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Welcome to StopRhinoPoaching.com
South Africa's rhinos are in crisis, and we're doing everything we can to help by channeling public support to selected key reserves and rhino security projects. You will have heard that there is no 'silver bullet' to end rhino poaching and that it's an incredibly complex battle. Never have truer words been spoken. While there are numerous organisations addressing various focus areas, we concentrate on the very basics - keeping rhinos alive and buying them time while diplomatic solutions are found. We're committed for the long haul, and its going to take all of us to win this.
Since the start of the poaching epidemic in 2008 South Africa has lost over 2600 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 and many reserves are working closely with their communities in this regard.
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 too late to address the poaching situation, though at least towards the end of 2013 this seems to be changing. 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, poachers openly call themselves 'professional hunters' and have become "Robin Hoods" in their communities...all factors that make up the complex web of challanges that need to be tackled.
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). 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
R5 612.83 from BushStraps for SRP merch sales Jan and Feb
R6 000.00 from Epoch Resources
R3 147.10 from Uplands Prep in White River (thanks Summer!)
R29 625.00 from SMAAK Screen Guards from Above and Beyond
R54 409.00 from RNE Engineering and Projects (half from RNE's personnel and equalled by the Company Directors on behalf of the Company) Thank you!!
R3 290.00 from Rachel Guise-Brown
R8 975.00 Olienhout Res First Year Students
R5 944.00 from Bushpilots and Dr George Kraus
R25 650.00 from Gordon van der Spuy's aucton on Flyloops.net
R1 173.00 Aucor
R1 000.00 from Du Plessis Birthday
R3 000.00 from Tyger Valley College Trail Run
R8 000.00 from Amicus
R10 000.00 from Beith Digital
R57 987.84 from Dr Alex Kendziorski
R1 806.00 from the Gutsche children cake sale
R5 000.00 from Darryl Rudman - thanks D for your incredible ongoing support!
R62 000.00 from ??? - ref says Umbono? Please drop us a mail so that we can say thank you!
R22 000.00 from African Creative and their Locked Horn Project
R5 355.00 from Dejay Hiring
R3 000.00 from our special friends ARTat385
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
R49 759.00 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 - JANUARY 2014
R8 442.00 for 6 cameras and accessories for Operation Lebombo, Mozambique.
R41 310.00 to the Eastern Cape Green Scorpions via the Royalton fundraiser.
R20 000.00 to the Chipembere Rhino Foundation, Eastern Cape.
R26 425.00 to Phinda for their Working on Wildlife rangers. Thanks Gordon van der Spuy and another R800.00 via Olienhout Republic!
R15 238.25 top up for a Thermal Vision Unit, Kruger Special Operations.
HOW WE'VE HELPED - DECEMBER
R18 399.55 for 2 laptops and software for Operation Lebombo, Mozambique.
SA Express and BushStraps Tracker Dogs graduate in the Kruger Park - see our e-brochure.
Facilitated the handover of 2 Thermal Units from RAGE for use by Jack Greef's team in the Sabi Sand.
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 mortems.
The Republic of Olienhout, The Rhino Climb (trek to Everest Base Camp) 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 raised during Olienhout's Rhino Week this year.
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, Charter Us, Dis-Chem Brooklyn, Finditads, Heunis Steel, iStorage-Africa, Jacaranda FM, Jenna Clifford, Lite-Optec Mag-lite and Isosteel, Locked Horn Project with African Creative, Master Trucking, Olienhout Republic, Rhino Bars, Rhino Firelighters, Serentiy Crafts / Ruby Tuesday Jewelers, Supreme Mouldings, Swazi Candles, Thomas Rundle Dakar 2014.
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: R131 270.00!
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.