Bearing this in mind, intelligence driven operations (knowing who, what, where, when and how) are the cornerstone elements to cracking the syndicates, 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 supporting core requirements. Winning the hearts and minds of communities living around rhino reserves is paramount to intelligence gathering and many reserves are working closely with their communities in this regard.
Reflecting back over the last few 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). Mobilising a country is no easy task, let alone getting everyone to pull in the same direction, and the synergy that has been forming among various stakeholders and role-players is 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 (especially the SAPS), the lack of political will, empathy and sheer bloody negligence on behalf of certain landowners.
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 best in areas where they can make a difference. 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.
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