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Since the start of the poaching epidemic in 2008 South Africa has lost over 2000 rhinos - a figure that, despite so much effort, increases daily. Coupled with the increasing poaching figure comes the question – why after all this are we still losing more rhino than ever? Sadly, few people realize the challenges facing those on the frontlines – thousands of kilometers to patrol with little to no idea of where the poachers plan to hit next. At this stage the poachers have the upper hand – they know when, they know how, and if need be they’ll just come back another day or hit a softer target.
Bearing this in mind, intelligence driven operations (knowing the when and the how) are the cornerstone to cracking the level 1 and 2 syndicates (see our Learn More About Poachers page), which is why we’re putting as much available funding into investigations and informant networks as possible while at the same time still focusing on training and special equipment. Winning the hearts and minds of communities living around rhino reserves is paramount to intelligence gathering - a special focus of SRP's in certain areas in 2013.
There has been a large proliferation of level 1 poaching gangs, with new gangs becoming involved all the time. There is evidence of gangs hiring in guns and/or shooters from other gangs, gangs splitting to form new gangs and some gangs selling horns off to the highest bidder. Mozambique has a lot to answer for when it comes to doing far too little to address the poaching situation. Their citizens illegally breach our border, armed with illegal semi-automatic/automatic weapons (on its own an act of terrorism and a matter of National Security) with the intent to kill rhinos in Kruger. Mozambique is upset that South African's are killing their people, yet never mind the threat to our rangers and troop's lives this side. The community upliftment from poaching profits in Mozambique is staggering, so why would a government already in bed with Vietnam and China do anything to alleviate rhino losses this side?
Reflecting back over the last two years since StopRhinoPoaching.com’s launch in June/July 2010, to where South Africa is today, noteworthy progress has been made (though we still lack an influential political champion). Mobilizing a country is no easy task, let alone getting everyone to pull in the same direction, and the synergy that has been forming amongst various stakeholders and role-players in encouraging to see.
The figures are soaring despite so much effort by so many good people. That said, too many rhinos still die because of ineffective systems, the lack of political will, empathy and sheer bloody negligence. SRP.com will continue to channel funding towards specific projects, putting as much as we can into areas containing larger rhino populations that are managed by DEDICATED and RESPONSIBLE conservation minded rhino owners/custodians. There are many groups doing their bit in areas where they can make a difference. Our focus is on the rangers, APU's, security and managers - the thin green line that stands between the poachers and the rhinos. Some days are soul destroying, the sheer vastness and cruelty of what we are up against is overwhelming, but no matter how bad it gets we have to keep on trying. No matter what, all of you, please don't give up.
Thank you to the NWCRU, the SAPS Hawks, prosecutors, investigators, security companies, responsible rhino owners, reserve managers, staff, APU rangers, NGO's, rhino champions and all those who strive day and night to keep rhinos safe. Thank you too to everyone who has supported the cause. For a review of what StopRhinoPoaching.com has achieved for rhino, please click on our e-booklet below.
To every person out there who has had the unforgettable experience of encountering a rhino. To each of you out there who has always longed to do so.
To anyone who calls themselves a lover of nature, a supporter of conservation, a human being, let’s stand together as a nation proud and DO SOMETHING.
My sincerest thanks to all who have supported StopRhinoPoaching.com, the success of this site is all thanks to you. Please, we have to keep on fighting. - Elise Daffue, Founder.
For a full breakdown of all that SRP.com and its supporters have done for rhinos, please click on the e-booklet below.
RECENT HANDOVERS AND FUNDS RAISED
R150 000.00 from The Rhino Climb
R17 889.00 from Olienhout Republic Rhino Week
R50 000.00 handover from Finditads
R25 995.00 from SMAAK
R20 000.00 from Numatic International
R19 100.00 from the Zoological Society of Cincinnati
R13 500.00 from Trinity College, Little Falls
R2 202.40 from St Patricks College
R15 195.55 from Bush Straps - SRP Merch sales for Sept
R4 038.00 from Reddam House
R36 333.00 to date from the amazing Cheryl Raath and her Rhino Bars
R18 000.00 from Alu-Cab - thank you Jeremy and Mich!!
R60 970.00 for SAA Pilots - thank you all so much!
R5 000.00 from PPE Technologies
R10 000.00 for Arrive in Africa
R7 643.86 from Dynamique Primary
R40 000.00 from Tobie Reyneke's Double Washie
R43 261.65 from BushStraps for July sales of SRP Merchandise!
R43 050.00 from Smaak
R41 310.00 and more on the way for the Eastern Cape from Royalston
R58 226.00 via all our Pay Pal donors -thank you!
R25 000.00 from Charter Us Wine Auction (see wine donors on our Project Page)
R72 412.50 ($7 500.00) from, Joe Exotic.com and The Rare Species Fund
R51 920.00 from SAA Pilots towards their tracking dog. Thanks guys!
R20 000.00 from Heart 4 the Wounded - thank you Liezl!
R50 000.00 from SAXPA (SA Express Pilots Association) towards a tracking dog - and amazing contribution from all the SA Express pilots!
R50 000.00 from an incredible anon donor
R5 000.00 from Nevada Furniture (a monthly contribution!)
Monthly contributions from: Darryl Rudman, Chemstrat Industrial and Accenture
Thank you to all the companies, organisers, clients, participants and supporters who made these donations possible. Thanks to each and every one of you we'll be able to do a lot more - together - to help our rhinos.
Thank you to our dear friend Phil Hatting for putting the following video together for us!
HOW WE'VE HELPED - NOVEMBER
Sponsored out first Close Combat Course - the first of many with James Smart of Street Smart Combatives. Thank you Alu-Cab, your R13 000 went toward this course! With increasing aggression from poaching gangs, we need to invest in various kinds of ranger training. James's excellent course will be a focus of ours next year.
Organised and sponsored SRP Security & Think Tank Meeting in Kruger.
R20 000 for 4 camera traps, Big Game Parks, Swaziland.
Purchased 9 knives for Forensics and Hawks in Gauteng to help with post moretms.
The Republic of Olienhout, The Rhino Climb and StopRhinoPoaching.com proudly handed over R150 000.00 to Phinda Private Game Reserve on Friday 15 Nov. A further R17 889.00 was also donated to the reserve, funds rasied during Olienhout's Rhino Week this year.
HOW WE'VE HELPED - OCTOBER
R33 000.00 worth of equipment to Kruger Special Operations, including a bite suit for tracker dog training (thank you Darryl Rudman and the SA Express, SAA and Comair pilots) and top quality ration packs (thanks to Cheryl Raath and her Rhino Bars)
1 Thermal Unit, donated to GRU for use in Kapama. Thermals are exceptionally expensive, and a huge thank you to Tobie Reyneke and his Double Washie challenge which raised R40 000.00, combined with Trinity College's R13 500.00 for making the purchase of this unit possible.
R36 000.00 towards a raodblock trailer for Save The Waterberg Rhino via funding from RAGE.
R9 800.00 - bite suite for Kruger Special Ops thanks to Darryl Rudman's SA Express Pilots, SAA Pilots and Comair Pilots supporting rhinos project.
R23 635.48 - Ration packs, tactical kit and tactical water filters for Kruger Special Ops (Ration Packs thanks to Cheryl Raath's Rhino Bars)
R5 050.00 - pilot training and hangarage of our plane in the E Cape.
HOW WE'VE HELPED - SEPTEMBER
R19 385.00 - Equipment for GRU.
R30 000.00 - Camera Traps and Ground to Air Radio for Save The Waterberg Rhino.
R9 736.00 - kit purchases in support of Kruger Special Ops.
Badger Rhino Dog, training costs proudly sponsored by SRP, returned to Kruger as a tracking dog.
HOW WE'VE HELPED - AUGUST
R109 000.00 - 2 Thermal Vision Units to Sabi Sands, thanks to a generous donation to SRP.com from Lion Sands for use in the reserve.
R50 000.00 to an informant fund in KZN.
R47 155.00 for specialised equipment - GRU
R12 000.00 for high quality ration packs - Kruger Special Ops, Kruger Rangers, Mpumalanga EMI's
R11 000.00 for the SRP.com Security Think Tank meeting in the Kruger with key role-players from around the country.
R8550.00 for an Intelligence handling course (GRU)
HOW WE'VE HELPED - JULY
Purchased 1 high-end laptop for investgations.
Purchased 50 pairs of overalls to be used by suspects arrested for rhino poaching while their clothes are analysed by SAPS Forensics.
Sponsored Gyrocopter operations over Vaalkop Dam area.
5 more tracker dogs deployed thanks to our incredible sponsors.
HOW WE'VE HELPED - JUNE
Purchased 3 Bullet Proof Vests - Phinda
Purchased 15 tracking books for distriution to rangers
Managed the 3rd Quemic/SRP Rhino Security Management Course, this time sponsored by RAGE
HOW WE'VE HELPED - MAY
Purchased 5 mobile phones for an informant network in the Lowveld
R22 650.00 purchase of optics for Game Reserves United (GRU)
R9 000.00 spent on torches
R15 000.00 from Bush Straps to train Kruger Park Tracker Dog Zorro (Bloodhound X Doberman)
Winning the hearts and minds of surrounding communities, and how this helps our rhinos.
Engaging the communities through dialogue, support and improved awareness on the plight of the rhino is essential to increase community participation in conservation and protection of rhinos. Local communities are the first to notice “strangers” in town. Communities who benefit from the reserve act as eyes and ears, reporting on any suspicious behaviour. Appreciative mothers who have peace of mind that their young children are in safe hands during the day, will be especially vigilant in return.
A very big thank you to PPG SA and PPG International for their considerable donations towards two creche developments for communities outside Zululand Rhino Reserve, KZN.
SRP.com's PROJECTS AND PARTNERSHIPS...how, together, we're making a difference.
Summary of current fundraising partnerships. Please visit our Projects page for more details.
Above and Beyond Distributors - Smaak, Almanac Publishers, Alu-Cab, Art @ 385, Best Build Cement, Bush Straps, Caxton, Dis-Chem Brooklyn, Finditads, Heunis Steel, In2Plastics, Jacaranda FM, Jenna Clifford, Lion Sands Bed Nights, Lite-Optec Mag-lite and Isosteel, Locked Horn Project with African Creative, Master Trucking, Olienhout Republic, Rhino Bars, Rhino Firelighters, Rhino YPO Interns, SAXPA and SAAPA, Serentiy Crafts / Ruby Tuesday Jewelers, Slowriding, Supreme Mouldings, Swazi Candles, Tsonga Textiles, Village Mall Hartebeespoort.
JENNA CLIFFORD RHINO PROJECT
After numerous requests for an exclusive rhino jewelry range, we were delighted to have been approached by Dex Kotze, CEO of Jenna Clifford. Dex, a keen conservationist, has put his heart and soul into this project, as has everyone at Jenna Clifford. We are very proud to have partnered with the Jenna Clifford Rhino Project. Click here to view the collection.
FUNDS RAISED SO FAR: R101 645.00!
JACARANDA FM's PURPLE RHINO PROJECT in partnership with StopRhinoPoaching.com
July - Well done to the Martin Bester Drive Team for raising R1.6 million and counting during their Give Kili Horns Campaign!
Equipment for rhinos reserves has already been purchased and is operational in various benificiary reserves. We'll do handover pics in January!
- 30 rangers trained and numerous handovers to rhino reserves, as well as the incredibly successful tracker dog fund raiser with The Wild, The Parlotones and SRP.com. AS OF MARCH 2013, ALL 11 TRACKER DOGS HAVE BEEN DEPLOYED - Click here to see the Purple Rhino Project!
4 SRP.com dogs deployed, 11 Jacaranda FM dogs deployed, 7 currently training. click here.