Protecting the Rhinos in the
Greater Kruger Area, South Africa

Rhino Revolution was started in 2011 by the concerned citizens of Hoedspruit, including respected rhino conservationists and private nature reserve owners, who came together to try and reduce the escalating poaching crisis in this critically important rhino conservation area. What started as a community based action group, under the auspices of founder Trevor Jordan, is now an internationally recognised NPO, with an office in Dubai, and is proud to be supporting rhino conservation through rigorous anti-poaching activities, conservation awareness programmes and now the provision of the world class rhino orphanage.

The Rhino Issue & Need.

South Africa has by far the largest population of rhino in the world and is an incredibly important country for rhino conservation. However rhino poaching has reached a crisis point (1,215 killed in 2014 compared to just 13 in 2007) and if the killing continues at this rate, rhino deaths will overtake births in 2016-2018, meaning rhino could go extinct in the very near future. 
Rhino Revolution is located at the heart of South Africa’s greatest rhino population – the Greater Kruger Area, which includes Kruger National Park (light green on the map), and the adjacent “corridor’’ of Private Nature Reserves (dark green on the map), and consequently is at the epicentre of the poaching crisis.

At this point there are approximately 12,000 Rhino left in National Parks (mainly Kruger Park) and 8,000 Rhino in Private Nature Reserves. Rhino Revolution concentrates its support on the private reserves. The National Parks face enormous problems but they are relatively well funded.

Rhino Revolution’s Activities

  • Supporting anti-poaching measures
  • Rhino Orphanage and Hospital
  • Green kidz – educating conservationists

Supporting anti-poaching measures

We fund and support a number of anti-poaching activities on the private reserves in the Greater Kruger Area.  These include refurbishing the anti-poaching vehicle and providing a GPS system for the Balule Black Mamba Team, providing night vision equipment for Hoedspruit Farm Watch, providing a new anti-poaching vehicle for Blue Canyon Anti-Poaching Unit together with radios, weapons and ammunition and, installing solar power at the Esem Scout Camp.  Rhino Revolution also funds dehorning of rhino. Although this does not provide a long-term solution, we believe it deters poaching activity, particularly when it is publicised that the reserve has de-horned its rhino. Uniquely, since 2012, we also use ex race-horses for anti-poaching patrols, as the mounted guards can reach areas inaccessible to vehicles, quickly and silently and efficiently look out for any signs of criminal intent from the elevated field of vision that horseback patrols offer.

Rhino Orphanage and Hospital

At the request of wildlife rehabilitation expert Karen Trendler, the team at Rhino Revolution embarked on an ambitious project to raise the funds to build and establish a world class rhino rehabilitation facility in the Greater Kruger Area. This facility provides the orphans with a chance to overcome the trauma of a poaching incident, in a protected environment. Within hours of capture, the Rhino Revolution team will have a traumatised animal housed in a safe environment with the appropriate veterinary care.  Our in-house registered RCVS trained veterinary nurses, Jade Aldridge and Natalie Rogers work under guidance from the relevant local big game veterinarians. We have the use of a rhino ambulance kindly made available by OSCAP/Protrack to transport calves. Our aim is to raise the orphans to be released back into the wild as undomesticated, self-sustaining animals. To achieve our mission, minimal human interference is crucial, and the orphanage is not open to the public. We therefore cannot rely on funding by using the orphanage as a paid tourist attraction.  The facility is highly secure, situated within the Blue Canyon Conservancy, with electric fencing, lighting, intruder alarm systems and watch towers with 24 hour armed guards. CCTV is installed – enabling “adopt-a rhino” sponsors to stay updated with news of “their” calf, via video feeds, as well as encouraging global support and engagement, and providing valuable security benefits. The orphaned rhino will be released into a protected area as a pre-release stage where there are no wild rhino who will fight them for territory. Our plan is to develop a sizable, interim facility for release, once the rhino are approximately three years old. Only once they are old enough and wise enough to fend for themselves will they go into the greater conservancy -"wild rhino area". This is another reason why we believe it is so important to dehorn rhino. They really do not have any natural predators and can fend for themselves without their horns.

Green kidz – educating conservationists

Rhino Revolution believes that a key way to stop poaching in the marginalised areas surrounding the Greater Kruger Area is by working alongside the local communities to address education needs and assist in sustainable poverty alleviation. So many of the young people living on Kruger’s doorstep have never had the opportunity to visit a park or game reserve, see wild animals, or understand the livelihood opportunities from tourism. Green Kidz’s goal is to educate young learners about environmental issues, and inspire them to become environmental leaders and ambassadors for nature - through having fun whilst learning, and broadening their horizons and aspirations. Activities include –
  • Environmental Education in the classroom, through weekly EE engagement and classes (currently at 7 different local government primary schools)
  • Conservation based field trips for groups of young learners to experience immersive learning in a natural environment. Rhino Revolution has funded a bus to transport the local students into the game reserves.

Help a Anti-poaching Ranger this Winter to protect our wildlife.

Days are getting darker and colder a lot quicker leaving our Rangers to work in the dark sooner than expected. You can Help with that now by Donating a Torch to a Ranger for only R450 !!

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