Written by Elise SerfonteinAnyone following this crisis will know that corruption at all levels is killing rhinos and has been for years now. Systematic and specifically targeted infiltration to criminalize useful individuals to achieve criminal objectives. Calls for integrity management in state run reserves has been ping-ponged across the boardroom table for years now, as...

The dangers they face.Armed poachers, dangerous animals, life threatening situations.In the line of duty, protecting parks potentially comes at mortal cost, especially for rangers involved in anti-poaching.Has that ever, truly sunk in though?Its not until you watch a friend grab his rifle and backpack and run out the door as the radio reports shots fired,...

The Government of South Africa announced recently that 451 rhinos were killed by poachers in 2021. South Africa has lost more than 9,000 rhinos to poaching since the start of this crisis in 2007. Elise Serfontein, the International Rhino Foundation’s South Africa advisor and the Founding Director of StopRhinoPoaching.com, recently sat down to collect her...

Twenty-four rhino carcasses were found at various nature reserves and parks in South Africa since 1 December, the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment confirmed on Tuesday.The department said seven carcasses were found in Mpumalanga, seven in the Kruger National Park, six were discovered in KwaZulu-Natal and four in the Western Cape."The department condemns...

Renowned and well-respected South African wildlife veterinarian Dr Dave Cooper has taken to social media to share his exasperation with the country’s rampant rhino poaching – and to call the government and resident South Africans to arms. Cooper is involved in various organisations, including Rhinos Without Borders, African Wildlife Vets (which he co-founded) and he...

Kruger National Park, home to the largest herd of wild rhinos left in the world. South Africa’s flagship reserve and, to many, the place where the fight against rhino poaching will either be won or lost. It’s the rhino’s last frontier - 3 549 white and 268 black rhinos left. In actual fact, less. Rhinos are back in the...

More betrayal, though it's becoming the norm.Here's the thing.In predominantly State run reserves, it appears more and more that insiders - be they corrupted rangers, general staff, security personnel etc - are the ones killing more rhinos than the unemployed and underprivileged community members neighboring the parks. While the conservation world scrambles for funding to...