KwaZulu-Natal launches groundbreaking initiative in the fight against Rhino Poaching
World Rhino Day 22 September 2011
As a result of the ever-increasing numbers of black and white rhinos being poached in South Africa, the need to pool resources and co-ordinate activities has resulted in KwaZulu-Natal’s leading conservation agencies joining forces to fast-track urgently needed anti-poaching and conservation interventions.
This association of like-minded organisations, collectively known as Project Rhino, allows for over-arching co-ordination of rhino conservation interventions aimed at eliminating rhino poaching and securing the rhino populations in KZN.
The members of Project Rhino also recognise that the work in conserving and protecting rhinos from poaching is symbolic of the threat faced by all wildlife, which will benefit from actions taken by Project Rhino. Furthermore it is noted that the poaching of rhino is indicative of the larger environmental crisis that South Africa is facing.
Project Rhino brings together organisations with a common vision and goal; identifies synergies through an integrated, common approach, and collectively, is a representative body which carries powerful leverage ability
This provincial initiative has the full endorsement of Dr Ian Player, one of the world’s foremost conservationists, founder of the Wilderness Foundation and co-founder of the Magqubu Ntombela Trust, and widely credited with saving the White Rhino from extinction in the 1960’s.
Project Rhino also sees highly credible and long standing organisations speaking unanimously, as a way to ensure that the public and government are consistently informed of where their support is going and in doing so, unprincipled bodies have no space in entering the arena of rhino and wildlife conservation.
An agreement amongst the following organisations will be signed on the 6th October 2011, in Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park, KZN.
The founding members of Project Rhino include:
Project Rhino encourages the involvement of like-minded organisations that have rhino conservation programmes as part of their core mandate to participate in this critical intervention and collaborate with the abovementioned members in the following areas:
Project Rhino outlines the need to: