StopRhinoPoaching.com is actively involved in the fight against rhino poaching with a national footprint for strategic funding of security initiatives and ranger support.
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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 4000 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. The organised crime syndicates that run poaching gangs are ruthless, often involved in other syndicated crime like vehicle theft and cash-in-transit heists. Rhino horn is just another commodity to them, but with less risk. They have established networks, including insiders within the authorities, and strive to make connections with reserve staff to disclose information on rhino and ranger locations. Corruption, at the end of the day, is our greatest enemy.
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 seemed 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. Although there is great emphasis on Mozambique, the damage being caused by local South African organised crime gangs is of grave concern.
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 (especially the SAPS), 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 individuals within the SAPS Hawks and Stock Theft Units, ECI's, EMI's, 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.
Focus areas for SRP support in 2015 are Phinda in KZN, Swaziland's Mkhaya, the Provincial Rhino Reserve we support in the Eastern Cape (name withheld) as well as Kruger National Park Special Projects.
For a full breakdown of all that SRP.com and its supporters have done for rhinos, please click on our e-booklet below.
RECENT HANDOVERS AND FUNDS RAISED
Special thanks and appreciation to all our donors.
R1 000.00 Som Mall (CSIR)
R1 000.00 from Dena Gamble
R221 090.40 from International Rhino Foundation for SRP core funding support
R13 228.18 from Go-for-Rhinos for GRU support
R14 608.00 funds via CRF
R30 000.00 from Semancor
R10 578.15 from BushStraps for sales of SRP Merchendise
R1 000.00 from Peter Campbell
R12 393.64 from Go-for-Rhinos for GRU support
R3 290.00 from Wilna, Wildtuin Ete
R5 000.00 from E Berry
R116 456.00 from International Rhino Foundation for our Eastern Cape Reserve
R7 716.00 from the Logan Family
R1 000 000.00 raised by CTM
R17 000.00 from African Creative
$5 000.00 to date from Go-for-Rhinos for Game Reserves United (GRU)
R11 619.55 raised for GRU
R279 921.96 from International Rhino Foundation for projects with Nyathi APU
R115 847.35 to date from SA Express's SRP Collection Boxes.
R173 800.00 to date from Cheryl Raath's delicious Rhino Bars.
R60 380.00 raised from The Rhino Climb for Phinda
R58 837.00 raised from 94.7 for Phinda
R139 312.01 from Almanac Publishers
R72 931.00 towards a Rhino Dog for Timbavati
R48 000.00 to date from Timeless African Safaris Function
R5 005.00 from PNet
R24 009.55 from BushStraps for sale of SRP Merchandise
R12 980.00 from Olienhout Republic
R8 017.05 from Somerset College Pupils
R162 691.50 from International Rhino Foundation - institutional support to SRP
R276 877.50 from Internationl Rhino Foundation for our E Cape Reserve Project
R2 000.00 Misc donation
R3 500.00 from Rogz
R5 000.00 from Victoria and Alexandra Seale
R10 000.00 from J de Beer
R5 422.80 from Bennie
R21 400.00 from Run4Rhinos for our Rhino Dogs Project
R5 000.00 from Michiel and Friends
R10 000.00 from Ryano Lieselk
R5 044.00 from Kenridge Primary
R25 000.00 from African Creative's Locked Horn Project
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!
CSIR COUNTER-POACHING IN THE KRUGER
An excellent feature on the CSIR's work in the Kruger National Park, this video captures the challenges of counter-poaching efforts in vast areas and the associated technology roll out as a force-multiplier. We are proud to have partnered with the CSIR on various National projects and commend their ongoing efforts to help combat rhino poaching.
A MUST WATCH (and share!) video produced by the CSIR with Bruce Leslie and Beertjie de Beer talking about the dog program in the Kruger.
SRP, with thanks to our donors and project partners, is proud to have sponsored 11 dogs as well as handler training to the Kruger National Park.
HOW WE'VE HELPED - AUGUST 2015
Air Operations Workshop, Hoedspruit
HOW WE'VE HELPED - JULY 2015
HOW WE'VE HELPED - JUNE 2015
R62 000.00 on Risk Analysis Software
R38 000.00 of kit to Kruger Special Ops Rangers
R37 179.72 on analyst capabilities
R14 750.00 on equipment for Swaziland
R11 000.00 on camera traps (funding from Timeless Africa Safaris)
HOW WE'VE HELPED - MAY 2015
R21 858.55 for IT equipment - various projects
R7 600.00 surveillance equipment
HOW WE'VE HELPED - APRIL 2015
R82 000.00 channeled for a rhino dog in the Timbavati
R47 296.20 of IRF funds to the reserve we support in the Eastern Cape
R27 200.00 for Informant Fund support in the Eastern Cape
R20 000.00 for Informant Fund support in the greater Kruger area
R3 950.36 towards the Kruger Foxhole
HOW WE'VE HELPED - MARCH 2015
R150 000.00 to Munyawana Game Reserve / Phinda Security Projects
R87 664.76 to date on MTPA Ranger Tactical Trailer equipment
R67 712.00 to Big Game Parks, Swaziland for new rhino dog kennels
R14 449.25 on a laptop and camera equipment for investigations
R6 549.10 on equipment for investigations
R5 688.60 on MTPA's mobile dog unit
R4 500.00 on reflective vehicle signage and bibs for visible policing Northern Zululand
R3 800.00 on dashcams x 4
Risk Analysis Training course for 5 people
HOW WE'VE HELPED - FEBRUARY 2015
R216 000.00 for risk management technology for investigators
R84 246.00 on ruggedised laptops for investigations
R57 285.00 on an analysis training course
R25 035.95 on wheels for our Foxbat (R17 000 from African Creative)
R12 614.00 for two SRP Risk Analysis Workshops
R12 000.00 on Kruger National Park support
R9 500.00 on dashcams x 10
R6 965.00 for handsets for our Seecrypt secure communications project
R4 101.43 for spotlights and accessories
R2 757.50 on security vehicle decals for disruptive operations
HOW WE'VE HELPED - JANUARY 2015
R5 640.00 E Cape reserve gate cameras
R8 659.00 GRU
R3 284.00 towards KNP ECI support
5 trauma kits for various officials and security staff
HOW WE'VE HELPED - DECEMBER 2014
R17 042.00 cameras for investigations
R35 597.96 Aircraft insurance for ZU-SRP
R15 607.00 on GPS's
R134 675.50 final phase of the IRF Ranger Base, E Cape Reserve
R2 197.92 Radio batteries, Manyeleti
R6 000.00 towards KNP ECI support
HOW WE'VE HELPED - NOVEMBER 2014
R53 733.10 for various laptops, cameras for investigations
R100 000.00 towards the IRF Ranger Base (Phase 2), E Cape Reserve
R7 156.92 to build MTPA dog kennels
R12 580.00 for our SRP KNP quarterly Think Tank meeting
HOW WE'VE HELPED - OCTOBER 2014
R6 790.00 towards KNP Ops Room Comms
R100 000.00 towards the IRF Ranger Base (Phase 1), E Cape reserve
R216 000.00 for risk management equipment
HOW WE'VE HELPED - SEPTEMBER 2014
R7 350.00 for suspect apprehension equipement
R6 000.00 towards KNP ECI support
R9 799.75 for a laptop for investigations
R3 000.00 for informant fees
HOW WE'VE HELPED - JULY + AUGUST 2014
R24 800.00 for camera traps and a cell comms booster for the reserve we support in the Eastern Cape
R16 792.49 towards support for Kruger Special Projects
R6 232.49 for backpacks, Mpumalanaga Parks Investigators
R13 671.00 for apprehension equipment for GRU (R10 000 from the GRU Wine Auction - thanks Kloppies!)
Dog Refresher Course for Bud and Seun, our tracker dogs in the E Cape
DNA kits for human DNA swabbing of poachers
15 Tourniquets for Kruger Special Ops Rangers
HOW WE'VE HELPED - JUNE 2014
R31 854.17 towards perimeter security and radio comms in the E Cape reserve we support.
R2 200.00 for 20 pairs of camo balaklavas.
5 boxes of a specialised forensics tool donated by Forensic Crime Lab - thank you!
HOW WE'VE HELPED - MAY 2014
R7 350.00 towards reserve security in the Eastern Cape.
Refresher training for Nadia and Scorpio, SRP sponsored tracker dogs in Swaziland.
R22 800.00 towards special investigations in the Kruger National Park area.
Purchased 2 sets of post mortem knives.
10 boxes of Dermagrip examination gloves sponsored by Klinica SA - thank you!
R10 944.00 Trauma med packs for KNP Special Projects staff.
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, African Fire Ball, Almanac Publishers, Alu-Cab, Art @ 385, Best Build Cement, Bush Straps, Charter Us, CTM, Jacaranda FM, Locked Horn Project with African Creative, Olienhout Republic, Rhino Bars, Serentiy Crafts / Ruby Tuesday Jewelers, SA Express, Siza Rhino, Supreme Mouldings, Swazi Candles.
For more information on this initative, click here.
R173 800.00 to date from the amazing Cheryl Raath and her Rhino Bars
FUNDS RAISED SO FAR: R138 350.00!
JACARANDA FM's PURPLE RHINO PROJECT in partnership with StopRhinoPoaching.com
July - Well done to the Martin Bester Drive Team for R1.6 million pledged during their Give Kili Horns Campaign!
- 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!
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