Support Mounted Rangers Fighting Rhino Poaching

by African Conservation Trust
Support Mounted Rangers Fighting Rhino Poaching
Support Mounted Rangers Fighting Rhino Poaching
Support Mounted Rangers Fighting Rhino Poaching
Support Mounted Rangers Fighting Rhino Poaching
Support Mounted Rangers Fighting Rhino Poaching
Support Mounted Rangers Fighting Rhino Poaching
Support Mounted Rangers Fighting Rhino Poaching
Support Mounted Rangers Fighting Rhino Poaching
Support Mounted Rangers Fighting Rhino Poaching
Support Mounted Rangers Fighting Rhino Poaching
Support Mounted Rangers Fighting Rhino Poaching
Support Mounted Rangers Fighting Rhino Poaching
Support Mounted Rangers Fighting Rhino Poaching
Support Mounted Rangers Fighting Rhino Poaching
Support Mounted Rangers Fighting Rhino Poaching
Support Mounted Rangers Fighting Rhino Poaching
Support Mounted Rangers Fighting Rhino Poaching
Support Mounted Rangers Fighting Rhino Poaching
Support Mounted Rangers Fighting Rhino Poaching
Support Mounted Rangers Fighting Rhino Poaching
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Support Mounted Rangers Fighting Rhino Poaching

Project Report | Oct 15, 2021
Celebrating Rhinos, Rangers and a Decade of Conservation

By Kira Macdougall | Project Rhino & African Conservation Trust

Imphilo Entsha New Life Pre-School
Imphilo Entsha New Life Pre-School

Dear friends and supporters

The month of September is always a busy one for us, as we celebrate rhino in the lead up to World Rhino Day on the 22nd of September. It’s an intensive time of fundraising for our conservation projects like the Equine Units, but the month is also about educating and generating awareness among young and old alike. This year, we partnered with Pick n Pay School Club in a rhino colouring competition, and were delighted to have a number of schools from across the country participate in our “Civvies Day for Rhino,” whereby pupils pay a small donation to wear casual clothes to school and also use the opportunity to learn about protecting wildlife. But even more exciting was the re-launch of our Rhino ART environmental education programme on World Rhino Day, after taking a long break due to on-going COVID restrictions. Teachers and students have welcomed Rhino ART facilitator Richard Mabanga back, and have been eager to learn and creatively express their love for our wildlife.

The protection of our rhinos would not be possible without the brave men and women on the frontlines, who dedicate their lives to defending our wildlife. For the second year in a row, the Project Rhino K9-Unit were proud participants in the Wildlife Ranger Challenge - an initiative to support Rangers across Africa, who continue to see drastic cuts in resources and an increase in poaching due to the devastating economic impact of COVID-19. The K9 team participated in a number of small challenges in the lead up to the main event on the 18th of September, which was a 21 km run across tough terrain, in full uniform, while carrying a 22kg backpack and weapons. The event was a huge success, with more than 2,000 rangers from 125 protected areas in 24 African countries participating and in doing so, helping to raise more than $3M for their fellow rangers.

Finally, this World Rhino Day was an extra special one as Project Rhino celebrated its ten year anniversary: ten years of collaboration and ten years of fighting wildlife crime. Whilst we are sad that the rhino poaching crisis is still with us after so many years, we are also proud of our many accomplishments we have made in this time. These include; the founding of innovative anti-poaching units like the Zululand Anti-Poaching Wing (ZAP-Wing) and K9-Unit, reaching more than 600,000 youth through the Rhino ART (Let our children’s voices be heard) programme, supporting KZN’s equine units, the co-hosting of three World Youth Wildlife Summits, and the delivery of more than 1,5 million meals to impacted wildlife communities (in collaboration with our conservation partners).

A huge thank you to every member, partner, funder, donor and volunteer for your on-going support – we could not have done it without you. We look forward to the next 10 years of conservation action!

Rhino ART's Richard Mabanga
Rhino ART's Richard Mabanga
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African Conservation Trust

Location: Hillcrest - South Africa
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Sandy Grossmann
Hillcrest , South Africa
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