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We sent out a total of £282,713 in grants as follows:
£29,750 to the IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group, to pay for the core work by the Secretariat, thanks to grants of $11,255 from our own core funds; $17,108 from USFWS; $5,153 from our sister organization SRI Inc.; and $3,222 from Oak Philanthropy (UK) Ltd. The AfRSG’s Vision is: Thriving wild African rhinos valued by people and contributing to their well-being; Mission: The AfRSG guides and facilitates the conservation of viable African rhino populations across their natural range. Its Objectives are: To establish and enhance healthy and persistent rhino populations through advising and facilitating the efficient protection and dynamic biological management of African rhinos within their natural range; To foster multiple values of rhinos for all peoples’ well-being through promoting sustainable conservation; To facilitate research, collate information and report on the status of African rhinos to the IUCN and other parties; To support targeted communication to a wide range of stakeholders; To ensure effective leadership through capacity building and mentorship of the next generation of rhino conservationists; To promote sustainable finance and good governance for African rhino conservation; and To manage, monitor, and evaluate the Group via effective, efficient, and transparent governance.
We paid £3,498 for flights for a number of AfRSG members to attend a workshop being held in Kenya in November 2019, to examine the possibilities for rhino range expansion in Laikipia, to meet the country’s need for additional suitable, secure habitat. Our thanks to Bently Foundation, which is funding and participating in the workshop.
We are grateful to CHK Foundation for its grant of £12,000 for Borana Conservancy’s mobile health clinic in Laikipia, Kenya. Providing incentives for neighbouring communities to benefit from wildlife conservation activities is key to gaining goodwill and support.
We awarded £4,735 to the Environmental Investigation Agency, for one of its researchers to attend meetings in China and Hungary to look at rhino and tiger captive breeding facilities and issues arising, and participate in discussions about tackling illegal wildlife trafficking.
Also from core funds, we paid for flights for two Kenyan vets (Drs Matthew Mutinda and Edward Kamau Kariuki) to attend a chemical immobilisation and field practice course in Johannesburg, South Africa, in order to build veterinary capacity within Kenya.
We spent $258 from core funds on local transport for a canine handler team from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia to visit Kruger National Park and the South African Wildlife College’s to see their use of tracking and detecting dogs.
Year two of a grant from the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enabled us to pay for a number of items on behalf of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia’s work in Etosha National Park: $4,012 for predator collars; $3,876 for helicopter maintenance (spare parts and labour costs); and $2,751 for consultant fees for work on SMART data entry and analysis.
Lolesha Luangwa, the black rhino-focused conservation education programme that reaches schools bordering North Luangwa National Park in Zambia, received $4,245 from our own core funds and another $22,450 from USFWS for operating costs July 2019-June 2020.
We sent $82,181 from Wildcat Foundation to the North Luangwa Conservation Programme in Zambia for law enforcement equipment (night-vision / thermal-imaging equipment, radios, handcuffs and batons etc.)
Nsumbu Tanganyika Conservation Project in northern Zambia is another programme run in a partnership between the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) and the Department of National Parks and Wildlife. NTCP hopes to receive rhinos at some point in the future and is busy preparing the Park’s infrastructure and ranger force for an increased emphasis on endangered species. A total of $104,250 from the Wildcat Foundation was awarded for ranger equipment.
Finally, we sent a total of £49,928 to Ol Jogi Conservancy, thanks to several very generous donations by individuals. Ed Calkins and Linda Sonders donated $15,000, which is being spent as follows: $2,870 on a new cheetah enclosure for the orphaned cub that has been hand-reared prior to re-release; $1,512 for seven celebratory Rhino Dinners, when staff name new rhino calves; $6,905 for intelligence gathering and analysis, and $3,713 towards an elephant exclusion zone around the big dam while research is done on competition for browse between species. Another $45,217 from a total grant of $45,517 from Kristen Garlinghouse is paying for a high-tech digital X-ray machine for Ol Jogi’s veterinary laboratory. And we gave £1,097 from our own core funds to pay the flight costs for veterinarians Dave Cooper and Johan Steyl, both from South Africa, to attend a veterinary workshop held in October at Ol Jogi, organised in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institute.
Our thanks, as always, to our wonderful donors who make these grants possible.
We sent out a total of £87,438 in grants as follows:
£2,559 from a grant from the Bently Foundation was used to support the costs of a workshop being held in Laikipia this November, which will look at rhino range expansion to help Kenya deliver its national target of 2,000 black rhinos. The grant will pay for flights for international delegates, as well as workshop accommodation and facilitation costs, and cleaning up data from 11 rhino sites in Kenya in order to assist meta-population planning.
Another programme we support via the Association of Private Land Rhino Sanctuaries in Kenya is the Emergency Fund for black rhino, which pays 50% of veterinarian and boma-care costs for any black rhino needing emergency treatment, whether due to a poaching incident or intra-species fighting. £4,974 helped cover expenditure during the 12-month period April 2018 to March 2019. Our thanks to Rhino’s energy for its grant of €2,000, the Betty Lawes Foundation for its grant of £1,750, and Greater Good for its grant of $1,596; the remainder came from core funds.
Our very grateful thanks to Stichting Wildlife for its grant of €10,000, which went to the Lowveld Rhino Trust in Zimbabwe, for rhino management and monitoring in Bubye Valley Conservancy, as well as preliminary work in Gonarezhou National Park for the planned introduction of rhinos there in 2020.
We sent £3,586 to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia, which has launched a canine unit with funding from USFWS and other donors. $4,000 from USFWS’s Rhino and Tiger Conservation Fund and the rest from our core funds paid for six people from MET’s dog-handler unit to visit the South African Wildlife College and Kruger National Park, to see how colleagues there train and manage their tracker and detection dogs. Some of the Namibians had never left the country before or been on an aeroplane before, and the exposure visit boosted not only knowledge but morale.
We sent a second grant of $1,000 from core funds to support a search for any Northern white rhinos left in an undisclosed location in north Africa.
We awarded £15,178 to Ol Jogi in Kenya, home to populations of white and black rhino. €8,469 euros from Erlebnis Zoo Hannover will be spent on animal weighing scales, a rhino prodder, transmitter drill, sustainable power for the vet clinic and CCTVs for Ol Jogi’s wildlife corridors; $1,000 from The Barker Welfare Foundation will support Ol Jogi’s hand-reared black rhinos; and $8,000 from Axel Vervoordt USA, LLC, will be used to create a library for Ol Jogi’s schools’ programme.
Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia, a programme we’ve supported since our inception 25 years ago, received £23,585 for its informer programme, which has led to significant arrests of would-be rhino poachers, including apprehensions before an incident took place. There has been no rhino poaching in the Kunene Region since August 2017, and tribute to the intelligence network’s success. Our thanks to Michelle Hincks, Ness Buxton and Al Hearn, whose Desert Heart party raised funds for SRT and to other misc. donors for their gifts, to which we added £15,522 from our own core funds.
We sent a lovely £6,970 to the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia, thanks to grants of £5,000 from the Simon Gibson Charitable Trust and £1,901 from West Midland Safari and Leisure Park, as well as other misc. donations.
Finally, we sent £20,581 to uMkhuze Game Reserve in South Africa, for the upgrade of the Forward Operations Centre, thanks to a grant of $25,000 from the Bently Foundation.
Our thanks to all the donors who made these grants possible.
We sent out a total of £167,218 in grants as follows:
A total of £11,250 to Borana Conservancy in Kenya, for ranger training. £2,000 came from the Mackintosh Foundation, $1,000 and £378 from misc. donations, and a further $10,000 from the net profit from the 2018 For Rangers Ultra. Borana, together with neighbouring Lewa Wildlife and Ol Jogi Conservancies, employs 51 Degrees Ltd to deliver an annual programme of basic, refresher and advanced training courses that each have intakes from all three conservancies, to maintain standards, encourage healthy competition between each conservancies’ rangers and build the trust so necessary for combined reactive responses.
We sent £1,073 to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa, thanks to misc. donations via our website, which is being put towards complete sets of camping equipment so that the Park’s rangers can stay out on extended patrol for days at a time. Each set should last three years and costs in the region of $675: one-man tent; 75-litre backpack; bivvie / poncho; sleeping bag and liner; roll-up mattress; 2-litre water bottles; water purification tablets; first aid kit; mess kit; binoculars; rifle-cleaning kit; battery charging pack; cooking stove and butane fuel; and a compass.
We sent £110 from misc. donations to the International Rhino Foundation (IRF) for the Indian Rhino Vision 2020 programme in Assam, India.
A total of £991 from misc. donations went to the IRF for the Javan Rhino Study and Conservation Area in Indonesia, where the priorities are to improve the habitat by removing the Arenga palm, an invasive species that is reducing the rhinos’ food sources, to document the rhinos’ distribution and population performance via the use of camera traps, and to maintain patrols to deter poachers.
We awarded €1,125 euros to the Kenya Wildlife Service for Lake Nakuru National Park, where there are populations of black and white rhinos. Another charity, called Rhino Rescue Trust, which had long supported rhino protection efforts in Lake Nakuru, closed down last year and transferred all its remaining assets, some £20,000, to Save the Rhino; this grant was a small tribute to RRT’s history.
A series of grants went to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia, where four concurrent grants are running. $2,383 from core funds paid the Windhoek Veterinary Clinic for misc. veterinary supplies for the canine unit that was launched in 2018. In the first year of its operation, the canine unit was responsible for 53 arrests and seizures. $7,666 from USFWS paid for helicopter hire for the country’s annual and ongoing dehorning programme, which aims to reduce the rewards available from rhino poaching. Another £6,715 from our own core funds also supported this programme, paying for helicopter hire and fixed-wing fuel, for a rope and sling used to transport anaesthetised rhino short distances, when thick bush prevents loading them into crates and moving them by truck, for routine repairs to the Rhino Recovery Vehicle and to one of the generators used by the vet, and for a winch for one of the rhino trailers, that can tow a crate behind a 4WD vehicle. A project in Etosha National Park funded by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge received a total of £25,794: $4,747 for data modelling of the Park’s rhino populations using SMART; $15,797 for helicopter maintenance, $2,615 towards the construction of kennels for the canine unit in Etosha NP; $7,470 for tags and tracking fees for selected species that act as indicators of poaching or human-related disturbance; and $474 for vehicle repairs. Finally, we sent £61,296 to another MET project involving the use of satellite collars and/or RFID tags to monitor rhino populations in three national parks: $70,967 came from a USFWS grant and the other £4,418 from our own core funds.
Ol Jogi Conservancy in Kenya benefited from two grants this month. The first, of €10,000 from Zoo-Berlin and Tierpark Berlin, paid for: a microscope with camera and screen for the veterinary clinic through which Ol Jogi can do much more than its previous diagnostic capability as well as train remotely etc.; Police Certification of the K9 unit so that arrests made by the National Police Reserves as a result of the dogs are largely considered admissible in Kenya Courts in order to improve conviction rates; and energizer(s) and fencing materials to improve fence-line voltage in order to mitigate consistent fence breakages by elephants that are compromising general security. We also sent £5,458 from funds raised by the For Rangers initiative, to pay for uniforms (shirts, trousers, jumpers, jackets, hats and socks) for Ol Jogi’s 32 armed response rangers.
We sent £5,747 for the Rhino Protection Unit programme in Sumatra, Indonesia, thanks to misc. donations, an anonymous donation and £899 raised by Catherine Aspert, to pay for the Unit’s salaries, uniforms and rations. Our focus is on Way Kambas National Park, where it is believed that there are between c. 20 and 35 Sumatran rhinos surviving.
Way Kambas National Park is home to the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary, which received a total of £21,550 this month: the second $25,000 instalment from our $100,000 commitment to the Sumatran Rhino Rescue Project is helping pay for the expansion of the SRS, and a further £1,504 for the Sanctuary’s annual operating costs.
Finally, we sent a total of £9,087 to uMkhuze Game Reserve in South Africa, thanks to misc. donations of £1,856 and $9,000 from the Scott and Jessica McClintock Foundation, which is being used to help pay for LoRaWAN devices that will be implanted in the horns of rhinos being translocated into the Reserve in September, and issued to all rangers for their personal protection, in that the LoRaWAN devices provide constant data updates that inform the Forward Operations Centre of ranger and vehicle locations.
We sent out a total of £423,507 in grants as follows:
£27,842 to renew the life insurance policy for rangers working at a number of conservancies in Kenya, thanks to the fundraising efforts of Sam Taylor and Pete Newland of the For Rangers initiative (Sam summited Mt Everest last month) and to a grant from the Tristan Voorspuy Charitable Trust. The scheme paid out in the last year for a ranger who broke his leg while on duty and covered his hospital fees and physio rehabilitation.
We sent a total of £12,907 to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa, to help pay for complete sets of camping equipment for the Park’s 120 rangers, thanks to grants of €400 from Zoo Zlin and €2,500 from Parc de Lunaret – Zoo de Montpellier, £6,580 from Colchester Zoo Action for the Wild, and other misc. donations, including £640 raised by Ursula Fricke. The continued poaching pressure in HiP means that rangers need to be deployed on extended multi-night patrols.
The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge enabled a grant of $4,219 to pay for immobilization drugs for rhino management operations in Etosha National Park in Namibia.
We sent all the remaining funds received from the Wildcat Foundation – $439,583 – to the North Luangwa Conservation Programme in Zambia. This grant has paid for ranger salaries, bonuses and incentives, specialist and in-service training, and vehicle running costs.
A final $2,228 from the grant from Working Dogs for Conservation went to pay for the accommodation and conference fee costs associated with the working dogs workshop, held in May 2019 in Nairobi.
Finally, we sent $39,002 from Wilhelma Zoo Stuttgart, our fellow Strategic Partner in the Sumatran Rhino Rescue Project, to Indonesia, to pay for the redevelopment of the Visitor Center in the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Way Kambas National Park. This was the first instalment of a $100,000 commitment, and we are deeply grateful to Wilhelma Zoo for its support.
As always, we are deeply grateful to all our donors who have made these grants possible.
We sent out £14,713 in grants as follows:
£12 in miscellaneous merchandise was donated to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy during our Partnership Manager Michaela Butorova’s visit in May 2019.
We gave £1,400 from core funds to the Lowveld Rhino Trust in Zimbabwe, to pay for the entry of rhino monitoring data from October 2018 to April 2019 inclusive in Lowveld Rhino Trust’s database.
The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s grant for Etosha National Park in Namibia, run by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, enabled us to make a part-payment of $5,733 for Etosha’s canine unit at the Anti-Poaching Unit’s camp in the Park.
£11 in miscellaneous merchandise was donated to Ol Jogi Conservancy during our Partnership Manager Michaela Butorova’s visit in May 2019.
Finally, we spent £8,813 on the Working Dogs Workshop held in May 19 in Nairobi, and an associated visit by some of the workshop participants to Ol Jogi and Lewa Wildlife Conservancies. $9,914 of this came from the grant from Working Dogs for Conservation; the other £1,104 came from our own core funds.
Thank you to all our lovely donors!
We sent out a total of £47,883 in grants as follows:
We sent £4,517 from the Tristan Voorspuy Charitable Trust to the Association of Private Land Rhino Sanctuaries for the ForRangers initiative, to pay for the international freight costs of equipment bought for a number of conservancies in Laikipia.
We also sent £5,000 from the Tristan Voorspuy Charitable Trust to Borana Conservancy in Laikipia, Kenya, to pay for basic training for four recently recruited rangers (they replaced two who retired, and another two who were killed in action). Another £3,250 donated by Fred Clark, who held an exhibition to raise funds for Borana, and a further £1,506 from various donors will pay for uniforms for the general security team (including boots, socks, shirt, trousers, jacket, belt and beret); Borana has recently employed 13 female rangers who work on fence patrols and at the security gates, so this will help equip them.
We have several donors who continue to fundraise for the three canine units based in Laikipia, and were able to send €1,333 and £388 to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, thanks to Rotterdam Zoo, Fundacion Bioparc Valencia, West Midland Safari Park and other donors.
The Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia received a total of £6,169 for work in Etosha National Park, which is home to substantial populations of black and white rhinos. The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge awarded $818 for Bernd Brell’s costs incurred in attending the Working Dogs Workshop in May 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya; another $2,112 for people to attend a workshop in Etosha NP itself; and $4,192 for work on SMART (Spatial Monitoring And Reporting Tool) across Namibian national parks and conservancies. We also awarded $853 from our own core funds for the SMART work.
As for Lewa, we sent funds to Ol Jogi Conservancy in Kenya for its canine unit: €1,333 and £388 to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, thanks to Rotterdam Zoo, Fundacion Bioparc Valencia, West Midland Safari Park and other donors. We also sent €2,430 from Foundation Lutreola / Tallinn Zoo to purchase infra-red CCTV for Ol Jogi’s wildlife corridors: gaps in the fence that allow animals (apart from rhinos) to move from one section of the Conservancy to another.
We also awarded funds to Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya for its canine unit; more than for Lewa and Ol Jogi as we’d got funds held over from the previous year. Once again, our thanks to Rotterdam Zoo, Fundacion Bioparc Valencia, West Midland Safari Park and other donors for enabling us to send €2,684 and £803.
Save the Rhino’s Partnerships Manager, Michaela Butorova, was heavily involved in organising a Working Dogs Workshop to follow up the previous one in April 2018 in Johannesburg. This meeting was in Nairobi in May 2019, part-funded by a $30,000 grant from Working Dogs for Conservation, which we used to pay for flights for participants on bursaries and for conference fees. In April we spent £4,288 from WD4C, and also allocated £431 from our core funds to enable international expert Steve White, from the American Society of Canine Trainers, to visit Lewa Wildlife Conservancy before the workshop, to see Lewa’s canine unit in action.
As in previous years, we awarded £1,000 from our core funds to the Rhino Resource Center, which is an invaluable online reference source for rhino conservationists, field practitioners and students alike. http://www.rhinoresourcecenter.com/
Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia is enjoying a sustained period with zero rhino poaching (none killed since August 2017, at the time of writing), due to a range of factors, including engagement with local communities, but also to the intelligence network set up by SRT’s Wildlife Crime Coordinator. We sent £3,643 thanks to a number of donors, including Anna-Maria de Roij van Zuijdewijn and €1,000 euros from Zoo Krefeld for informer payments.
Lastly, we sent €10,254 to uMkhuze Game Reserve in South Africa, thanks to a very generous donation from Ales Weiner. This will pay for two LoRaWAN towers and 29 personal / vehicle protection devices, which will use the LoRaWAN network to manage the deployment of the reserve’s assets.
As always, our thanks to all the donors who made these grants possible.
We sent out a total of £156,008 in grants as follows:
The Victoria Sujata Charitable Fund awarded a grant of $4,050 to pay for 6 complete sets of camping equipment for field rangers in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa, when on extended patrols.
Thanks to donations of €2,000 from Rotterdam Zoo and €1,400 from Parc Animalier de Branfere, we were able to support training courses to build capacity in Assam, India, as part of the Indian Rhino Vision 2020 project.
We sent $10,000 raised by participants in the 2018 For Rangers Ultra to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya. $4,800 of this paid for equipment for the armed security team (40 x bedrolls, sleeping bags and mosquito nets) and another $5,200 paid for solar power at outposts used by the general security team.
We paid £149 from core funds for website hosting and site renewal costs for the Lowveld Rhino Trust in Zimbabwe.
We gave a total of £100,913 to Namibia’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism, for three concurrent projects. £58,587 went to pay multiple suppliers’ invoices for costs relating to the ongoing dehorning programme, thanks to a grant from USFWS. The Namibian government has adopted a policy of dehorning as many rhinos as possible in order to deter poachers; this exercise must be repeated every 2-3 years as the horn grows back. Another £42,062 went to a project located in Etosha National Park, where a grant from The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex is paying for further equipment, waterhole rehabilitation, and predictive modelling of rhino density and poaching hotspots. Finally, £263 paid for flights for the manufacturer of satellite tags used in ankle bracelets to visit Namibia to assist with their removal, after a period of intensive tracking / monitoring the rhino thus fitted.
We used £1,048 from miscellaneous restricted donations to pay for flights for Richard Hennery from the UK to North Luangwa in Zambia, for his annual detailed review of Lolesha Luangwa, the black-rhino-focused environmental education programme. The project has just recruited Henry Sikapite as Communities Education Officer, who now line manages Michael Eliko and provides direction to the expanding community engagement work. Richard, meanwhile, based his MSc on Lolesha Luangwa, and continues to mentor and guide the programme, with academic rigour in his monitoring and evaluation of its effectiveness.
We sent a total of $22,700 to Ol Jogi Conservancy in Kenya. $1,000 of this was from Frances Barkley Hickox, and will help pay for a freezer inverter and battery for a rhino endocrinology study that Ol Jogi is to undertake. $10,000 from Matthew and Jessica Upchurch is being put towards the maintenance and replacement of water pipes that serve rhinos, other wildlife and rangers. $1,700 from the Victoria Sujata Charitable Trust is going towards the construction of a new ranger house, shower, kitchen and toilet block. And $10,000 raised by participants in the 2018 For Rangers Ultra paid for 62 pairs of boots, 5 uniforms, 10 Garmin GPSs, cases & carabiners, 6 digital cameras and one1 infra-red CCTV system on the wildlife corridors within Ol Jogi.
A total of £8,524 from the grant of $30,000 raised by Working Dogs for Conservation was used to pay for flights and hotel / conference fees for bursary participants the second working dogs workshop that we are organising, this time in Nairobi in May 2019. The previous workshop, held in April 2018 in Johannesburg, was so well-received that we decided to repeat it, with variations, for a largely different set of participants.
We sent £10,325 to the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia, to help cover its ongoing operating costs. Our thanks to Rhino’s energy (€2,018), Wilhelma Zoo Stuttgart (€5,000) and Foundation Lutreola / Tallinn Zoo (€5,000) for their fantastic support that made this grant possible.
Finally, we sent £5,935 to Welgevonden Game Reserve in South Africa, representing 50% of the funds raised by Bradley Schroder, who has run multiple marathons and ultra marathons in rhino costume during the past year. Welgevonden is home to white and black rhinos, and we are very pleased to be able to support the site in this way.
As ever, our heartfelt thanks to all our donors and supporters, who made it possible to give out more than £1.8 million during our financial year 2018-19.
We sent out a total of £66,971 in grants as follows:
£1,028 from the USFWS grant to the African Rhino Specialist Group for its 2019 meeting in Namibia, to pay for a further international flight, local transfers and transit hotel costs in Windhoek.
$3,230 from the $7,982 grant received from Save the Elephants for the production costs of Pachyderm, the journal of the African and Asian Rhino and African Elephant Specialist Groups.
We sent out £37,064 to the Association of Private Land Rhino Sanctuaries, thanks to a grant from the Tristan Voorspuy Charitable Trust in honour of the For Rangers Initiative. £15,016.80 paid for equipment for rangers at Suyian, Sosian, Ol Maisor, Ol Donyo Lemboro and Kinamba Village community scouts: Camelbaks, bergens, webbings, socks, GPS, medical packs, torches, hats, gloves, head torches etc. And £22,047.02 paid for equipment for rangers: Tshirts, camouflage Tshirts, camouflage jackets, green shirts, trousers, jackets and bush hats, trouser belts, boots and navy jumpers.
In response to the forest fires on Mt Kenya, we sent $5,000 from funds raised by the For Rangers initiative to the Bill Woodley Mt Kenya Company, for ranger equipment to help tackle the fires.
Thanks to a legacy from the Valerie G. Merrin 2006 Trust, we were able to send a total of $26,161.49 to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, to upgrade rhino capture equipment, translocation operations and water provision for rhino in Etosha and Mangetti National Parks, Nyae Nyae Conservancy and Waterberg Plateau Park.
Finally, we sent a further £2,360 from Peter Lawrence’s very generous donation to the North Luangwa Conservation Programme, to pay for the final costs of the rhino translocation from Zimbabwe to Zambia: veterinarian Chris Foggin’s time and the drugs used in the immobilisation.
We sent out a total of £175,982.29 in grants as follows:
£45,333, thanks to grants from WWF-South Africa, USFWS, the International Rhino Foundation, Oak Philanthropy (UK) Ltd and our sister organisation Save the Rhino International Inc., to the IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group, to pay for flights to Namibia for the 2019 meeting, and for accommodation, board and conference fees at the meeting venue, Gross Barmen. These meetings take place every 2-3 years and provide a vital forum for the exchange of information and ideas, and to develop strategies to aid rhino conservation efforts. 71 people from 18 different countries attended the 6-day meeting.
With funds raised by the For Rangers initiative, we were able to send a total of £7,284 to the Association of Private Land Rhino Sanctuaries in Kenya. $7,315 of this went on purchasing and shipping gym equipment for the ‘container’ gyms previously purchased for Lewa Wildlife, Borana and Ol Jogi Conservancies; while the remaining £1,596 bought 42 sets of green webbings for conservancies including Sosian and Loisaba.
$14,000 from the Anna Merz Rhino Trust went to Big Life Foundation in Kenya, to pay for a generator to pump extra water to waterholes used by rhino and other wildlife species in the Chyulu Hills National Park, a range of volcanic hills lying to the north of Tsavo West National Park.
Another grant from the Anna Merz Rhino Trust, of $27,078, went to Borana Conservancy in Kenya to buy new digital radio handsets.
$13,500 from the Anna Merz Rhino Trust was sent to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa to pay for 20 complete sets of camping kit for law enforcement staff members’ extended patrols. Further grants of €1,500 euros from Zoo de la Boissière du Doré , €4,000 from Zoo Zlin and €1,000 from Friends of Berlin Zoo bought further sets of equipment (we want to try to replace 120 sets altogether this year and next).
Yet another grant from the Anna Merz Rhino Trust, this time of $8,285, went to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy to fund the installation of solar power units at four field ranger camps.
€5,328.93 from long-term supporter Dublin Zoo went to the Lowveld Rhino Trust in Zimbabwe to help cover the cost of rhino monitoring work in Bubye Valley Conservancy. Bubye has important populations of black and white rhino.
$16,000 from a grant from USFWS paid for the next round of training of the Ministry of Environment’s canine unit (dogs and handlers) in Namibia. Invictus K9 provides the dogs, training and follow-up support service.
A grant of $19,900 from the Anna Merz Rhino Trust went to the North Luangwa Conservation Programme in Zambia, to pay for the construction of two pickets and boreholes in North Luangwa National Park, to further support the protection of the growing rhino population there. We also used £1,678 from the Wildcat Foundation’s grant to pay for two rangers to fly to London in April, to take part in the 2019 Virgin London Marathon, as part of NLCP’s incentives and rewards initiative. Being selected to travel to London, to take part in the world-famous race, is a tremendous morale-boost for North Luangwa’s rangers. It also encourages them to work hard at their physical fitness!
The final grant from the Anna Merz Rhino Trust for 2019, of $19,511, went to Ol Jogi Conservancy in Kenya to pay for refresher training for its rangers, to be delivered by 51 Degrees Ltd.
Lastly, we were delighted to be able to make the first of four grants of $25,000 to the International Rhino Foundation for the Sumatran Rhino Rescue Project in Indonesia. The full $100,000 is coming from our core funds, thanks to the generosity of our donors, who left decisions as to the use of their donations for our Trustees to determine. We are truly grateful to all our supporters for enabling us to contribute to this exciting initiative as one of the Project’s Strategic Partners.
We sent out a total of £55,111.88 in grants as follows:
£7,805, thanks to grants from USFWS, the International Rhino Foundation and Oak Philanthropy (UK) Ltd, to the IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group, to pay for flights to Namibia for the 2019 meeting. These meetings take place every 2-3 years and provide a vital forum for the exchange of information and ideas, and to develop strategies to aid rhino conservation efforts.
Another $1,067 from a USFWS grant went to help cover subsistence and travel costs for the Chair of the African Rhino Specialist Group, Dr Mike Knight, relating to other meetings in his capacity as Chair of the Group.
We spent $7,198 from core funds on migrating data to a new software package for intelligence gathering and analysis in Kenya, to help tackle rhino and elephant poaching.
Thanks to a grant from Peter Lawrence, we were able to cover the costs of translocating two male black rhinos from Zimbabwe to North Luangwa National Park in Zambia. The Zimbabwean animals originate from the Zambezi Valley population of Diceros bicornis minor, which have much greater genetic diversity that those from the KwaZulu-Natal population. £11,577 paid for the specialised handling of the two rhino including all transport and border fees, and Kerax truck-crane hire assistance with loading, transport & offloading of the animals from Livingstone to NLNP.
We sent €3,000 received from Hannover Zoo in Germany to Ol Jogi Conservancy in Kenya, where it is being used to build new ranger housing. Ol Jogi’s workshop manager is experimenting with different materials and methods of construction to establish the most cost- and time-effective approach.
Thanks to funds raised by participants in the 2018 For Rangers Ultra, we were able to send £10,000 to Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. This grant paid for 60 pairs of tactical boots and jerseys, 10 pairs of gum boots, 8 raincoats, 5 pairs of safari boots, 1 order of kitchen utensils, 2 pairs of night-vision goggles and 20 high-beam torches for Ol Pejeta’s armed ranger teams.
We sent £1,375 to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary / Rhino Fund Uganda, thanks to enthusiastic bidding by Wills Hughes-Wilson on a volunteering experience at our annual dinner’s auction.
Finally, we sent a total of $19,100 to Wildlife Crime Prevention, thanks to grants of $15,000 from our sister organisation, Save the Rhino International Inc., and $4,100 from regular partner the International Rhino Foundation. This grant will pay for a special investigation into rhino horn trafficking.
We sent out a total of £252,156.40 in grants as follows:
£4,541, thanks to a grant from USFWS, to the IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group, to pay for flights to Namibia for the 2019 Group meeting. These meetings take place every 2-3 years and provide a vital forum for the exchange of information and ideas, and to develop strategies to aid rhino conservation efforts.
£7,743.42 went to Pachyderm, the Journal of the African and Asian Rhino Specialist Groups and the African Elephant Specialist Group, thanks to grants received from Oak Philanthropy (UK) Limited (the last $6,171.99 from its $25,000 grant), £2,158.27 from the John Aspinall Foundation, and $1,018 from our own core funds.
£13,275.32 to the IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group, to pay for the Scientific Officer’s consultancy fees, and travel and subsistence, thanks to grants from USFWS ($1,269) and Oak Philanthropy (UK) Ltd ($15,778). The Specialist Group works with all African countries in which rhinos are found, providing the most comprehensive scientific evidence and information possible to CITES in advance of the Convention’s Conference of the Parties every three years. As well as sharing information on best practice for maximum growth of rhino populations and other developments in rhino conservation, the Group also shares knowledge about the illegal trade in rhino horn and trafficking routes.
£72,408.55 to 51 Degrees Ltd in Kenya, for intelligence work to tackle elephant and rhino poaching, thanks to grants of $90,127 from USFWS RTCF and $3,217 from our own core funds.
We sent £11,501 from funds raised by the ForRangers initiative for freight and customs clearance of gym equipment for rangers working at Lewa Wildlife, Borana and Ol Jogi Conservancies.
With £5,000 raised from the ForRangers Ultra 2018, Loisaba Conservancy in Kenya is constructing a kitchen and mess area for its National Police Reservists and Rapid Response team. A shipping container will act as a store, and attached to it will be the kitchen unit and a mess area with a roof, stone floor and half-height walls, with tables and benches for the rangers to take their meals, as well as a soft seating area where they can relax and watch TV during down-time.
£7,500 to Lolldaiga Conservancy in Kenya, to pay for equipment for its rangers, including binoculars, webbing belts, strong lightweight boots, sleeping bags and small tents for overnight guard duties at the cattle bomas, rucksacks, hand-held radios and GPS units.
£7,500 to Ole Naishu Conservancy in Kenya, to pay for 10 pairs of binoculars, 100 medical trauma kits, 40 pairs of tactical boots and 120 pairs of socks, 20 Camelbaks, 20 camouflage ponchos and 15 sets of webbing.
£7,246 for Sosian Conservancy in Kenya, to buy optics and sighting systems for Sosian’s anti-poaching units, who must be able to protect themselves against armed poachers or livestock rustlers.
£59.95 from misc. restricted donations paid for five x-monoculars for use on the Lolesha Luangwa conservation education truck, used to bring school groups into North Luangwa National Park to improve the children’s wildlife sightings.
$27,090 from the Wildcat Foundation paid for the next round of ranger training in North Luangwa National Park in Zambia. This ongoing training programme, delivered by ESPA, teaches new skills as well as refreshing those learned on previous courses. Another £798.07 from misc. restricted donations paid for new cameras, cases and SD cards to be used by the rhino monitoring teams in North Luangwa.
A wonderful grant of £16,000 from Yorkshire Wildlife Park in the UK is going to support Ol Jogi Conservancy’s rhino conservation efforts in Kenya. The money is being used to pay for 7 x UniFi Video Camera G3s, 3 x UniFi Video Camera G3-PROs, as well as transmitter and receivers, infrared extenders, wiring and surge protectors and power, as well as 4 x Scout II-320 Thermal Imagers and 1 x Scout II-640 Thermal Imager to help increase the security team’s ability to respond to security threats or incidents and support them in protecting black and white rhinos.
Finally, we sent $100,000 to Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia, thanks to a legacy from the Valerie G. Merrin 2006 Trust, for operating expenses in the financial year 2018-19: tracker rations and salaries, and vehicle running costs.
As ever, our thanks to all the donors who made these grants possible.
We sent out £72,651-worth of grants as follows:
£5,072 to the Big Life Foundation in Kenya, thanks to a grant of £5,000 from the Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust and small donations via our website for ranger wages and incentives.
Thanks to grants totalling €10,000 from Berlin Zoo and Tierpark Berlin, we were able to support Education for Nature Vietnam’s project entitled “Promote public participation in efforts to reduce rhino horn consumption in Vietnam”.
We sent a total of £1,000 (£713 from restricted donations and £287 from our core funds) to the Lowveld Rhino Trust in Zimbabwe for the entry of rhino monitoring data into LRT’s database.
We sent a series of grants totalling £9,200 to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia, for work in Etosha National Park, thanks to a grant from the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex: $1,590 for cables, chainsaws, trimming discs, saw blades etc.; $6,877 for drugs to be used during rhino operations; $549 to for ropes for restraining, loading and slinging of immobilized animals, to replace worn-out ropes, needed for translocation operations in November 2018; $1,513 for medical oxygen needed during immobilizations to keep the animals’ blood oxygen levels high (these cylinders are lightweight to enable them to be carried in the helicopter during capture operations; and $1,363 for security-style cameras that are fitted in the rhino crates during transport to check all the time on the wellbeing of the animals.
Rafiki wa Faru, the black-rhino-focused environmental education programme based at the Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary in Tanzania that we have supported since it began in 2008, received a total of £16,925 for running costs for the period July 2018 to June 2019, thanks to grants of $20,425 from USFWS and £2,664 from our own core funds.
We also support Lolesha Luangwa, another black-rhino-focused conservation education programme run by the North Luangwa Conservation Programme. We awarded £22,879 for its running costs for the period July 2018 to June 2019, thanks to grants of $22,750 from USFWS, $2,275 from our own core funds and £3,650 from funds raised by last year’s appeal.
We spent £3,737 on our report, Sounding the Horn: A survey of rhino horn antiques sold in 2017 at auction in the UK, co-authored by SRI volunteer Sue Brace and CEO Cathy Dean. The report documents all lots described as definitely, probably or possibly made of rhino horn, and identifies significant loopholes in the system that may facilitate the laundering of modern rhino horn.
Finally, we sent £5,005 to Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia, thanks to donations of £2,660 received in misc. donations for SRT and another £2,345 from our own core funds, to be used to pay informers for intelligence leading to the interception of poachers.
As always, our thanks to all the donors who made these grants possible.