Suspicious behaviour of ANY KIND that may be linked to rhino poaching can be reported by completing the form below.
Hawks Rhino hotline: 071 348 8630
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Alternately, you can contact Captain Hendrik Daffue, an Endangered Species Investigator with the HAWKS on 079 516 6110 or 082 506 3774. Captain Daffue will direct you to the appropriate NWCRU members in your province.
On the ground – important details to look out for:
- Suspicious vehicles patrolling in wildlife areas.
- Fence lines that have been cut.
- Talk of strangers in town asking about the occurrence of rhino in an area. Poachers are known to use women to approach farm workers, so please ask them to be alert.
As helicopters have played a key role in some of the rhino poaching operations, public awareness of low flying aircraft over game farms or reserve areas is of the utmost importance.
By law, no helicopter or aeroplane is permitted to fly below 1 500 ft over a designated game reserve area without the permission of the land owner.
Although helicopters are used for routine game capture activities, this is always done with consent of the game farmer owner. Please report any low flying aircraft, even if it turns out to be a routine capture.
Important details to look out for:
- Aircraft registration (although this may be taped over or covered up).
- The colour of the aircraft, stripes/pattern, number of occupants. Be specific e.g. a “blue helicopter” could be light blue / royal blue / dark blue.
- Time and area of operation, as well the direction in which the aircraft was heading. Also consider what the helicopter was doing. If it is high, flying fast and straight over, chances are that it’s a routine flight. Become suspicious when a helicopter is low, slow and obviously circling in an area. Please give us as much detailed information as possible. All reports are handled confidentially and are forwarded directly to the relevant authorities.
The key rhino investigators receiving tip-offs via this site would like to thank everyone who has submitted a suspicious report.
Please give us as much detailed information as possible, your report will be forwarded directly to the South African Police Endangered Species Desk.