Rhinos are facing an escalating poaching crisis at the moment and unless something dramatic is done to protect them they will go extinct in the wild. There is no one silver single bullet to protect rhinos, what is needed is a wide range of activities. Below are the activities that Save the Rhino helps to fund across all the field programmes.
In order to stop rhinos being poached it is essential to have well trained, well equipped, motivated and effectively deployed field rangers. These are the people on the ground who go out daily to protect rhinos, sometimes facing very dangerous situations.
Monitoring rhinos is essential for keeping track of each animal and their movement patterns, habitat utilisation, population demographics. It is also a way for rangers to identify if a rhino has been poached.
If we want to protect rhinos in the future we need today’s children to grow up to be wildlife stewards and so it is important to teach children the benefits of wildlife and how to protect them.
The demand for rhino horn has been identified as one of the main driving forces for the escalating poaching of rhinos. It is essential to reduce poaching and protect rhinos for the long time that work is done to reduce the demand for rhino horn in consume
For wildlife to survive it is essential that local communities benefit and support living alongside wildlife. Community conservation is important to ensure that local people benefit from having rhinos in their area and want to protect them.
To grow populations of rhinos it is important to manage them. When an area has too high a density of rhinos i.e. it has reached carrying capacity, breeding will start to decrease and so it is important to move rhinos to new areas to increase breeding.
This includes building skills and experiences for programme staff and can sometimes be done by exchanging skills between programmes.