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$35,975

Dollars donated to date by the Council of Contributors to support
rhino initiatives in South Africa and Kenya.

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Current Projects

Project 017

IN MEMORY OF BELLA

Partnership:

A private reserve in the Eastern Cape

Date:

September, 2018

Location:

South Africa

Many of us were deeply saddned when in May of this year 20-year-old female white rhino Bella was killed for less than 2" of horn just 1 week after being dehorned for her saftey. Her rambunctious youg calf with a huge personality, Tank was instantly orphaned. We watched videos of Tank crying and crying for his mother. He was sad, lonely and confused. That was the emotional fuel we needed to support this reserve by funding new high-tech Anti-Poaching equipment to deploy on the front line. The remaining rhinos on this reserve are precious and must be kept safe at all costs.

Funding goal: $1,700

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Completed Projects

  LARGE WALK-ON SCALE   Thula Thula Wildlife Rehab Centre: South Africa     We bought a high-tech weighing scale for rhino calves and other wildlife. This important piece of equipment informs and monitors the diet, health and progress of animals as they recover and grow, especially in cases where illness or trauma are experienced.

LARGE WALK-ON SCALE

Thula Thula Wildlife Rehab Centre: South Africa

 

We bought a high-tech weighing scale for rhino calves and other wildlife. This important piece of equipment informs and monitors the diet, health and progress of animals as they recover and grow, especially in cases where illness or trauma are experienced.

  ADOPTING MUSCA   Pit-Track K9 Conservation Unit :  South Africa     Pitbull Terrier 'Super Ambush Specialist' Musca works in SA's most dangerous rhino poaching territories. He has expert training in rhino tracking, human tracking, blood-scent tracking & apprehension training. 

ADOPTING MUSCA

Pit-Track K9 Conservation UnitSouth Africa

 

Pitbull Terrier 'Super Ambush Specialist' Musca works in SA's most dangerous rhino poaching territories. He has expert training in rhino tracking, human tracking, blood-scent tracking & apprehension training. 

  ADOPTING HULK   Pit-Track K9 Conservation Unit: South Africa     Hulk is an experienced, 80kg Boerboel with exceptional apprehension abilities. He often goes on the road with his rangers to help educate in communities,  demonstrate anti-poaching training tactics and to patrol dangerous rhino poaching zones in South Africa. The COC covered 6-months of handler costs, equipment, facilities, food and veterinarian requirements. 

ADOPTING HULK

Pit-Track K9 Conservation Unit: South Africa

 

Hulk is an experienced, 80kg Boerboel with exceptional apprehension abilities. He often goes on the road with his rangers to help educate in communities,  demonstrate anti-poaching training tactics and to patrol dangerous rhino poaching zones in South Africa. The COC covered 6-months of handler costs, equipment, facilities, food and veterinarian requirements. 

  ADOPTING ORPHAN CALF, NOVA   Rhino Pride Foundation: South Africa     Nova was brought to the expert team at Rhino Pride Foundation in 2017. Her mother was sadly killed by a bull rhino. We lost a healthy breeding female and Nova lost her mother and the one to teach her how to "be rhino." The Council of Contributors is making regular donations to help support Nova with milk formula and veterinary needs.

ADOPTING ORPHAN CALF, NOVA

Rhino Pride Foundation: South Africa

 

Nova was brought to the expert team at Rhino Pride Foundation in 2017. Her mother was sadly killed by a bull rhino. We lost a healthy breeding female and Nova lost her mother and the one to teach her how to "be rhino." The Council of Contributors is making regular donations to help support Nova with milk formula and veterinary needs.

  BOOTS FOR RHINO PATROL RANGERS   Thula Thula Rhino Anti-Poaching Unit: South Africa     Wherever the adult rhinos roam on the reserve, the rangers follow. Their boots log miles & miles through rugged terrain and all weather conditions. We bought the entire team high performance Rogue Trackers with full-grain leather, water-proofing and thick rubber grip soles.

BOOTS FOR RHINO PATROL RANGERS

Thula Thula Rhino Anti-Poaching Unit: South Africa

 

Wherever the adult rhinos roam on the reserve, the rangers follow. Their boots log miles & miles through rugged terrain and all weather conditions. We bought the entire team high performance Rogue Trackers with full-grain leather, water-proofing and thick rubber grip soles.

  SOLAR POWERED CAMERA TRAPS   Rhino Revolution Black Rhino Breeding Program :  South Africa     Girlie & Jock were released on a vast reserve in the hope that they meet in the wild and mate. The COC sponsored two state-of-the-art camera traps with data capture software that allows Rhino Revolution's team to receive real-time photo and video data. This confirms their safety as well indicates if they have crossed paths.

SOLAR POWERED CAMERA TRAPS

Rhino Revolution Black Rhino Breeding ProgramSouth Africa

 

Girlie & Jock were released on a vast reserve in the hope that they meet in the wild and mate. The COC sponsored two state-of-the-art camera traps with data capture software that allows Rhino Revolution's team to receive real-time photo and video data. This confirms their safety as well indicates if they have crossed paths.

  VHF DIGITAL RADIO & UNIFORMS FOR RHINO PROTECTION UNIT   Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Rhino Monitoring Unit: Kenya     26% of Kenya’s rhino population lives on this 90,000 hectare conservancy. To ensure their safety, the Rhino Protection Unit is deployed daily to track and record each individual. Every rhino must be seen once every three days. The team monitors security, behavior, pregnancies, competing males, ecological changes and predators. The COC funded equipment and uniforms for four rangers.

VHF DIGITAL RADIO & UNIFORMS FOR RHINO PROTECTION UNIT

Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Rhino Monitoring Unit: Kenya

 

26% of Kenya’s rhino population lives on this 90,000 hectare conservancy. To ensure their safety, the Rhino Protection Unit is deployed daily to track and record each individual. Every rhino must be seen once every three days. The team monitors security, behavior, pregnancies, competing males, ecological changes and predators. The COC funded equipment and uniforms for four rangers.

  BAT HAWK ANTI-POACHING AIR SURVEILLANCE   Limpopo Rhino Security Group: South Africa     "Eyes in the sky" is the most effective poaching deterrent but an expensive one. We funded 25 hours of an aircraft, pilot and fuel for strategically deployed flights during key moments such as full moon or poaching threats. This group owns nearly 500 rhinos between them -- their protection is a top priority.

BAT HAWK ANTI-POACHING AIR SURVEILLANCE

Limpopo Rhino Security Group: South Africa

 

"Eyes in the sky" is the most effective poaching deterrent but an expensive one. We funded 25 hours of an aircraft, pilot and fuel for strategically deployed flights during key moments such as full moon or poaching threats. This group owns nearly 500 rhinos between them -- their protection is a top priority.

  CYBER TRACKER GPS RHINO MANAGEMENT PLATFORM   African Rhino Conservation Collaboration: Eastern Cape     CyberTracker is a user-friendly, practical and secure in-the-field data reporting platform for scientists studying rhino habitat and social behaviors. Land contours, food and water sources, grazing and browsing habitat data is all recorded and evaluated by the team who can then make optimal decisions for the rhino.

CYBER TRACKER GPS RHINO MANAGEMENT PLATFORM

African Rhino Conservation Collaboration: Eastern Cape

 

CyberTracker is a user-friendly, practical and secure in-the-field data reporting platform for scientists studying rhino habitat and social behaviors. Land contours, food and water sources, grazing and browsing habitat data is all recorded and evaluated by the team who can then make optimal decisions for the rhino.

  CUDDEBACK CAMERA TRAPS  uMkhuze Game Reserve, South Africa     uMkhuze's only full time Rhino Monitor needed help. Monitoring is difficult work involving daily treks through the bush to visualize individual rhinos using a database of photos. We funded 6 camera traps to place around the reserve helping the RM cover more ground, record more proof of life and potentially catch poachers.

CUDDEBACK CAMERA TRAPS
uMkhuze Game Reserve, South Africa

 

uMkhuze's only full time Rhino Monitor needed help. Monitoring is difficult work involving daily treks through the bush to visualize individual rhinos using a database of photos. We funded 6 camera traps to place around the reserve helping the RM cover more ground, record more proof of life and potentially catch poachers.

  RHINO HORN TRIMMING   Rhino Pride Foundation: South Africa     We helped cover costs for M99 tranquilizer drugs for 29 vulnerable rhinos urgently needing to be dehorned. Poaching in the area (near Kruger National Park) is rampant and populations are being decimated. Ground and Air teams donated time at no cost. This collaborative effort was to keep all remaining rhinos in the area as safe as possible.

RHINO HORN TRIMMING

Rhino Pride Foundation: South Africa

 

We helped cover costs for M99 tranquilizer drugs for 29 vulnerable rhinos urgently needing to be dehorned. Poaching in the area (near Kruger National Park) is rampant and populations are being decimated. Ground and Air teams donated time at no cost. This collaborative effort was to keep all remaining rhinos in the area as safe as possible.

  HEATERS FOR ORPHAN NIGHT PENS  Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary, South Africa     Every orphan calf from Kruger National Park goes to Care for Wild for veterinarian care and to be raised. It gets very cold in the South African winter months so the CoC funded heaters that were installed in all the rhino sleeping rooms to make sure they stay healthy and warm.  

HEATERS FOR ORPHAN NIGHT PENS
Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary, South Africa

 

Every orphan calf from Kruger National Park goes to Care for Wild for veterinarian care and to be raised. It gets very cold in the South African winter months so the CoC funded heaters that were installed in all the rhino sleeping rooms to make sure they stay healthy and warm.
 

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