StopRhinoPoaching.com is actively involved in the fight against rhino poaching with a national footprint for strategic funding of security initiatives and ranger support on the frontlines. We support significant rhino populations in selected reserves (national, provincial and private) as well as regional security and investigations activities within established security hubs where arrests are likely to be effected.
Helping rhino reserves to enhance their efficiency and optimise their security capabilities - both proactively and reactively - ensures that rhino lives are saved. A fundamental component of rhino security lies with the rangers themselves, the thin green line who stand between a rhino and a poacher. Making sure that rangers are well trained, properly equipped and motivated goes a long way to ensuring herd safety on a reserve.
- Excellent trust relationships.
- A respected work ethic, culture and corporate governance.
- An excellent understanding of the evolving poaching threat.
- Informed about our selected stakeholder's requirements.
- Integrating force between selected security stakeholders; Government, public and private.
- The ability to scale projects according to available funding through strategic partnerships.
OUR FOCUS AREAS
STRATEGIC SECURITY STAKEHOLDER RELATIONS
The survival of the rhino depends on trust and collaboration. Sadly though, relationships are peppered with politics and the rhino arena has attracted a highly complex group of stakeholders. StopRhinoPoaching.com has, over the last five years, successfully gathered together a group of like-minded and proven individuals who's dedication to the rhino cause is to be highly commended. We regularly initiate workshops and think tanks with these individuals to promote information sharing, lessons learned and strategic planning. This group extends beyond South Africa and includes roleplayers in Namibia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Mozambique.
RESEARCH AND DOCTRINE
StopRhinoPoaching.com, in partnership with the CSIR and Logtra Solutions, are actively initiating projects to incorporate field knowledge, best practices and lessons learned into guidelines for use by enforcement teams.These documented guidelines are then shared with strategic stakeholders in the rhino protection environment in order to enhance operational efficiency. Click here for the CSIR website (Defence, Peace, Safety and Security page) and click here to visit Logtra Solutions.
SUPPORTING INVESTIGATIONS AND SECURITY STAKEHOLDERS
StopRhinoPoaching.com is playing an enabling role in supporting government security organisations and private institutions. We have provided equipment support to investigators around South Africa, ranging from laptops and cell phones through to crime analysis software and training.
Secure Communications: The CSIR, Seecrypt and StopRhinoPoaching.com have joined forces to better protect Africa’s rhinos with the help of military-grade secure communications. Seecrypt’s significant contribution of a sponsored secure communication system (full Enterprise Suite) ensures that operational efficiency and information flow of rhino protection initiatives are protected against criminal networks. Seecrypt's technology provides end to end, highly encrypted, communications on mobile devices for all the leading mobile operating systems, including iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Mobile 8. Now voice calls, text messages and images can be securely shared by identified users involved in the fight against rhino poaching. Click here to visit the Seecrypt website.
Rhino Crime is a secure investigations software program developed by StopRhinoPoaching.com and the CSIR for use by rhino investigators and selected stakeholders. Rhino Crime will enable investigators to share data more effectively.
Advanced analysis tools are used to optimise information collected. To date we have invested in 5 such software systems in support of various stakeholders. Click here to visit the ISS website.
Cmore is a Command and Control platform developed by the CSIR and successfully implemented in the Kruger National Park. StopRhinoPoaching.com will be assisting in a Southern African role-out of Cmore to interested rhino reserves and security hubs. Click here to visit the Cmore website.
We have been privileged to get to know some of the rangers responsible for keeping our rhinos safe - a journey that has been a rewarding and humbling experience. These dedicated individuals face incredible challenges - not only in the form of hardened poachers who wouldn't think twice about killing them - but most work for institutions that lack the budget to provide even the most basic kit items, let alone top quality training.StopRhinoPoaching.com has funded a wide range of training and skills development initiatives to help prepare rangers and reserve managers for the challenges they face to protect rhino. We are also funding Tactical First Aid Courses, in collaboration with trainers ER24, to help ensure that rangers in high risk areas receive the necessary skills and trauma packs to treat gunshot wounds.
Equipment support requirements range from basic kit to more advanced technologies. Handsets for secure communications,thermal vision units, night vision units, security and digital cameras, camera traps, roadblock equipment, a ranger tactical trailer, trauma packs, aerial support, GPS's , laptops, ipads / tablets, tracker dog kennels, apprehension equipment, vehicle support (fuel and servicing), backpacks, forensics tools, communication systems, operational spotlights, etc form the basic list. We ensure that equipment is properly utilised and looked after, especially when it comes to high value items such as thermal and night vision devices. Advanced technologies only act as a force-multiplier when applied within a concept of operations and standard operating procedures have been well thought out. StopRhinoPoaching.com takes these factors into account when placing advanced technology.
Working under constant pressure, be it operationally in the bush or the continuous organisational and public pressure that comes with the territory, takes its toll. For many a ranger, this war has been relentless in every way possible. Gone are the days of doing everyday conservation work, working as a ranger in a rhino reserve now requires the skills of a battle-honed soldier. Compounding the challenges faced in the field, family life is put on the back burner resulting in a breakdown of family relationships. Rangers and their families are isolated within communities that harbor poachers. Ranger's face death threats. Rangers families are threatened. At the end of the day, what makes a ranger on patrol who comes across a poachers spoor a) decided to follow it knowing that at the end of a few hours of hot pursuit and physical exhaustion lies an armed poacher or b) decide to turn a blind eye and pretend he never saw anything? The answer to "a" is feeling appreciated, being recognised, being motivated.
Rangers wellness is a focus areas very close to our hearts, which is why we have embarked on two specific projects.
- Project Embrace, which focuses on the psychological well-being of rangers in the Kruger National Park. Our support in this regard falls under the Game Rangers Association initiated Ranger Wellbeing Project.
- Mpumalanga Black Aces Football Club initiative. Click here for more.
RHINO DOGS AND HANDLER TRAINING
SCHOOLS FOR RHINOS
We have had the most incredible support from schools around South Africa. Children have opened their hearts to rhinos, and have raised awareness and funding in the most special and creative ways. Please click on our Schools for Rhino page to find out more about getting involved.
We are proud to have partnered with the CSIR on various National projects and commend their ongoing efforts to help combat rhino poaching.
The Cmore Command and Control Platform, developed by the CSIR, is the system of choice deployed and proven in the Kruger National Park. It is our pleasure to be working alongside the CSIR Cmore team to ensure that rhino reserves around Southern Africa are introduced to this technology. For the media release on phase one of the national roll out click here.
StopRhinoPoaching.com, a longstanding CSIR partner was involved in selecting participants from their extensive network of counter-poaching partners. For security reasons, workshop attendance was per invitation only. "We selected people who work in high density rhino areas where good coordination between the reserves is already taking place," says StopRhinoPoaching.com founder Elise Daffue. "The fact that Cmore is absolutely secure and provides real-time information means that the rangers and managers are able to strategise their responses much faster than before.”
An excellent feature on the CSIR's work in the Kruger National Park, the video below captures the challenges of counter-poaching efforts in vast areas and the associated technology roll out as a force-multiplier.
Our sincere thanks to the CSIR for their collaboration in a Tactical Trailer for Mpumalanga Parks and Tourism Agency.