Our Unique 3-Step Plan

Rhino Revolution is tackling the escalating rhino poaching crisis with a unique three pronged approach, through:

  1. Implementing tough and innovative anti-poaching measures today - by providing and funding anti-poaching teams and equipment within the Greater Kruger area.

  2. Rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned rhino calves and other endangered species for future release;

  3. Educating and inspiring the young people of the impoverished, local communities – the conservationists of tomorrow.

 

Anti-Poaching

We fund and support a number of anti-poaching activities on the private reserves in the Greater Kruger Area. 

  • Rhino Revolution funds have refurbished the anti-poaching vehicle and provided a GPS system for the Balule Black Mamba Team, provided night vision equipment for Hoedspruit Farm Watch, donated a new anti-poaching vehicle for the Blue Canyon Anti-Poaching Unit together with radios, weapons and ammunition, and installed solar power at the Essem 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. 

  • Rhino Revolution funds a Canine Unit, consisting of a working dog and armed handler patrolling the reserve fence line every night.

  • Uniquely, ex-racehorses are used 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.
    Snares are most commonly found on our mounted patrols, another area of poaching we aim to tackle.

Orphanage Facility

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, and it continues to run successfully to this day.

  • This facility provides orphaned rhinos with a chance to overcome the trauma of a poaching incident, in a highly 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 SAVC trained veterinary nurse Jacky, works 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 all our patients 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 rescue, rehabilitate and release all manner of endangered species.

  • The facility is highly secure, situated within Khaya Ndlovu Game Reserve, 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 the calves via video feeds, as well as encouraging global support and engagement, and providing valuable security benefits.

Educating & Inspiring Future 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. 

  • The goal of Green Kidz is to educate young learners about environmental issues, and inspire them to become environmental leaders and for nature - through having fun whilst learning, and broadening their horizons and aspirations. 

  • The Green Kidz project, ran through Nourish, provides opportunities for children to learn life skills, farming, languages and other abilities enabling them to be self-suffient - reducing the need for poaching.

  • It is vital that community members learn the benefits of wildlife and the positive way they affect the ecosystem. We believe by encouraging the preservation of a biosystem within communities, all manner of species will be protected.

  • Rhino Revolution provides Environmental Education in the classroom, through weekly engagement and classes (currently at 11 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.