Posts Tagged With: fundraising

Ranger headquarters in shambles

Rangers go out on patrol for days at a time, in the wet, the heat, the cold to battle the unknown. But before they head out, they gather in the lecture/mess tent; to learn, to prepare, to eat, to share fellowship.

This is the scenario for our friends at NKWE, a wildlife security group training and employing rangers for nature reserves around Limpopo, and assisting SAPS in poaching investigations.

Recently their headquarters tent was torn in half by a storm, leaving them without a dry, shaded area for their gathering, a crucial part of their daily operation.

 

In addition to being the headquarters for their rangers, they also utilize the tent to assist the local community preparing food during community events; an important part of building relationships and trust with the locals.

NKWE provided dinner for the local community after a funeral.

NKWE prides itself on high standards of training, with a 12 month program in place in order for rangers to reach competency. The costs for such a lengthy and in-depth training is immense, with costs of R100,000 per recruit.

Recruits during a lecture.

For this reason, they need our help.

The tent is $971 to replace. Your donations would be immensely helpful. Please go to PayPal on our page and donate what you can.

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Exclusive Rhino Ornaments

We’re pleased to offer our exclusive ornaments this year-made specifically for Fight for Rhinos; Black Rhino Mom & Baby

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Made of sustainable maple
Approximate dimensions: 4″ x 2 1/2″ x 3/16″
Text: Peace, Love & Rhinos
Fight for Rhinos

via Paypal: Only $13.50 usd plus shipping (ships to USA, UK, Canada, Australia, Ireland, Denmark, Germany, France, Spain, Netherlands)
As always 100% of profits benefit our rhino conservation projects

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How much is a ‘Thank You’ worth?

Looking for a job where you’re unappreciated? Employee must:

  •  work for minimal wages
  • work long hours, spending weeks away from family
  • sleep in the bush in rain, sun, cold and heat
  • be constantly alert for wildlife hazards (i.e snakes, cape buffalo, lions, etc)
  • may be injured or killed at any given moment

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Sound extreme? That’s the life of a wildlife ranger. They do get appreciation from conservationists, at least in words. At “Fight for Rhinos”, we see plenty of “Thank You’s” in gratitude of their undaunting work. Unfortunately words are not enough. They need and deserve so much more.

In our current campaign “Training Rangers to Protect Rhinos”, we are raising funds to send an anti-poaching unit to human tracker training. This group has basic training, but is inexperienced with HUMAN tracking. In order to prevent more loss of rhino,  and for the safety of the rangers, we are seeking funds to send them to an Anti-Poaching Tracking Course .

A combined effort of “Go Fund Me” along with PayPal donations on our site have brought us to $600. We only need $400 more.

If all of our followers shared this story and turned their “thank you” into even $5, we would not only surpass our goal, but be able to send 13 more APUs to training!

Please help. Your little bit goes a LONG way.

Donate at Go Fund Me or Paypal on the left corner of our page.

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How to Track a Poacher 101

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photo: Southern Africa Wildlife College

Rangers are taught “basic training” in a short 6-8 week period of time. During this general training they learn

  • animal identification and behavior
  • bird identification
  • plant and grass identification
  • how to recognize and manage soil erosion
  • general patrol techniques
  • bush craft
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  • first aid

This is a lot to take in during a short amount of time. Once employed, they study and learn on-the-job with senior rangers. During their time with a reserve, there is constant in-house training to enhance or maintain their skills. Additional outside training is welcomed, but can be more costly.

Rangers have some familiarity in animal tracking, but humans are  another kind of animal. Poachers are an ever-present danger. Due to the increase and intensity of poaching, it is absolutely essential for rangers to learn how to track them within their area.

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Tracker training by Colin Patrick Training.

Human (or poacher) tracking teaches them

  •  Early detection of the presence of suspicious activities / presence of suspects.

  •  The systematic following of a suspects trail that can lead to the:

    •  Location of traps, snares, camps, entry and exit point, and poaching hot spots.

    •  Apprehension of the suspects whether it be trespassers or poachers

    • Gathering of invaluable intelligence on movement and operation patterns, level of skill, modus operandi,  and current weaknesses within the implemented operational plan, which will feed into the counter poaching model,

    • Gathering of evidence linking suspects to scenes of crime.

With poachers having the advantage of the element of surprise, working in groups, and often better armed, learning how to detect them is crucial both to the safety of the rangers and wildlife.

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FightforRhinos received a plea from a ranger in a smaller APU in southern Kruger to help them learn human tracking. We have found an outside, reputable training program to send them to. But we can’t do it without your help. To support our efforts, please go to Go-Fund-Me or make a donation through Paypal  on the Donate button at fightforrhinos.com
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In order to keep them safe, we must support THEIR protectors, the rangers. photo: Penny Wilson

 

 

 

 

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Training Rangers to Protect Rhinos

We’re starting out the new year with a Go-Fund-Me campaign to protect our rhinos and the courageous rangers who stand between them and the poachers.

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photo: Chris Galliers

We received a plea from a ranger belonging to a smaller anti-poaching unit in southern Kruger National Park. The loss of rhino in their area has left them feeling frustrated and helpless.  Aside from their basic training, they are in urgent need of a tracking course to enable them to better track poachers when they are in the area.

In this ranger’s words “It is important to go to such training as in most training centers or colleges they do teach us tracking but in a short period, and in those weeks there’s lot of things we’ve been taught (i.e animal identification, tree species, grass,soil erosion, patrol techniques, etc) so doing this specified human tracking will enable us to see clearly where and how the poachers came and to follow them if they’re inside the park.”

Please support and share this crucial campaign. ANY and every amount is hugely appreciated.

For more see: Rangers can’t do it alone, they need your help!

Go-Fund-Me: Training Rangers to Protect Rhinos

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Limited Time Summer t-shirts for Rhinos

The winning design for the summer tees is here!

Available in 8 colors and two designs-find the one you love. $19.99 USD per shirt. 100% of all proceeds go directly to our rhino conservation projects.

Buy Now!

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Our current projects include: Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the Black Mambas APU, Game Reserves United, and Vision Africa Wildlife.

 

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Vote for your favorite!

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Winning design will be featured on our summer tees! Vote for the tee you want to wear. Voting ends on July 7th. Share with your friends.

As usual, all proceeds from the tees will directly benefit our rhino conservation projects.

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Art Auction for Rhinos – the time is now!

AUCTION IS UP AND RUNNING NOW!

JUNE 1st at 10:00 am EST

The auction is held through Bidding Owl and will last until 11:55pm on June 9th.

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*Register at any point before bidding. Registering does not obligate you to bid.

*Shipping price included with art piece.

If there are any questions or concerns about bidding, the site or the art, please contact us at fightforrhinos@gmail.com

IF you do not see a piece you want or can purchase, please consider donating. EVERY donation helps and is greatly appreciated! You can donate on the Bidding Owl site or on our fightforrhinos.com site.

Good luck rhino lovers & thank you for helping us help them!

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Artist with Heart

Colin Frangicetto is the guitarist of Circa Survive. This indie band has toured the US with various groups, including My Chemical Romance. They’ve appeared on the Billboard top 100 and on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.

In addition to being a busy, experienced musician, Colin is a talented artist and rhino advocate. We are delighted to offer his contribution to Fight for Rhinos Art Auction.

Extremely detailed and precise, it is a one-of-a-kind pencil and ink drawing. Don’t miss your chance to bid!

Circa Survive on Jimmy Fallon.

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A little help from my friends..

Please sign and share our Thunderclap to promote our art auction for rhinos.

We only need 250 signatures to create a “thunderous” tweet to reach thousands. The more people we reach, the more potential there is for a successful auction. All proceeds will directly benefit rhinos!

 

Thunderclap for Rhinos Art Auction

 

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After the Wallow by Andrew Bone

After the Wallow by Andrew Bone

White Rhino by Mona Majorowicz

White Rhino by Mona Majorowicz

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