A huge thank you to all of our supporters and donors for making all of these grants possible. Please find below a list of grants from the last 12 months; further details can be found in our Audited Accounts and Annual Review.
In July we sent a pleasing £98,278 out in grants as follows:
£9,244 to Ol Jogi in Laikipia County, Kenya, one of the members of the Association of Private Land Rhino Sanctuaries. This helped pay for emergency training for Ol Jogi’s new intake of rangers. We are very grateful to the following donors who responded to our urgent requests for help: Save the Rhino International Inc. ($6,000), Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund’s Rapid Response Fund ($5,000), Chester Zoo (£2,000) and Braeburn School (£358).
£6,685 to Big Game Parks in Swaziland, raised by the readers of Sporting Rifle magazine, which organized a fundraising auction in aid of rhino conservation efforts in Big Game Parks and in uMkhuze Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal.
£4,805 for Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia, thanks to Blair Drummond Safari Park, which donated £2,000, and supporters of our 2013 appeal in aid of SRT. This will pay for new uniforms for SRT’s trackers and for compensation for one of SRT’s members of staff, who was injured while on duty.
We added an additional £40 to a grant previously sent to uMkhuze Game Reserve to cover exchange rate differences.
Finally, we sent £77,499 to TRAFFIC-Vietnam, for a major new project to tackle the demand for rhino horn in Vietnam, funded by the UK’s Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund.
In June we sent out a total of £56,434:
£19,760 of this went to the Big Life Foundation in Kenya, which works to monitor and protect the black rhinos of the Chyulu Hills as well as other wildlife. £16,000 of this came from Chester Zoo’s Act for Wildlife for ongoing costs - ranger wages & incentives, rations & creation of a new base camp at Tindima. The other $6,000 represented the rest of a grant from the USFWS Rhino and Tiger Conservation Fund, the bulk of which was sent out in May.
$17,192 went to Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary in Tanzania. This was a grant from USFWS RTCF funding the ongoing operating costs of Rafiki wa Faru, the environmental education programme that targets 14 secondary schools in villages surrounding Mkomazi National Park.
We transferred £26,491 to the North Luangwa Conservation Programme in Zambia, for its Lolesha Luangwa environmental education programme, which targets 22 schools in the Game Management Areas surrounding North Luangwa National Park. This included $19,515 from USFWS for ongoing running costs of the programme, £1,600 from our own core funds and £180 in misc. donations received via our website. It also included two grants that will pay for the build and fit-out of a brand new education centre, to be constructed at the airstrip in the Park and used by schoolchildren taking part in Park visits, as well as by tourists staying at camps and lodges in North Luangwa. We are extremely grateful to the Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund for its grant of $12,000 and the de Brye Charitable Trust for its grant of £5,000, that have enabled the creation of this centre.
Finally, we sent £66 to the Environmental Investigation Agency, representing a final instalment of the grant due after this year’s Douglas Adams Memorial Lecture.
As always, our very grateful thanks to all the donors who support our work and make these grants possible.
In May we sent out a grand total of £189,472, which broke down as follows:
£66,986 to the Big Life Foundation, which protects wildlife including black rhinos in the Chyulu Hills area of Kenya, as well as across towards Amboseli National Park and over the border in Tanzania. This grant was from the USFWS Rhino and Tiger Conservation Fund, which has supported rhino monitoring and protection in the Chyulus since around 2005.
We awarded a total of £17,720 to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa, made up of a series of restricted grants or donations received: 2,000 euros from Parc Zoologique de Montpellier, 1,250 euros from Golf Ile de Fleurie, $24,985 from USFWS RTCF and other small miscellaneous donations received. These funds will all help cover items on a “shopping list” of equipment needed for the Park, as well as for maintaining aerial surveillance operations using the Bathawk microlight plane.
£34,486 went to Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary in Tanzania, comprising the following: $49,900 from USFWS RTCF, towards Sanctuary staff salaries and fence maintenance, together with £3,200 from our own core funds and £56 from misc. donations for salaries / fence, and £1,600 from our core funds for the ongoing operating costs of Rafiki wa Faru, the fabulous environmental education programme that has been running since 2008.
We spent £1,617 on tracking devices for the North Luangwa Conservation Programme in Zambia, thanks to generous, repeated donations by Peter Lawrence, as well as other donors via our website.
We used the last £1,515 remaining from a USFWS RTCF grant for the new technology workshop held in Kruger National Park in March/April 2014, plus £114 from our own core funds, to send two members of Kruger’s special operations team, to visit colleagues in Kenya, to exchange experiences of working with dogs, training courses and anti-poaching operations generally. We are extremely grateful to Batian Craig and Pete Newland of 51 Degrees for hosting the South Africans.
Finally, we sent $112,895, again from the lovely USFWS RTCF, to Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia. SRT has undergone some organisational changes in the last 6 months, and this grant is helping to pay for staff training as key individuals take on new roles and responsibilities, as well as SRT’s vital ongoing rhino monitoring work in the Kunene Region. With the rise in the number of poaching incidents in the Kunene Region, SRT now has a security role to play as well.
We sent out £27,933 in grants to field programmes and projects in April as follows:
£11,707 to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa for rhino monitoring and protection, made up of two gifts as follows: £5,374 from Colchester Zoo Action for the Wild for a whole range of kit: 1- and 2-litre water bottles, water purification, pepper sprays and pouches, bullet-proof vests, rifle-cleaning kits, raincoats, base-set radios, lightweight sleeping bags, rifle ammunition pouches, camping gas cooking sets, First-aid kits, tents, belt webbing sets and folding camping buckets; and 111,473 rand from Davmark in South Africa, thanks to sales of its calendars. This income will be put towards a shopping list of kit needed during 2014-15.
£900 from our core funds for the ongoing costs of the Rhino Resource Center website, a fantastic online reference site that is used by field programme managers, veterinarians, researchers and students alike.
£75 from USFWS RTCF paid for a flight change for one of the participants attending the new technology workshop in Kruger National Park at the end of March / early April.
We sent a total of £6,528 to the IRF for the Rhino Protection Unit programme in Indonesia, made up of grants of 5,000 euros from Wilhelma Zoo Stuttgart and $4,000 from our sister not-for-profit, Save the Rhino International Inc.
We donated £52 worth of merchandise (caps, badges, Tshirts etc) to the trackers working for Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia.
And finally, we sent £6,585 raised by bidders in an auction organised by Sporting Rifle magazine to uMkhuze Game Reserve in South Africa. The money will be used to complete the installation of hot water geysers at outposts in the Reserve – a great morale booster for the rangers.
Thanks to our super-generous donors and supporters we were able to send out a bumper crop of grants in March, totaling £99,790
We sent £8,705 to the Association of Private Land Rhino Sanctuaries in Kenya, for its black rhino emergency fund, which pays out half of the costs arising from treatment required for injuries sustained in poaching attempts or in-fighting. The other half is paid by the sanctuary concerned. This award was made possible thanks to grants of £5,000 from Chester Zoo; £2,500 from the Swire Charitable Trust; £1,000 from the Lotus Foundation and the remainder from supporter Matt Todd.
Big Life Foundation in Kenya received £10,432 for its rhino programme (monitoring and protection) in the Chyulu Hills. This was made up of a series of grants: £4,036 in miscellaneous donations via our website, the remaining £1,498 from Treasure Charitable Trust’s earlier grant; 2,000 euros from Rhino’s energy drinks; and £3,235 from our own core funds. The Big Life Foundation has recently reorganised its patrol teams across the Chyulu-Amboseli ecosystem, and covers a wide range of initiatives, including wildlife-predator and human-elephant conflict; however our support focuses exclusively on the rhino work.
We sent £16,280 to Education for Nature Vietnam, an NGO that is now very active in Vietnam on addressing the demand for illegal rhino horn. Our grant included 2,500 euros from Association Ecofaune Virement in France and £191 received in miscellaneous donations via our website; the remainder was from our core funds. The grant will pay for awareness-raising via a range of media outlets, law enforcement efforts in Vietnam and working on policy with the Vietnamese government.
Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa received a total of £11,853 for ongoing rhino monitoring and protection work. This was thanks to a number of grants received: 2,650 euros from the Foundation Friends of the SafariPark Beekse Bergen; 2,000 euros from Safari de Peaugres; £550 raised by the Association of Veterinary Students; and the remaining £7,437 from a wide range of people who donated or raised funds for us, including Mat Hartley, who held a braai every day for 365 days! Most of the funds will pay for essential items of kit / equipment for the rangers; we hope to cover a further “shopping list” of kit required via our 2014 appeal in aid of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park.
We awarded £18,468 to the Lowveld Rhino Trust in Zimbabwe, which monitors and assists with management interventions for black and white rhino in Save Valley Conservancy and Bubye Valley Conservancy and occasionally in Chipinge Safari Area. £6,146 of this came from the Beit Trust for a digital radio system; and 5,000 euros from Dublin Zoo, £6,000 from Knowsley Safari Park and £2,165 from miscellaneous donations to help pay Malilangwe Community Trust for 10 white rhinos that the Lowveld Rhino Trust has moved to Bubye Valley to initiate a conservancy-community rhino production partnership.
We sent £6,926 from miscellaneous donations and core funds to pay the final instalment of the costs of installing a digital radio system in the rhino sanctuary in Mkomazi National Park in Tanzania; the previous instalment was covered by a generous grant from US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Rhino and Tiger Conservation Fund.
North Luangwa Conservation Programme in Zambia received a total of £6,745. $4,000 of this was from SRI Inc. for an exchange visit for scouts from North Luangwa National Park to visit the Lowveld Rhino Trust in Zimbabwe for further practical training; the remainder was from our core funds to reposition some of the rhino sanctuary’s internal fences.
Finally, we spent £20,381 on the workshop held in Kruger National Park at the end of March on new technology for rhino monitoring and security, attended by a wide range of rhino conservation field programme managers as well as manufacturers of specialised equipment. £18,961 of this came from USFWS RTCF; the remaining £1,420 from our core funds; these paid for international flights, internal transfers and accommodation. Our funding was supplemented by a grant from WWF-SA, which paid accommodation costs direct, and by a generous discount from hosts SANParks.
We awarded £29,064 in grants in February 2014 as follows:
$10,000 to the IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group, for its ongoing core costs for the period January-June 2014. Half of this funding came from USFWS RTCF; the other half from our own core funds. The Chair (Dr Mike Knight) and Vice Chair (Dr Richard Emslie) carry out a great deal of coordination and strategic work on behalf of African rhino range states, NGOs and field programmes.
£5,905 to the International Rhino Foundation for a project entitled “Building Indonesian leadership capacity”. £900 of this came from Blair Drummond Safari Park, the rest from our core funds. This grant will help the research costs of Inov, who has worked for the Indonesian Rhino Foundation (YABI) for many years, and whose particular interest is the Javan rhino and browse selection and availability. The project will, among other things, determine the best way of eradicating the invasive Arenga palm, while building conservation capacity in Indonesia.
We spent £135 on the annual hosting costs for the Lowveld Rhino Trust’s website: www.lowveldrhinotrust.org
We used £10,926 of USFWS RTCF funding to pay for international flights for participants in the workshop on new technology for rhino monitoring and security, held in Kruger National Park in late March / early April.
Finally, we sent £6,049 to the Zambezi Society in Zimbabwe for its ongoing carnivore work.
We sent out just a couple of grants out in January, totalling £1,406, as follows:
1,000 euros, raised by the wonderful rhino’s energy GmbH in Germany for the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia, home to five Sumatran rhinos including 20-month-old calf Andatu. We hope that his mother, Ratu, will begin mating again with Andalas as soon as possible in order to continue this breeding programme.
And thanks to a generous donation from Peter Lawrence, we spent £518 on four cameras, cases and SD cards for the North Luangwa Conservation Programme in Zambia, to be used for daily rhino monitoring activities.
We sent out £58,336 in December 2013, broken down as follows:
£2,066 granted out to Borana Conservancy in Kenya, raised via an auction lot that was bid for at our Heroes dinner in November. In August last year, Borana became home to 21 black rhino, translocated from neighbouring Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and Lake Nakuru National Park. The funds will go to the not-insignificant costs of security and law enforcement in Borana in order to protect these rhinos.
£3,725 to the Dambari Wildlife Trust in Zimbabwe. In 2011, with funding and technical support from USFWS and ourselves, a series of stakeholder workshops in Harare led to the production of a new national rhino strategy. Some two years later, Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority signed it off. We now want to assist ZPMWA, NGOs and other rhino organisations working in Zimbabwe to implement the monitoring and measuring of progress towards the Key Performance Indicators identified in the framework. To that end, we have made a grant of £3,725 from our core funds to Dambari Wildlife Trust, to cover the costs of a 2-day workshop in the second quarter of 2014.
£467 received in miscellaneous donations for the Javan Rhino Study and Conservation Area, to expand the habitat used by Javan rhinos. There is evidence that so far, nine animals have crossed the narrow isthmus from Ujung Kulon National Park and have started using the new habitat offered by Gunung Honje.
£1,034 to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, raised via an auction lot that was bid for at our Heroes dinner in November. Lewa is home to black and white rhino populations and does much environmental education and community outreach work.
We sent £2,569 to Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary in Tanzania, for the ongoing costs of Rafiki wa Faru, the environmental education programme that targets 14 schools surrounding the Park. This was raised by supporter Barry Butler, who climbed Mt Kilimanjaro to raise funds for Save the Rhino.
Thanks to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, we sent $22,500 to the North Luangwa Conservation Programme, for its conservation education programme Lolesha Luangwa. With the purchase of a secondhand truck (funded by USFWS and SRI), visits into the Park for schoolchildren and community leaders will begin in 2014 – ongoing costs of these visits and the programme generally are being covered by DWCF. We are deeply grateful to all of Lolesha Luangwa’s donors.
£1,400 to Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, raised via an auction lot that was bid for at our Heroes dinner in November. Ol Pejeta has populations of black, Southern white and Northern white rhinos, and carries out a wide range of rhino monitoring and anti-poaching activities.
We sent £1,364 to the Rhino Fund Uganda raised by supporter Phil Hobson, who took part in an ironman triathlon from London to Paris last summer. The funds were used to help buy new uniforms for the rangers at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary; Phil and his wife Pam were able to see the impact of their support when they visited Ziwa as paying volunteers over Christmas and New Year.
Chester Zoo awarded £8,000, and we added another £142 from miscellaneous restricted donations, to the Rhino Protection Unit programme in Indonesia. Way Kambas National Park and Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park are two of the three parks in Indonesia to hold viable populations of Sumatran rhinos, and the work of the RPUs is essential to securing their survival.
We sent a wonderful £22,858 to Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia, thanks to the generosity of donors to our Operation Wild and Free appeal. We’d particularly like to mention Zoo Bassin d’Arcachon, rhino’s energy GmbH, Neil Taylor, Dave Hamman, Richard Keyser, and Woburn Safari Park, which raised an amazing £8,342 for SRT, via a range of fundraising activities carried out by Curator Sasha Saunders and his team.
Finally, we sent £935 to the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia, donated by individuals in response to our “I will survive” appeal that ran in 2012.
Our very grateful thanks to all our donors who made these grants possible.
In total, we granted out £15,675
We sent £12,500, awarded by Chester Zoo, to the Big Life Foundation in Kenya, to cover the increased costs of constructing a secure second waterhole inside the Chyulu Hills National Park, fed by the USFWS-funded borehole sunk a couple of years ago. Since the original quote in autumn 2012, costs of labour and raw materials have increased, and VAT has become payable, making the project more expensive than anticipated. We are deeply grateful to Chester Zoo’s Field Conservation and Research Department for stepping in to help.
We awarded £1,300 from miscellaneous restricted donations received for Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, to pay for emergency repairs to Section Ranger Dirk Swart’s motorbike – essential for getting around the Park – and for ear defenders for rangers to use while on weapons training. Maintaining readiness is a key part of the anti-poaching effort, and we were delighted to be able to step in to cover these urgent requests for help.
Finally, we sent £1,875 to Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, to go towards the costs of its dog team (bloodhound tracker dogs and Belgian Malinois attack dogs). These funds were raised through the generous support of sculptor Camilla le May, whose bronze rhino and silver brooches were auctioned at our Heroes Dinner in November.
We are very grateful to all these donors for their support.
We sent out a total of £4,244 this month, from a grant by USFWS to pay for an exchange visit of rhino monitors. Three staff of the Big Life Foundation in Kenya will spend a fortnight with the team from Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia, tracking rhinos in the Kunene Region, where the harsh, arid terrain is very different from the thick acacia scrub of the Chyulu Hills. The group will also visit Waterberg Plateau Park to meet the Anti-Poaching Unit there. This grant will pay for airfares and for living and transport expenses while in Namibia.
In total, we granted out £58,804, which breaks down as follows:
We sent $10,000 for the core costs of the IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group’s Secretariat: half of this came from USFWS and half from our own core funds. The AfRSG plays a crucial strategic, political and advisory role and its service are in great demand due to the rhino poaching crisis.
The Taiwan Forestry Bureau awarded another $5,000 for the ongoing running costs of the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia; the fifth consecutive year that the Bureau has supported Sumatran rhino conservation through Save the Rhino.
We received and sent out a grant of $7,500 from SRI Inc for the ongoing costs of the Rhino Protection Unit programme in Indonesia, which works in Bukit Barisan Selatan and Way Kambas National Parks in Sumatra and Ujung Kulon National Park in Java.
£10,075 went to Borana Conservancy in Kenya, thanks to the fundraising efforts of Nicholas Nangunye, head horse-riding guide at Borana Ranch, who ran the London Marathon for us in April. These funds will be spent on fencing upgrades, which helps resolves human-wildlife conflict while keeping Borana’s rhinos inside the Conservancy, to Borana’s education support programme and to Borana's information networks. This will be of direct benefit to the rhino and also continue to strengthen the community involvement in the process.
We sent £28,653 to Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary in Tanzania, as the first instalment of the payment for a new digital radio system to upgrade security measures in Mkomazi and to provide greater analysis of patrol deployment and effectiveness. $43,975 of this came from USFWS and $1,860 from our own core funds.
Finally, we sent £6,001 to North Luangwa Conservation Programme in Zambia. $7,650 of this paid for the costs of 51 Degrees Ltd, a security firm, to visit North Luangwa to conduct security assessment (£4,782 from core funds and £490 from restricted donations received). The other £719 came from Peter Lawrence and was used to pay for the reprinting of the Activity Booklet for Lolesha Luangwa and for a PA system, solar lights and dictaphone used during the Conservation Celebration Days.
Our thanks to all the donors who made these grants possible.
We sent a grand total of £138,116 out in grants to field programmes in August 2013, which breaks down as follows:
£4,589 to the Association of Private Land Rhino Sanctuaries in Kenya, for its emergency fund for black rhinos. £1,350 of this came from the Nature Picture Library and Bluegreen Pictures, which chose us as its charity for the month in September 2012. The Emergency Fund pays out 50% of the costs incurred for any emergency response required, whether treating a rhino for bullet wounds, recapturing animals that have broken through fences, or dealing with rhinos that have been fighting. We had hoped, based on 2011-12 figures, and on our grant made at the beginning of 2012, that this grant would be enough to cover the period April 2013-March 2014. However, when the claims for 2012-13 had been reconciled, the result of increased poaching levels in Kenya meant that more funds were required than had been anticipated, and our August grant is in fact being used to pay claims from last year. We are therefore now fundraising again for the current 2013-4 period.
We sent £55-worth of stickers, with Sporting Rifle and Save the Rhino logos, to Big Game Parks in Swaziland, to brand the bicycles bought for their rangers to use while on patrol.
We sent $25,383 from a USFWS-RTCF grant to Borana Conservancy in Kenya, which received 21 black rhinos (from Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and Lake Nakuru National Park) in August. These funds paid for the Kenya Wildlife Service’s helicopter and fixed-wing flying time during the translocations, and for telemetry equipment to monitor the rhinos on a daily basis.
We awarded a total of $72,797 to Big Life Foundation in Kenya for the Chyulu Hills rhino programme. £15,000 of this came from Chester Zoo Act for Wildlife, to pay for the construction of a second waterhole / pipeline running from the existing borehole at the Mukururo KWS headquarters. This will create an extra water source, deeper inside the Park. Another $81,663 from USFWS-RTCF was also for the new waterhole, as well as covering scout wages, rations, uniforms, vehicle running costs and radios. Finally, £5,000 from the Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust will help cover staff costs and rations.
We spent £1,446 on designing, printing and shipping the new “Zimbabwe rhino policy and management framework 2011-16” to Zimbabwe, thus completing our part of this project. The challenge now for all stakeholders tasked with monitoring and protecting the country’s white and black rhino populations to deliver their outputs / activities and to measure and report on their Key Performance Indicators.
£1,155 went to Education Nature Vietnam, to pay for costs of a press conference to announce the findings of a visit by a Vietnamese delegation to South Africa, to raise awareness of the rhino poaching crisis within Vietnam.
£36,854 from a £43,000 grant from the Beit Trust was paid out as the first instalment on a new digital radio system in Bubye Valley Conservancy in Zimbabwe. This will allow greater efficiency of patrols and analysis of hotspots and area coverage. We also sent £4,000 from our Operation Stop Poaching Now appeal to the Lowveld Rhino Trust in Zimbabwe for rhino poaching investigations. The funds will help pay for a task force involving Police and the Attorney-General’s Office to review the recent court cases of rhino poachers that did not result in convictions; some of the funds will also be used to boost a training course and get more handbooks printed.
Finally, we sent £750 raised by Andree and Marcell Schoombee via their Going Down Under challenge to the Rhino Fund Uganda. This money will be used to pay for new uniforms for the scouts working in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.
We sent $68,100 from USFWS RTCF to Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia, to help cover the salaries of the Director of Capacity Building and the Director of Field Operations, the tracker teams based in the northern Kunene and at Desert Rhino Camp and the camel-based team, and vehicle running costs. SRT monitors the world’s largest free-ranging black rhino population over a vast area, some 16,000 km sq, and regular sightings of the Kunene’s rhinos are essential to check on condition, dispersal and their safety.
We transferred $21,770, also from USFWS RCTF, to the North Luangwa Conservation Programme in Zambia for its environmental education programme, Lolesha Luangwa. With technical support from the Zoological Society of London, and financial support from USFWS, Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, Frankfurt Zoological Society and ourselves, this programme is developing in really exciting ways, and we’re now getting great monitoring and evaluation results. We’ll be writing about this in the spring 2014 issue of our magazine, The Horn.
A total of £43,420 was paid out to suppliers providing services and equipment to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia, which carries out annual rhino operations to fit RFID tags, satellite bracelets, microchips etc, as well as taking DNA samples for the RhODIS, the Rhino DNA Index System at the Veterinary Genetics Lab in Onderstepoort in South Africa.
We paid design, printing and shipping bills totalling £697 to send 220 copies of the new “Zimbabwe rhino policy and management framework 2011-16”. This document arose out of workshops held in Harare in March 2011. Save the Rhino’s Director’s husband, Kenneth Donaldson, drafted this Framework during his sabbatical in 2011, but it has taken some two years for the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority to sign off the final text. We now look forward to helping Zimbabwe’s rhino stakeholders implement the Framework.
Finally, we sent £4,925 from our core funds to the Laikipia Wildlife Forum in Kenya, to help pay for events to mark World Rhino Day on Sunday 22 September. This day begins an entire conservation week in Laikipia, that will culminate in World Tourism Day the following weekend.
We sent £42,836 out in June, which broke down as follows:
£965 to Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia, to cover the costs of its North West Wildlife Security Workshop meeting in July. This is a group of stakeholders, including Save the Rhino Trust, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, communal conservancies etc who meet regularly to asses security threats and to plan future action.
We sent $25,000 to the North Luangwa Conservation Programme in Zambia, to buy a secondhand overland truck, which will be put into use to take selected schoolgroups and their teachers into North Luangwa National Park, so that they can see wildlife – and perhaps even a black rhino – for themselves. This is a key extension of the Lolesha Luangwa programme that has been running so successfully since the Zoological Society of London began mentoring the programme in July 2012. We are deeply grateful to USFWS RTCF, which provided $20,000; the remainder came from our own core funds.
Amneville Zoo in France continued to support the Big Life Foundation’s rhino protection work in the Chyulu Hills National Park and Mbirikani Group Ranch in Kenya, with another annual grant of 10,000 euros. These funds will help pay ranger salaries and buy field rations.
We sent 20,000 rand to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa, from the total donation of 7,500 euros awarded by Safaripark Beekse Bergen in the Netherlands. This will be used to make small, discreet payments to a network of informers: intelligence is the key to intercepting poachers before they have actually killed a rhino.
We awarded $4,116 to Borana Conservancy in Kenya, to help pay for horn transmitters. Borana and Save the Rhino hope very much that the planned translocation of black rhinos from Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Lake Nakuru National Park and Nairobi National Park goes ahead, as planned, in August. All translocated rhinos will have horn transmitters fitted to aid daily tracking and visual inspections as they settle in to their new home.
We sent £9,740, thanks to a grant from USFWS RTCF, to the Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary in Tanzania for the ongoing running costs of its environmental education programme, Rafiki wa Faru, for the period July 2013-June 2014.
Finally, we sent £3,234 to the Zambezi Society in Zimbabwe, thanks to a grant from WildCRU in Oxford for ZamSoc’s ongoing big cat work.
Our thanks to all donors who made these grants possible.
In total, we gave out a pleasing £57,778 in grants in May, which breaks down as follows:
We sent £11,059 to the Big Life Foundation in Kenya, for its rhino and general wildlife protection work in the Chyulu Hills National Park and adjoining Mbirikani Game Ranch. £10,557 came from our core funds, and will help pay for game scout field rations and salaries, while the other £502 came from a £2,000 grant from the Treasure Charitable Trust, and paid for camera traps, batteries and memory cards, in response to this year’s three rhino poaching incidents.
We transferred a lovely total of £23,420 to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, made possible by several donors as follows: £4,930 from Colchester Zoo’s Action for the Wild for digital & video cameras, GPS, batteries, pepper sprays, handcuffs, Cybertrackers & firearm cleaning material; 3,250 euros from a 7,500 euro grant from SafariPark Beekse Bergen for horseback patrol equipment; $21,534 from USFWS RTCF for HiP for Bathawk fuel & maintenance, insurance and admin costs; and £1,663 from our core funds for a metal detector, rifle mount, Glock tactical light fittings, drill for fence maintenance and toolbox. Our thanks to Colchester Zoo, SafariPark Beekse Bergen and USFWS RTCF for their longstanding support for this programme.
£551 from USFWS RTCF paid for on-the-ground expenses for six members of staff from the Lowveld Rhino Trust to visit the Big Life Foundation in Kenya, as part of a series of exchange visits to boost rhino monitors’ skills and morale.
We sent £13,813 from USFWS to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia, to pay for annual rhino operations in Etosha National Park, the Kunene Region and other rhino areas of Namibia. This covered various items including veterinary fees, drugs, darts and other consumables used during rhino ops.
We used some of the funds raised from our Operation Stop Poaching Now appeal to send £4,000 to WWF-SA for a joint project with the Endangered Wildlife Trust to develop a library of information that will be provided to targeted personnel within law enforcement and prosecution agencies and a capacity building programme to reinforce the use of these materials. These tools can then be used by law enforcement agency personnel when acting as expert witnesses and providing information in aggravation of sentence in court.
We sent $5,000 from the Taiwan Forestry Bureau to the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia, to help cover running costs of the Sanctuary – keeper salaries, veterinary supplies, browse collection and supplementary feed. This is the fifth year running that the TFB has supported Asian rhino conservation efforts through Save the Rhino, and we are really grateful for their support.
Finally, we gave £1,327 to the Environmental Investigation Agency, with which we partner on the annual Douglas Adams Memorial Lectures, held as close as possible to Douglas’s birthday – 11 March – each year at the Royal Geographic Society. Douglas was a Founder Patron of Save the Rhino and a strong supporter of the EIA.
In April we granted out a total of £48,436 as follows:
£38,843 went to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia. £1,375 completed the series of grants made for the rhino technology workshop held in November 2012, when c. 45 field programme managers convened to look at the latest equipment items used for rhino monitoring and security. 4,000 euros from Opel Zoo in Germany + 500 eur