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With armor-plated skin, they’re tough enough to take on natural predators, but have no defense for humans with guns.
Rhinos are one of the most critically endangered species on earth. Not too long ago, at the turn of the 20th century, over 500,000 of the large mammals could be found roaming across Africa and Asia. The awful rise of poaching for rhino horn and habitat loss has since decimated the rhino population. There are currently close to only 27,000 rhinos left in the wild outside parks and sanctuaries—five species of Asian and African rhinoceros. Three of those five are critically endangered: black, Javan and Sumatran.
Rhino horn is poached to sell on the black market mostly in China and Vietnam. The misconception that the keratin in rhino horn has medicinal properties that can cure a variety of ailments from hangovers to erectile dysfunction has made rhino poaching lucrative.
Our vision is to provide secure and sustainable environments for all species of rhino to thrive for generations to come.
We will achieve this by working in two key areas. Firstly, in the field we will establish secure rhino strongholds through the creation of innovative protection strategies, sustainable land management operations that ensure a rich, biodiverse ecosystem and inspire local communities to proactively engage in rhino conservation.
Secondly, we will work around the world to ensure sustainable long term rhino conservation by developing a community of interested and engaged people and donors through international education programmes. Develop an innovative, entrepreneurial approach to funding rhino conservation.
The largest rhino population in the world, found in Kruger National Park in South Africa, has decreased by over 60% in the last ten years. Building on a decade of active rhino conservation across Africa, Helping Rhinos has a vision to reverse this trend and ensure a safe and reproductive future for rhino by creating ‘Rhino Strongholds’.
Continuing to work predominantly in Africa, the goal is to expand wild spaces by working with local communities to restore degraded land and create wildlife corridors.
Rhino Strongholds are areas that provide the best possible security to reduce the risk of poaching and are large enough to allow the rhino to demonstrate natural behaviours, including migration between territories and genetically diverse breeding, without the need for hands on intervention by humans.
Local communities will be integral to the success of Rhino Strongholds, which will provide employment opportunities and engage local people in wildlife conservation through education programmes and initiatives that improve livelihoods.
Rhino Strongholds will have a rich biodiversity and a healthy ecosystem that benefits a wide variety of both fauna and flora species. The areas will have scope to increase in size through the restoration of degraded habitat and the dropping of fences between already established wildlife areas.
There are three key components to a Rhino Stronghold:
- Anti-Poaching Patrols
- APU K-9 Units
- Aerial Surveillance
- Rhino Orphanages
- Rhino Range Expansion
- Rhino Population Growth
- Habitat Restoration
- Scientific Research
- Local Community Empowerment
- International Education Programme
- Local Education Outreach
- Improving Livelihoods of Local Communities
- International Awareness Initiatives
The Black Mambas are South Africa’s first all-female anti-poaching unit. They are 36 young African women who patrol 50,000 hectares of the Balule Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park. Kruger is home to the largest population of rhino in the world and also is victim to more poaching attacks than any other area.
These women, with a passion for wildlife and rhino conservation, are also the voice in the community through their conservation work. The objectives of the Black Mambas is not only the protection of rhinos through boots on the ground and a presence on the frontline, but also through being a role model in their communities. They want their communities to understand that there are far greater benefits to them through rhino conservation rather than poaching.
The mobile veterinary unit is based at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya and assists with the timely treatment of wildlife, including the rhino and other endangered species. The vehicle also allows the vet team to visit local communities to treat domestic animals, which increases the positive relationship between the communities and the Conservancy.
Zululand Rhino Orphanage is the only dedicated rhino rehabilitation centre in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. 14 rhinos have been cared for at the ZRO with 6 having been released back into the wild.
What can you do to help?
Buy art here on the ENDANGERED site, knowing 70% of your purchase goes directly to Helping Rhinos.
Visit helpingrhinos.org to donate, adopt, shop and signup.
Donations enable us to continue our work in protecting rhinos in their natural habitat. Adoptions are a great way to help our partner programmes continue their work caring for rhino, including baby orphans, training anti-poaching dogs and sponsoring the work of South Africa’s only all-female anti-poaching unit.