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We Remember…

Two years ago on the Kariega Game Reserve three rhino were poached. Two of them survived the initial attack. One was the infamous Thandi, the other died a few days after-that was Themba.

They were tended to by Dr. William Fowlds, the dedicated, tireless soldier who is absolutely invaluable to our rhinos.

We remember you Themba, we salute you Dr. Fowlds. We will continue to fight for all rhinos.

For more on Themba and Thandi, see the previous posts: Themba’s Legacy Lives On,  Thandi’s Story,  Thandi’s Progress

Fight for Rhinos and Helping Rhinos are proud to support Dr. Fowld’s initiative, the Rhino Protection Agency. Please consider making a donation (see donate button on the left of this page).

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SANParks, the Epicenter of the Poaching War

Helping Rhinos and Fight for Rhinos have teamed up with SANParks (South African National Parks)  in Kruger National Park.

Kruger National Park is home to around 65% of the world’s rhinos.  Devastatingly it is also home to around 60% of the rhino poaching victims in South Africa.

To save the rhino, it is imperative to focus on Kruger, which unfortunately has become the epicenter to the war on poaching. By teaming up with SANParks, we will support their anti-poaching efforts.

n 2013 SANParks launched their Ring-Fenced Rhino Account, meaning that all donations made in aid of rhinos will go directly to cause.

All the fundraising we carry out in the name of SANParks will go directly to their Ring-fenced rhino account, so you can be sure that you are contributing directly to the protection of the largest population of rhinos left in the world today.

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Meeting with Richard Benyon (centre), the Minister for DEFRA (dept for environment, food and rural affairs UK), Gen Jooste, Simon Jones (Helping Rhinos).

The Kruger Park anti-poaching activity is headed up by Major General (ret) Johan Jooste, and slowly but surely the General’s activities are bearing fruit.  When asked if we are winning the war with the poachers the General is honest enough to respond with “not yet”, but he is confident that the war will be won.  And having spent time with the General at a series of meetings in London (read more about those meetings here) and in the Kruger Park we are confident he will implement the strategies needed to start reducing the number of rhinos poached in the world famous and iconic park.

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Opportunity of a Lifetime: Don’t Miss It!

We are really excited to launch the details of our inaugural Helping Rhinos Exclusive Safari.  This is your chance to go on a trip of a life time, while at the same time making a practical contribution to rhino conservation.  Plus a significant amount of the money from your safari will directly fund Helping Rhinos/Fight for Rhinos in our field projects.

You’ll have the chance to take part in a rhino darting and chipping procedure, go tracking rhinos with telemetry and go behind the scenes at the world famous Kruger National Park to see the work being done to put a stop to the poaching crisis!!

See all the details below, but hurry if you would like to come along.  This really is an exclusive trip and there are just 6 places available.  To book your place call our travel partner Native Escapes on +44 (0)1342 834 700.

This trip is available to US and UK residents! If you have any questions, please contact Helping Rhinos OR Fight for Rhinos (fightforrhinos@gmail.com)

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Game Changing Day or Just a Lot of Talk?

When it comes to the Illegal Wildlife Trade, Thursday February 13th 2014 will either go down in history or will simply be forgotten in time – but which will it be?

iwt-delegates-webIt was this day in February that many of the world’s leaders and their representatives gathered in London to discuss and agree a way forward in tackling the growing crisis that is the trade in illegal wildlife.  Hosted by the UK’s Foreign Secretary, William Hague, and attended by HRH the Prince of Wales, HRH The Duke of Cambridge and HRH Prince Harry,   46 different countries were represented at the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference, including many Heads of State, and the outcome was the signing of the ‘London Declaration’ – and comprehensive action plan that, if achieved, has a very real chance of significantly reducing a trade that is threatening a large number of species with extinction.

But why was such a gathering even needed?  The illegal wildlife crime is now the 4th largest illicit trade in the world, behind only the illegal trade in drugs, arms and human trafficking. The illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be worth between $10 billion and $20 billion per year.

But why should we care? The trade is threatening a large number of species with extinction, and while the conference itself focused on species of  rhino, elephant and tiger, the outcome will support all species impacted by the trade.  But it is not only this very real threat to some of our most loved wildlife.  The trade is also known to fund a number of of different terrorist groups, and with the penalties associated with the trade in illegal wildlife much less than those associated with drugs, arms and human trafficking, many criminal networks have turned their focus on the wildlife trade.

There is also a human impact resulting from the trade in illegal wildlife.  Currently an average of 2 rangers lose their lives every week while simply doing their job of trying to protect our wildlife. That is 2 families every single week that lose a husband and father, and very often lose the only member of the family bringing in a wage to help feed them and keep a roof over their heads.  The consequences are devastating!

iwt-conference-webThis gathering in London of some of the most influential people in the world is of vital importance on so many different levels.  The ‘London Declaration’ is a strongly worded action plan and focuses on the following key areas:

  • Eradicating the market for illegal wildlife products
  • Ensuring Effective Legal Frameworks and Deterrents
  • Strengthening law enforcement
  • Sustainable livelihoods and economic development

You can read the full declaration by clicking here.

 

iwt-reception-banner-web-smallAt Helping Rhinos, we are delighted to have been invited to the reception event  for the conference, held at London’s Natural History Museum, and to have had the opportunity to talk to many of the conference delegates about the importance of not just the creation of the London Declaration, but also the importance of ownership and accountability in the delivery of the actions.

So will Thursday February 13th 2014 be a game changing day or just a lot of words?  Only time will tell, but the signs are good and our feeling is that we will look back on this day and reflect how it did help to stop a trade threatening the survival of so many species.

To contribute to Helping Rhinos and Fight for Rhinos, please go to the Paypal link on the left. Your support is needed more than ever.

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Game Reserves United : The Heart of Rhino Country

Fight for Rhinos and Helping Rhinos is supportive of Game Reserves United (GRU). GRU  is an alliance of private game reserves on the western border of the Kruger National Park (KNP).

The main purpose of GRU is to establish a reliable and unified intelligence. It is supported by experienced counter-insurgency and counter-intelligence individuals, and closely aligned with law enforcement agencies. This approach is unique and could be the leading example for collaborating landowners when it comes to poaching.

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Since 2008, the private reserves to the west of Kruger have greatly increased their investment into security to help combat the escalating threat of rhino poaching.  This increased investment is not only improving security for rhinos on the Park’s western boundary, but the benefit is spilling over in the Park itself.

So far the project has had the following results:

  1. The number of rhinos poached in the project area has declined by 50% per annum over a three- year period.
  2. Intelligence operations are focused, collaborative and coordinated and the information generated is well-managed across the project area.
  3. GRU works in collaboration with the KNP and other law enforcement agencies.
  4. In partnership with SANParks, promote the creation of additional field ranger positions to be deployed in the participating reserves for improved area coverage.
  5. There is improved communication resulting in improved area integrity management.
  6. Through an MoU with SANParks, there is alignment of the Private Sector’s efforts with those of the KNP to reduce operational discord between the sectors and bring about improved regional integrity

We need your support to continue this project. To support us in the preservation of the rhino,  please see the DONATE buttons on the left or bottom of the page.

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Photo by: Markgo Djurica/Reuters

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The Year Ahead: 2014 Starting with a Bang

ffr and helping rhinoBeginning January 1st, US based Fight for Rhinos will be teaming up with UK based Helping Rhinos. We will be coming together to unify efforts in our battle to save the rhinos.

Since poaching is not a singular issue, Helping Rhinos supports multiple campaigns including:

*Reserve Protections Agency

*Game Reserves United

*Ol’ Pejeta Conservancy

*South African National Parks (SANParks)  (Helping Rhinos is the only UK charity to be partnering with them)

It is our belief that the way of progress lies in organizations working together to support funds, ideas, and programs in order to have the best chance at success with rhino conservation.

We look forward to sharing the success stories and bringing tangible benefits of our partnership with you in 2014 and beyond!

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Hope Floats

Christmas is a time to believe in miracles; a time of hope, faith and love. Please carry that with you as you go forth and spread the word about the war on poaching. Rhinos and elephants are poached at an alarming rate (2 a day for rhinos and 80 a day for elephants), and their future is uncertain. But, they are still here. And while they fight to survive, we must fight for them.

If little Ntombi had the courage to fight the poachers away from her mom, then the determination to fight for survival after those same poachers turned on her with machete attacks, who are we not to keep fighting for her? (Ntombi’s story)

Karen Trendler with Ntombi at the Rhino Orphanage.

Little Kiliguni, the orphan elephant, found dehydrated , wandering alone through the savanna after his mother was poached, tail bitten off, and chunks taken out of his ears from the hyenas who came to feast on his mother’s poached body. He was resilient! Joining the other orphans, forming new familial bonds, and overcoming the odds. Who are we not to take on that spirit and soldier on for others like him? (Kilanguni’s story)

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Kilanguni being bottle fed at Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

And the most phenomenal miracle of all: Miss Thandi. Poached, her face hacked open, blood loss, yet still trying to stand, telling us she wasn’t done yet. Treated again and again and again for her wounds, now pregnant! Fighting to survive and to carry on, now gifting the world with another life. How dare anyone give up hope now? If Thandi can carry on, have the will, the strength to persevere, we MUST persevere as well. (Thandi’s story)

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Thandi alive and well, 3 months pregnant.

These animals fought for their lives, they are sending us the message they want and need to carry on. We must balance the scales, and help them not just to survive, but to thrive. The dream of seeing a crash of rhino in the wild or a giant heard of elephants marching through the savana-it can come true. It will if we unite and work toward this.

Do not give up.

To donate to Helping Rhinos/Fight for Rhinos, please go to the donations page on the top or click on one of the donations buttons.

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Guess What is Vietnam’s Most Popular Christmas Gift?

Yes, it’s rhino horn. This season’s gift to impress in elite social circles.

Not only is the horn believed to have medicinal properties, but now it is also a symbol of social status.The majority of consumers are wealthy influential people in Vietnamese society.

In a recent anonymous survey conducted, researchers discovered the primary reason for use is in how it makes the people feel; more psychological than anything physical. Peer pressure is cited as a reason for use among successful, well-educated urban males.

Please help. Combat rhino horn gift giving with the gift of anti-poaching funds. Go to the DONATE button and give through Paypal or send a direct donation via bank transfer.

FFR donation picThe rhinos thank you!

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Thandi’s Progress

It has been a little over 19 months since Thandi’s poaching. (See previous post: Thandi’s Story) Her story is not just one of survival, but endurance. This girl has had numerous procedures and skin grafts to heal the hole left in her face from her stolen horn.

thandi and dr fowldsUnfortunately her latest skin graft was unsuccessful. Possibly from rubbing, rolling in the mud, or other normal rhino activity, she had removed most of the transplanted skin.

At this point, the veterinary team is letting nature take its course. It remains to be seen how the wound will fare.

The latest update from her keeper at the Kariega Game Reserve is that she is doing well.

“She looks quite content. Her face is showing some improvement and although the progress is slow it would appear the wound is gradually closing in from the sides. Her doctors will be keeping a close eye on her progress and with their help and advice I’m sure her wound will heal.”

Please see: Thandi’s Story: 2010-2013, courtesy of my friends at Helping Rhinos. Help us stop this from happening to rhinos like Thandi. Stop the Poaching, stop the trade!

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Thandi November 2013

Her doctors will be keeping a close eye on her progress and with their help and advice I am sure her face will heal. Hopefully to the point where it will be able to withstand the rigours of day to day rhino life without resulting in any repeated damage to the wound.” – See more at: http://www.kariega.co.za/blog/thandi-update-november-2013#sthash.30qPzln1.dpuf
Her doctors will be keeping a close eye on her progress and with their help and advice I am sure her face will heal. Hopefully to the point where it will be able to withstand the rigours of day to day rhino life without resulting in any repeated damage to the wound.” – See more at: http://www.kariega.co.za/blog/thandi-update-november-2013#sthash.30qPzln1.dpufThandi’s Story: 2010 to 2013
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