinos programme has been implemented into the Nyae Nyae region, with the training of 11 teachers to run the programme across six local schools, and 193 learners taking part so far. Overall, this programme has benefited around 970 learners since its inception.

Thank you, with your support, we can continue to protect rhinos across Africa and Asia.

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Rhino Landscape - Credit James Kydd
Rhino Landscape - Credit James Kydd
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David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

Location: Guildford, Surrey - United Kingdom
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Lawrence Avery
Guildford , Surrey United Kingdom

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