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Welcome to StopRhinoPoaching.com
South Africa's rhinos are in crisis, and we're doing everything we can to help by channeling public support to selected key reserves and rhino security projects. You will have heard that there is no 'silver bullet' to end rhino poaching and that it's an incredibly complex battle. Never have truer words been spoken. While there are numerous organisations addressing various focus areas, we concentrate on the very basics - keeping rhinos alive and buying them time while diplomatic solutions are found. We're committed for the long haul, and its going to take all of us to win this.
Since the start of the poaching epidemic in 2008 South Africa has lost over 2600 rhinos - a figure that, despite so much effort, increases daily. Coupled with the increasing poaching figure comes the question – why after all this are we still losing more rhino than ever? Sadly, few people realize the challenges facing those on the frontlines – thousands of kilometers to patrol with little to no idea of where the poachers plan to hit next. At this stage the poachers have the upper hand – they know when, they know how, and if need be they’ll just come back another day or hit a softer target.
Bearing this in mind, intelligence driven operations (knowing the when and the how) are the cornerstone to cracking the level 1 and 2 syndicates (see our Learn More About Poachers page), which is why we’re putting as much available funding into investigations and informant networks as possible while at the same time still focusing on training and special equipment. Winning the hearts and minds of communities living around rhino reserves is paramount to intelligence gathering and many reserves are working closely with their communities in this regard.
There has been a large proliferation of level 1 poaching gangs, with new gangs becoming involved all the time. There is evidence of gangs hiring in guns and/or shooters from other gangs, gangs splitting to form new gangs and some gangs selling horns off to the highest bidder. Mozambique has a lot to answer for when it comes to doing far too little too late to address the poaching situation, though at least towards the end of 2013 this seems to be changing. Their citizens illegally breach our border, armed with illegal semi-automatic/automatic weapons (on its own an act of terrorism and a matter of National Security) with the intent to kill rhinos in Kruger. Mozambique is upset that South African's are killing their people, yet never mind the threat to our rangers and troop's lives this side. The community upliftment from poaching profits in Mozambique is staggering, poachers openly call themselves 'professional hunters' and have become "Robin Hoods" in their communities...all factors that make up the complex web of challanges that need to be tackled.
Reflecting back over the last few years since StopRhinoPoaching.com’s launch in June/July 2010, to where South Africa is today, noteworthy progress has been made (though we still lack an influential political champion). Mobilizing a country is no easy task, let alone getting everyone to pull in the same direction, and the synergy that has been forming amongst various stakeholders and role-players in encouraging to see.
The figures are soaring despite so much effort by so many good people. That said, too many rhinos still die because of ineffective systems, the lack of political will, empathy and sheer bloody negligence. SRP.com will continue to channel funding towards specific projects, putting as much as we can into areas containing larger rhino populations that are managed by DEDICATED and RESPONSIBLE conservation minded rhino owners/custodians. There are many groups doing their bit in areas where they can make a difference. Our focus is on the rangers, APU's, security and managers - the thin green line that stands between the poachers and the rhinos. Some days are soul destroying, the sheer vastness and cruelty of what we are up against is overwhelming, but no matter how bad it gets we have to keep on trying. No matter what, all of you, please don't give up.
Thank you to the NWCRU, the SAPS Hawks, prosecutors, investigators, security companies, responsible rhino owners, reserve managers, staff, APU rangers, NGO's, rhino champions and all those who strive day and night to keep rhinos safe. Thank you too to everyone who has supported the cause.
For a review of what StopRhinoPoaching.com has achieved for rhino, please click on our e-booklet below.
To every person out there who has had the unforgettable experience of encountering a rhino. To each of you out there who has always longed to do so.
To anyone who calls themselves a lover of nature, a supporter of conservation, a human being, let’s stand together as a nation proud and DO SOMETHING.
My sincerest thanks to all who have supported StopRhinoPoaching.com, the success of this site is all thanks to you. Please, we have to keep on fighting. - Elise Daffue, Founder.
Focus areas for SRP support in 2014 are Phinda in KZN, Swaziland's Mkhaya, the Provincial Rhino Reserve we support in the Eastern Cape (name withheld) as well as Kruger National Park Special Projects.
For a full breakdown of all that SRP.com and its supporters have done for rhinos, please click on the e-booklet below.
RECENT HANDOVERS AND FUNDS RAISED
R1 000.00 from Robin Rimmer, in loving memory of his wife Tania who passed away in February this year. Our thoughts are with you Robin.
R150 000.00 from Master Trucking allocated to the Provincial Eastern Cape Rhino Reserve we support.
R51 713.70 via Paypal donations
R15 188.20 from Fourways High School
R5 649.30 from Lite Optec
R5 710.17 from BushStraps from SRP merch sales for March
R194 905.56 from BB Cement for support to Phinda and Kruger Special Projects
R32 000.00 from BushStraps from their SRP Rhino Survival Bracelets
R147 889.43 from Jenna Clifford - Jenna Clifford Rhino Range proceeds
R2 350.00 from Jenna Victor's 7th birthday. Donations instead of gifts (X Jenna)
R5 612.83 from BushStraps for SRP merch sales Jan and Feb
R6 000.00 from Epoch Resources
R3 147.10 from Uplands Prep in White River (thanks Summer!)
R29 625.00 from SMAAK Screen Guards from Above and Beyond
R54 409.00 from RNE Engineering and Projects (half from RNE's personnel and equalled by the Company Directors on behalf of the Company) Thank you!!
R3 290.00 from Rachel Guise-Brown
R8 975.00 Olienhout Res First Year Students
R5 944.00 from Bushpilots and Dr George Kraus
R25 650.00 from Gordon van der Spuy's aucton on Flyloops.net
R1 173.00 Aucor
R1 000.00 from Du Plessis Birthday
R3 000.00 from Tyger Valley College Trail Run
R8 000.00 from Amicus
R10 000.00 from Beith Digital
R57 987.84 from Dr Alex Kendziorski
R1 806.00 from the Gutsche children cake sale
R5 000.00 from Darryl Rudman - thanks D for your incredible ongoing support!
R62 000.00 from ??? - ref says Umbono? Please drop us a mail so that we can say thank you!
R22 000.00 from African Creative and their Locked Horn Project
R5 355.00 from Dejay Hiring
R3 000.00 from our special friends ARTat385
R150 000.00 from The Rhino Climb
R17 889.00 from Olienhout Republic Rhino Week
R50 000.00 handover from Finditads
R25 995.00 from SMAAK
R20 000.00 from Numatic International
R19 100.00 from the Zoological Society of Cincinnati
R13 500.00 from Trinity College, Little Falls
R2 202.40 from St Patricks College
R15 195.55 from Bush Straps - SRP Merch sales for Sept
R4 038.00 from Reddam House
R18 000.00 from Alu-Cab - thank you Jeremy and Mich!!
R60 970.00 for SAA Pilots - thank you all so much!
R5 000.00 from PPE Technologies
R10 000.00 for Arrive in Africa
R7 643.86 from Dynamique Primary
R40 000.00 from Tobie Reyneke's Double Washie
R43 261.65 from BushStraps for July sales of SRP Merchandise!
R43 050.00 from Smaak
R41 310.00 and more on the way for the Eastern Cape from Royalston
R58 226.00 via all our Pay Pal donors -thank you!
R25 000.00 from Charter Us Wine Auction (see wine donors on our Project Page)
R72 412.50 ($7 500.00) from, Joe Exotic.com and The Rare Species Fund
R51 920.00 from SAA Pilots towards their tracking dog. Thanks guys!
R20 000.00 from Heart 4 the Wounded - thank you Liezl!
R50 000.00 from SAXPA (SA Express Pilots Association) towards a tracking dog - and amazing contribution from all the SA Express pilots!
R50 000.00 from an incredible anon donor
R5 000.00 from Nevada Furniture (a monthly contribution!)
Monthly contributions from: Darryl Rudman, Chemstrat Industrial and Accenture
Thank you to all the companies, organisers, clients, participants and supporters who made these donations possible. Thanks to each and every one of you we'll be able to do a lot more - together - to help our rhinos.
Thank you to our dear friend Phil Hatting for putting the following video together for us!
HOW WE'VE HELPED - APRIL 2014
R25 000.00 towards equipment for Big Game Parks in Swaziland.
R34 684.50 to radio repairs and comms for the reserve we support in the E Cape.
IT equipment for the GRU Ops Room as well as Operational Equipment for the GRU team via support from Jacaranda FM and the Martin Bester Drive's Give Kili Horns Fundraiser.
HOW WE'VE HELPED - MARCH 2014
R147 889.43, rasied by Jenna Clifford and their Rhino Range, has gone towards ranger training and equipment for Phinda's WOW rangers. Thanks so much Dex, Jenna and all at JC!
R20 425.35, CCTV for the EC Prov Rhino Reserve we support.
R19 359.07, surveillance equipment for various security initiatives.
R11 300.00 to Sabi Sands, food support for Bobby Sniffer Dog.
HOW WE'VE HELPED - FEBRUARY 2014
R71 740.00 for Big Game Parks, Swaziland – Surveillance Equipment thanks to Bush Straps (R32 000.00) Above & Beyond Distributors - Smaak screen guards (R29 625.00) and SRP (R10 115.00)
R35 896.61 for Kruger Special Operations – Various equipment, ration packs (thanks Cheryl!)
R22 000.00 for Phinda - WOW Rangers thanks to African Creative?.
R14 000.00 for Kalserie – 4 x GPS’s, Radio Software thanks to Finditads.
R9 975.00 for Investigations via SRP funds.
4 more dogs Rhino Dogs, will have pictures soon:
Springbok (aka Scotty) tracker dog for Kruger from the SAA pilots.
Bobby, sniffer dog trained by MECHEM for Sabi Sands. Bobby was sponsored by The Dis-Chem Foundation via Jacaranda’s Purple Rhino Project.
Lola (aka Tikka) a beautiful chocolate GSP donated to us by Natasha du Plessis, tracker dog training and handler training via SRP funds.
Bejane, tracker dog training for Kruger via SRP funds.
SRP.com's PROJECTS AND PARTNERSHIPS...how, together, we're making a difference.
Summary of current fundraising partnerships. Please visit our Projects page for more details.
Above and Beyond Distributors - Smaak, Almanac Publishers, Alu-Cab, Art @ 385, Best Build Cement, Bush Straps, Charter Us, CTM, Dis-Chem Brooklyn, Finditads, Heunis Steel, Jacaranda FM, Jenna Clifford, Lite-Optec Mag-lite and Isosteel, Locked Horn Project with African Creative, Olienhout Republic, Rhino Bars, Rhino Climb 2, Rhino Firelighters, Serentiy Crafts / Ruby Tuesday Jewelers, Supreme Mouldings, Swazi Candles, Thomas Rundle Dakar 2014.
R75 277.00 to date from the amazing Cheryl Raath and her Rhino Bars
JENNA CLIFFORD RHINO PROJECT
After numerous requests for an exclusive rhino jewelry range, we were delighted to have been approached by Dex Kotze, CEO of Jenna Clifford. Dex, a keen conservationist, has put his heart and soul into this project, as has everyone at Jenna Clifford. We are very proud to have partnered with the Jenna Clifford Rhino Project. Click here to view the collection.
FUNDS RAISED SO FAR: R131 270.00!
JACARANDA FM's PURPLE RHINO PROJECT in partnership with StopRhinoPoaching.com
July - Well done to the Martin Bester Drive Team for R1.6 million pledged during their Give Kili Horns Campaign!
- 30 rangers trained and numerous handovers to rhino reserves, as well as the incredibly successful tracker dog fund raiser with The Wild, The Parlotones and SRP.com. AS OF MARCH 2013, ALL 11 TRACKER DOGS HAVE BEEN DEPLOYED - Click here to see the Purple Rhino Project!
4 SRP.com dogs deployed, 11 Jacaranda FM dogs deployed, 7 currently training. click here.