Thank you for making our grants possible!

Click on the sections below to see the grants we’ve sent so far this year.

Further down, you’ll see all of the grants we sent between April 2020 and March 2021.

More information on how we spend money can be found in our Audited Accounts on the Charity Commission’s website and Impact reports (latest copy viewable here).

If you’d like to understand more about our funding priorities, take a look at our grant-making policy. Further guidelines on applying for a grant can be found here.

Grants so far, 2021-2022

Association of Private and community Land Rhino Sanctuaries, Kenya

  • $2,170 from INL funds: $1,700 from INL for Project UPTICK: monthly (March) salary for the Intelligence Assistant, and again for his April salary, and $470 for three months of cellphone contract x two personnel. 51 Degrees Ltd supports conservancies throughout Laikipia and other wildlife-rich areas of Kenya by gathering and analysing intelligence and warning conservancies of poaching threats. Another $2,487.50 paid for board and lodging and internal transfers between Nairobi and three sites in Laikipia by 51 Degrees’ Intelligence Trainer, who visits Kenya three times a year
  • $1,700 from INL for Project UPTICK covered the monthly (May) salary for the Intelligence Assistant

Borana Conservancy, Kenya

  • $4,700 from INL funds via Project UPTICK: $3,800 for fixed-wing aerial surveillance and $900 for helicopter patrols to detect and deter any potential threats, whether from poachers or livestock rustlers, during March and April 2021
  • $5,360 from INL funds: $5,000 for intelligence gathering and analysis by 51 Degrees Ltd during March and April 2021, and $360 for Source Handler training course expenses
  • $1,900 from INL funds paid for fixed-wing aerial surveillance during May 2021, and another $2,500 paid for monthly intelligence gathering and analysis by 51 Degrees Ltd

Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya

  • $13,456 from the US government’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs’ grant for Project UPTICK paid for IT support provided by 51 Degrees Ltd for the KWS Operations Room in Tsavo East National Park. The Ops Room is now equipped with hardware and software to support Earthranger™ that allows live situation analysis and facilitates the coordination of reactions

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya

  • $5,000 from INL funds via Project UPTICK paid for intelligence gathering and analysis by 51 Degrees Ltd during March and April 2021
  • $10,864 from INL paid for aerial surveillance during March and April 2021: $2,584 for fixed-wing; and $8,280 for helicopter patrols
  • $8,788 from INL funds: $1,900 for fixed-wing aerial surveillance and $6,888 for helicopter patrols; and another $2,500 for intelligence gathering and analysis by 51 Degrees Ltd during May 2021

Ol Jogi Conservancy, Kenya

  • $505.73 from INL funds reimbursed Ol Jogi for the transport of uniform items (bought in the UK) from Nairobi to Borana
  • $6,040 from INL funds via Project UPTICK: $5,000 for intelligence gathering and analysis by 51 Degrees Ltd during March and April 2021; $1,500 for onsite visit and training by the Intelligence Trainer; and $540 incurred in course expenses for Source Handler training
  • $6,719.50 from INL funds: $1,900 for fixed-wing aerial surveillance and $4,819.50 for helicopter patrols during March 2021
  • Another $6,660 from INL funds: $1,900 for fixed-wing aerial surveillance and $4760 for helicopter patrols during April 2021
  • $6,660 from INL funds: $1,900 for fixed-wing aerial surveillance and $4,760 for helicopter patrols during May 2021
  • $509.74 from INL funds to reimburse Ol Jogi for the transport of rangers’ equipment items shipped from the UK from Nairobi to Borana for onwards distribution
  • $2,500 for intelligence gathering and analysis by 51 Degrees Ltd during May 2021, thanks to the grant from the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, Namibia

  • $1,617.28 from core funds and $25,845.63 from USFWS to pay for helicopter hire for dehorning operations in two of Namibia’s national parks, to reduce the risk of poaching in areas of high rhino density
  • $839.99 from USFWS funds to pay the Off-Road Center in Windhoek for new shock absorbers for the vehicles used in annual dehorning operations
  • $239.64 from USFWS to pay for Covid-19 tests for the SMART consultant travelling from Lusaka to Windhoek

Save the Rhino Trust, Namibia

  • $3,500 from an anonymous donor was sent to help cover the work of SRT’s Wildlife Crime Coordinator, who works closely with colleagues in other agencies to gather and analyse intelligence from informers

Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, South Africa

  • £2,740 received from misc. restricted donations to help cover infrastructure maintenance and repairs in the Park. The managing agency, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, has imposed budget freezes for several years, and Covid-19 has reduced income from park entry fees and tourism lodges, so all of the provincial state parks are in need of basic equipment
  • A total of €6,000, thanks to grants of €1,500 from Zoo de la Boissière du Doré; €4,000 euros from Parc de Lunaret – Zoo de Montpellier; and €500 from Parco Natura Viva (ARCA Foundation) will be used to help cover essential repairs and maintenance
  • And another $5,666 from The Bernard F. and Alva B. Gimbel Foundation will also be used to help cover the purchase of uniform and rations etc., as well as routine repairs and maintenance
  • €15,000 from Kiezebrink will be used procure new thermal-imaging security cameras to monitor the fence perimeter and warn against any illegal incursions. This early detection system will enable rangers to respond quickly and proactively to illegal incursions, increasing their chances of successfully apprehending criminals before they have a chance to poach a rhino. In addition, Kiezebrink’s support will enable a solar energy system to be installed to power each camera, and fencing to be erected to safeguard the new equipment against theft and damage from wildlife in the area

uMkhuze Game Reserve, South Africa

  • A second and final instalment of €25,000 from WILDLANDS Nature and Education Fund was awarded to help cover the costs of constructing a hangar for the light aeroplane to be deployed in uMkhuze to assist with aerial surveillance, Personal Pilot Licence training for two members of staff, a drone kit, electric vehicle for patrolling the fenceline, binoculars and tyres for law enforcement vehicles x 3

Association of Private and community Land Rhino Sanctuaries, Kenya

  • $5,014 from the Bently Foundation’s grant and $696 from core funds was awarded to Conservation Alpha to help the Kenya Wildlife Service clean up historical rhino-sighting data from rhino sites (national parks and private and community conservancies) across Kenya. It is now possible to generate a full historic analysis of Kenya’s entire black rhino population performance, initially on a site-by-site basis, and eventually at national meta-population level. For example, site managers will be able to finally answer biological questions like “Do we lose more calves to predation than we expect”, and “Do we have density dependence in all or only some sanctuaries”, in other words, “What biological management actions do we need to take?”

Ol Jogi Conservancy, Kenya

  • $48,000 from Year 2 of a USFWS grant will buy a new vehicle, plus necessary bush modifications, for Ol Jogi’s rhino monitoring teams; while another $32,973 was awarded for water reticulation to improve the water supply for the Conservancy’s wildlife and rangers: Island Dam at HQ; Msitu ya Simba at Simba Trough; and T12 at HQ

Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, Namibia

  • $10,298.84 from the Valerie G. Merrin 2006 Trust paid for a solar pump and accessories to provide 40,000 litres / day, from a depth of 83m, for a waterhole in Khaudum NP; and another $2,838.19 from the Trust paid for additional hire fees for the 6×6 and flatbed trucks used during rhino translocations carried out to relieve pressure on Ecological Carrying Capacity
  • $743.83 was advanced from the Woodtiger Fund’s 2-year grant to Chief Conservation Scientist and National Rhino Coordinator Piet Beytell for fuel for the Rhino Recovery Vehicle used in rhino translocations taking place in mid-June

Save the Rhino Trust, Namibia

  • A series of grants helped pay for rations for Save the Rhino Trust’s own trackers and for the Rhino Rangers from community conservancies on which the Kunene Region’s population of desert-adapted black rhinos are found: $9,070 from core funds; £2,564.47 from misc. restricted donations received via our website and SRT’s own justgiving.com page; $10,000 from USFWS; and €2,000 from Zoo Krefeld
  • USFWS also awarded $41,200 (from a total USFWS grant of $90,700) to pay salaries of SRT’s trackers based at Mai Go Ha! and of the Principal Field Officer #2 (Martin); and $39,500 to help pay for vehicle running costs
  • £9,000 from long-standing supporter Ales Weiner was sent to Save the Rhino Trust: a third will be used to buy new vehicle tyres (the huge distances and rough terrain in the Kunene Region’s 25,000km2 take a heavy toll on SRT’s vehicles); one third on rations for SRT’s own trackers and for the Rhino Rangers from the communal conservancies with which SRT works closely; and the final third on camping equipment for SRT’s trackers, e.g. tents

Canine unit project, Africa

  • $134.88 from INL funds for enhanced DropBox storage for the K9 group. When the canine unit workshop planned for May 2020 in Lusaka had to be cancelled, we introduced webinars / training sessions every 6-8 weeks to maintain learning and the sharing of skills and experience between dog handlers across sub-Saharan Africa. Resources are shared via DropBox

51 Degrees Ltd, Kenya

  • $1,350 from INL for Project UPTICK paid for 3 x training instructor days to write up training course reports / assessments on rangers from Ol Jogi and Borana

Association of Private and community Land Rhino Sanctuaries, Kenya

  • $3,460.79 from INL funds for Project UPTICK paid for shipping costs of 564 x Camelbaks and 24 x medical kit items from the UK to Kenya, £136.06 from INL funds paid for the delivery to Save the Rhino’s London office of trauma bandages for the patrol medic kits; all items were being consolidated there before being shipped to Kenya. Finally, $1,167.66 (from INL funds to paid for the shipping of a total of 738 items of patrol medic kit from the UK to Kenya, destined for the trained Patrol Medics employed by Ol Jogi, Borana and Lewa Wildlife Conservancies
  • Another $1,350 from INL paid for 3 x training instructor days to write up training course reports / assessments of rangers from Ol Jogi, Borana and Lewa Wildlife Conservancies
  • $29,752.48 from INL paid the 25% balance on the uniform order placed just before Christmas. All items were delivered to Ol Jogi, Borana and Lewa Wildlife Conservancies in April for distribution (at six-monthly intervals) to their National Police Reservists and general security rangers

Borana Conservancy, Kenya

  • $34,233.92 from INL funds via Project UPTICK paid for ranger training as follows: $10,913.28 for Basic training; $3,183.04 for Patrol Medic training; and $20,137.60 for Rhino Tactical Refresher training
  • Another $8,184.96 from INL funds paid for an Advanced training course for some of Borana’s security-focused rangers in May 2021

Ol Jogi Conservancy, Kenya

  • $20,137.60 from INL funds via Project UPTICK paid for Rhino Tactical Refresher training for Ol Jogi’s security-focused rangers
  • $5,456.64 from INL funds paid for some of Ol Jogi’s security-focused rangers to undergo an Advanced training course in May 2021

uMkhuze Game Reserve, South Africa

  • €7,500 euros received from Stichting Wildlife (related to Safaripark Beekse Bergen, Hilvarenbeek, in the Netherlands), a long-standing supporter of rhino conservation efforts in uMkhuze, was awarded to help cover the costs of backpacks, belts and other equipment / uniform items

Rhino Resource Center, UK

  • 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/

African Rhino Specialist Group

  • We sent $5,626 from a USFWS grant and $5,000 from our own core funds to pay Dr Richard Emslie for his work as AfRSG Scientific Officer during the period July-December 2020

Grants during 2020-2021

Indian Rhino Vision (IRV) 2020

  • €1,000 euros from Rotterdam Zoo for IRV2020; to be used for the wildlife crime investigation and enforcement programme that trains the judiciary and magistrates on laws concerning wildlife crimes, the significance of the illegal wildlife trade, and on the sentencing guidelines
  • 2,000 euros from Parc Animalier de Branféré for IRV2020; to be used for the wildlife crime investigation and enforcement programme

Rhino Protection Unit programme, Indonesia

  • $208 received in miscellaneous donations for the RPU programme in Way Kambas National Park, to help cover the rangers’ salaries and rations
  • €5,000 from Odense Zoo in Denmark for the RPU programme in Way Kambas NP

Association of Private and community Land Rhino Sanctuaries, Kenya

  • $10,730 from For Rangers’ restricted funds to pay for rangers’ wages ($6,330) and vehicle fuel and maintenance ($4,400) at Enonkishu Conservancy in the Masai Mara
  • $1,700 from the US Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) for Project UPTICK (Uniting Protection Training and Intelligence in Central Kenya) to cover the monthly salary of 51 Degrees’ Ltd’s Intelligence Assistant
  • Another $1,700 from INL for Project UPTICK: monthly (November) salary for the Intelligence Assistant
  • $2,170 from INL funds for Project UPTICK: monthly (December) salary for the Intelligence Assistant and $470 for 3 months of cellphone contracts x 2 personnel
  • $1,700 from INL for Project UPTICK: monthly (January) salary for the Intelligence Assistant
  • $1,700 from INL for Project UPTICK: monthly (Feb) salary for the Intelligence Assistant

Big Life Foundation, Kenya

  • $35,000 from the Bently Foundation in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, to help cover Core Critical Operations Costs: the salaries of security staff and associated staff costs, vehicle fuel and maintenance costs for patrol purposes, flying time (helicopter and fixed-wing, as a deterrent to incursions and reaction to any threats), and other essential costs, including: canine units; intelligence gathering and analysis; a proportion of management staff (reduced) salaries; electricity / power, water, fence and road maintenance for security purposes; communications (again security-related) and any emergency vet interventions required. All these security-related activities must continue, if the conservancies and the wildlife they nurture are to survive the immediate crisis
  • $45,000 from the Bently Foundation / For Rangers / WCN Rhino Recovery Fund for Core Critical Operations Costs
  • $4,750 from a WildAid grant for the APLRS-CCOC appeal, to help cover anti-poaching costs during the period April 2020-March 2021

Borana Conservancy, Kenya

  • $55,000 from the Bently Foundation in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, to help cover Core Critical Operations Costs (as for Big Life Foundation)
  • $50,000 from Save the Rhino International Inc. for Core Critical Operations Costs
  • $225,000 from For Rangers for Core Critical Operations Costs
  • $82,500 from the Bently Foundation / For Rangers / WCN Rhino Recovery Fund for Core Critical Operations Costs
  • $5,000 from Taliaferro Family Fund for general Conservancy operating costs
  • $10,000 from Ingemar Goksøyr and Myfrid Oygard for a rhino naming opportunity and to help pay for Conservancy running costs
  • £1,199 received in misc. restricted donations via our website, to help cover Borana’s ongoing operating costs
  • £20,000 from the Rothes Charitable Trust to help Borana’s general operating costs. Income from the lodge has completed disappeared due to the Covid-19-imposed restrictions on international flights
  • $1,900 from the US Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, via Project UPTICK, for fixed-wing and $2,400 for helicopter surveillance over Borana and neighbouring conservancies during October 2020, and another $2,500 for intelligence analysis and support by 51 Degrees Ltd
  • $25,000 from the Bently Foundation, as an incentive grant for having raised the most, equally with Ol Jogi Conservancy, for the collective APLRS Core Critical Operations Costs (CCOC) Appeal
  • $1,900 from INL funds via Project UPTCIK to pay for fixed-wing aerial surveillance in November; another $2,500 for intelligence gathering and analysis by 51 Degrees Ltd during November 2020
  • $8,678 from INL funds for Project UPTICK: $1,748 for fixed-wing aerial surveillance and $6,930 for helicopter patrols during December 2020; and another $2,500 for intelligence gathering & analysis the same month
  • $9,000 from a WildAid grant for the APLRS-CCOC appeal, to help cover anti-poaching costs during the period April 2020-March 2021
  • $44,000 from Ardea Cares, to pay for new Toyota Landcruiser for its Borana’s Anti-Poaching Unit
  • $4,240 from INL funds via Project UPTICK: $1,900 for fixed-wing aerial surveillance and $2,340 for helicopter patrols during January 2021
  • $2,500 from INL funds for intelligence gathering & analysis by 51 Degrees Ltd during January 2021
  • $2,500 from INL funds for intelligence gathering & analysis by 51 Degrees Ltd during February 2021
  • $3,088 from INL funds via Project UPTICK: $1,900 for fixed-wing aerial surveillance and $1,188 for helicopter patrols during February 2021

Il Ngwesi Community Conservancy, Kenya

  • $10,000 from the Bently Foundation in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, to help cover Core Critical Operations Costs (as for Big Life Foundation)
  • $13,000 from the Bently Foundation / For Rangers / WCN Rhino Recovery Fund for Core Critical Operations Costs
  • $4,512 from the WildAid grant for the APLRS-CCOC appeal, to help cover anti-poaching costs during the period April 2020-March 2021

Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya

  • $9,425 from INL for Project UPTICK: $5,800 for 51 Degrees’ staff time for setting up the Ops Room in Tsavo East NP and $3,625 for Ops Room equipment for the Ops Room
  • $2,187 from INL funds via Project UPTICK to equip the Tsavo Regional HQ for EarthRanger®: laptops, wall mount and metal trunking

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya

  • $40,000 from the Bently Foundation in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, to help cover Core Critical Operations Costs (as for Big Life Foundation)
  • $82,500 from the Bently Foundation / For Rangers / WCN Rhino Recovery Fund for Core Critical Operations Costs
  • $4,680 from the US Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) for helicopter surveillance over Lewa and neighbouring conservancies during October 2020; $20,520 part-payment for new digital radios and $5,112 for spare radio batteries, and another $2,500 for intelligence analysis and support by 51 Degrees Ltd, as part of Project UPTICK
  • $2,640 for helicopter and $228 for fixed-wing aerial surveillance over Lewa and neighbouring conservancies during November, and $2,500 for intelligence gathering and analysis, thanks to the grant from INL
  • $4,432 from INL funds: $1,102 for fixed-wing aerial surveillance and $3,330 for helicopter patrols during December 2020; and another $2,500 from INL funds for intelligence gathering and analysis the same month
  • $9,000 from a WildAid grant for the APLRS-CCOC appeal, to help cover anti-poaching costs during the period April 2020-March 2021
  • $4,846 from INL funds for Project UPTICK: $1,786 for fixed-wing aerial surveillance and $3,060 for helicopter patrols during January 2021
  • $2,500 from INL funds for intelligence gathering & analysis during January 2021
  • $2,708.80 from INL funds via Project UPTICK: $2,500 for intelligence gathering & analysis during February 2021, plus $208.80 for transport during Source Handler role-play exercises
  • $3,088 from INL funds via Project UPTICK: $1,900 for fixed-wing aerial surveillance and $1,188 for helicopter use during Patrol Medic training in February 2021

Ol Jogi Conservancy, Kenya

  • $55,000 from the Bently Foundation in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, to help cover Core Critical Operations Costs (as for Big Life Foundation)
  • $50,000 from Save the Rhino International Inc. for Core Critical Operations Costs
  • $125,000 from For Rangers for Core Critical Operations Costs
  • $82,500 from the Bently Foundation / For Rangers / WCN Rhino Recovery Fund for Core Critical Operations Costs
  • $1,900 from the US Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) for Project UPTICK, to pay for fixed-wing aerial surveillance over Ol Jogi and neighbouring conservancies during October 2020, and $2,953 for equipment for the Central Operations Room (fire extinguishers, CCTV, solar panels, batteries and charge controllers, and back-up generator), which is linked to the Joint Operations Command Centre (JOCC) at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
  • $24,959 from the Bently Foundation as an incentive grant for having raised the most, equally with Borana Conservancy, for the collective APLRS CCOC Appeal, for funds for Core Critical Operations Costs, together with $41 from our own core funds to make up the difference lost due to bank transfer fees
  • $20,943 from INL funds for Project UPTICK: $9,212 to pay for equipment for the Central Operations Room (computer, additional screen, wall bracket, HDMI cable, firewall, server and cabinet); $2,250 to pay for training for the COR staff on the use of EarthRanger; and $9,481 for helicopter and fixed-wing aerial surveillance during October and November
  • Another $5,000 from INL for intelligence gathering and analysis during October and November
  • $2,500 from INL funds for intelligence gathering and analysis during December 2020, and another $4,600, also from INL: $1,900 for fixed-wing aerial surveillance and $2,700 for helicopter patrols during December 2020
  • $9,000 from the WildAid grant for the APLRS-CCOC appeal, to help cover anti-poaching costs during the period April 2020-March 2021
  • $6,688 from INL funds for Project UPTICK: $1,900 for fixed-wing aerial surveillance and $4,788 for helicopter patrols during January 2021
  • $2,500 from INL funds for intelligence gathering and analysis during January 2021
  • $2,500 from INL funds for intelligence gathering and analysis during February 2021
  • $6,692 from INL funds via Project UPTICK: $1,900 for fixed-wing aerial surveillance and $4,792 for helicopter patrols during February 2021
  • $596.59 from INL funds to pay for equipment for the Central Operations Room (switches for server and ancillary equipment)

Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya

  • $40,000 from the Bently Foundation in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, to help cover Core Critical Operations Costs (as for Big Life Foundation)
  • $82,500 from the Bently Foundation / For Rangers / WCN Rhino Recovery Fund for Core Critical Operations Costs
  • $9,000 from the WildAid grant for the APLRS-CCOC appeal, to help cover anti-poaching costs during the period April 2020-March 2021

Sera Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya

  • $15,000 from the Bently Foundation in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, to help cover Core Critical Operations Costs (as for Big Life Foundation)
  • $12,000 from the Bently Foundation / For Rangers / WCN Rhino Recovery Fund for Core Critical Operations Costs
  • $4,750 from the WildAid grant for the APLRS-CCOC appeal, to help cover anti-poaching costs during the period April 2020-March 2021

Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, Namibia

  • $2,680 from core funds and $6,154 from US Fish & Wildlife Service to procure additional dogs for Namibia’s canine unit, which has proved so successful in deployment in Etosha NP and elsewhere in the country
  • $589 from the Valerie G. Merrin 2006 Trust for repairs to the reciprocal saw and new blades for rhino dehorning operations on custodian properties
  • $729 from core funds to pay for a new safe in which to store horns removed in dehorning exercise, and $310 from core funds to pay for a fridge in which to store genetic samples taken during immobilizations
  • $3,062, $1,427 and $1,403 from core funds to pay for veterinary drugs and consumables used during rhino immobilization operations, whether to ear-notch, dehorn, or translocate animals away from rhino-poaching hotspots; and another $1,427 from core funds to pay for veterinary / darting equipment
  • $1,489 from core funds to pay for new wheels for the trailers used to hold black rhino crates during translocations and $224 from core funds to pay for ties to fix the black rhino crates to their trailers
  • $1,903 from USFWS to pay for new dart gun and sights, $1,527 to pay for more veterinary / darting equipment, and $24,746 to pay for helicopter hours for annual dehorning operations
  • $310 from the Valerie G. Merrin 2006 Trust to pay for paintballs, used to mark rhinos during immobilization operations so that they are not inadvertently re-darted. The paint is water-soluble and non-toxic, and rubs off after a week of dust or mud wallows
  • $2,879 from the Valerie G, Merrin 2006 Trust was used to pay for modifications to white rhino crate used for translocations (whether to remove rhinos from high-risk areas or for biological management): changes to the doors with new stoppers and hinge-locking system, production of off-road ramp, rubber surround, rear-locking bracket system with three sliding poles, and a hole at front for rope pull-through
  • $997 from USFWS funds paid for misc. consumables used during rhino immobilisation operations
  • $7,234 from USFWS paid for the hire of a 6×6 capture truck used for rhino translocations
  • $2,151 from the Valerie G. Merrin 2006 Trust to pay for 6.5 hours service & additional repairs to the Rhino Recovery Vehicle that suffered from fire damage
  • $43,576 from USFWS funds to pay Namibia Helicopter Services for chopper hours in Khaudum NP and Waterberg Plateau Park for translocations and immobilisations
  • $2,172.94 from USFWS paid for for AvGas for dehorning operations
  • £1,459.59 from The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid for a service & spare parts for the fixed-wing aircraft stationed in Etosha NP; and another £2,435.63 paid for services to the three rhino vehicles stationed in the Park

Gashaka Gumti National Park, Nigeria

  • $10,000 from funds raised by the For Rangers initiative to Gashaka Gumti National Park in Nigeria, pay for Iridium satellite handsets, antennae etc. to improve communications in the Park
  • £5 from core funds for transfer fees

Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, South Africa

  • £5,168 received in misc. donations and from Rhino Covid-19 Crisis Appeal during June 2020, to be used as needed. Covid-19 has hit HiP hard, with no income from Park entry fees or tourism lodges, and yet many additional items of Personal Protective Equipment were needed that were not in original Park budgets
  • €2,500 from Parc de Lunaret – Zoo de Montpellier, a long-standing supporter of HiP, to be used to help buy misc. items of law-enforcement equipment
  • $16,136 from US Fish & Wildlife Service to pay for new vehicle tyres, and a further $3,185 from USFWS for aerial surveillance over HiP. The Savannah S light sport aircraft is used to help spot animals for the rhino trackers, to monitor the progress of any wildfires, to look for predators that may have strayed out of the Park, and to assist during live operations to apprehend poachers April 2020-March 2021 USFWS

uMkhuze Game Reserve, South Africa

  • €25,000 from WILDLANDS Nature and Education Fund (also known as Zoo Emmen) helped pay for aircraft hangar construction, pilot training for two pilots to obtain their light sports aircraft licences and accommodation while training, a drone kit, an electric vehicle to monitor the Reserve’s fence-line, binoculars for the field rangers and tyres for three law-enforcement vehicles. This is the first half of a total €50,000 donation by WILDLANDS Nature and Education Fund for uMkhuze

North Luangwa Conservation Programme, Zambia

  • $700,000 from the Wildcat Foundation for law-enforcement equipment and anti-poaching operations, ranger salaries, bonuses and incentives, specialist and in-service training and vehicle running costs for North Luangwa National Park’s rangers
  • $3,573 from a multi-year grant from the Wildcat Foundation paid for anti-poaching operations and equipment by and for North Luangwa National Park’s rangers
  • Another $300,000 from the Wildcat Foundation’s 2-year grant for law-enforcement equipment and anti-poaching operations, ranger salaries, bonuses and incentives, specialist and in-service training and vehicle running costs for North Luangwa National Park’s rangers
  • $24,443 from the Wildcat Foundation to pay for law-enforcement equipment and its import into Zambia
  • $12,992.84 from the Wildcat Foundation to pay Takuhe Consultants Ltd for consultancy in and travel to North Luangwa National Park during January-February 2021
  • Another $164,959.78 from Wildcat Foundation’s grant for law-enforcement equipment and anti-poaching operations, ranger salaries, bonuses and incentives, specialist and in-service training and vehicle running costs for North Luangwa National Park’s rangers

Nsumbu Tanganyika Conservation Project, Zambia

  • $2,903 from the Wildcat Foundation went to NTCP in Zambia for anti-poaching operations. NTCP 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
  • $12,007 from the Wildcat Foundation to pay for law-enforcement equipment and its import into Zambia, and another $14,207 from Wildcat to reimburse NTCP for local expenditure on law-enforcement equipment, ranger training, training-related travel and subsistence and Garmin GPSs, plus $35 from our own core funds to make up amounts lost during international transfers

Follow-the-money investigation

  • $20,591 from Save the Rhino International Inc. went to help cover the costs of a follow-the-money investigation into a major rhino poaching syndicate
  • £18,973 from core funds to help pay for the costs of a follow-the-money investigation into a major rhino poaching syndicate
  • And a further $39,270.26 from Save the Rhino International Inc. went to help cover the costs of a follow-the-money investigation into a major rhino-poaching syndicate

Javan Rhino Study and Conservation Area, Indonesia

  • $50,000 from Save the Rhino International Inc. thanks to a major unrestricted donation from an anonymous donor, which will be used to help pay for the Rhino Protection Unit programme in Ujung Kulon NP, home to the world’s only population of Javan Rhinos. The RPUs are on patrol for c. 15 consecutive days, looking for signs of rhino and other large megafauna, as well as acting upon any illegal activities, such as logging or snares. Each RPU comprises one member of National Parks staff, who is armed; the other three are from YABI, or Yayasan Badak Indonesia (the Indonesian Rhino Foundation)
  • £172 received in misc. donations for Arenga palm eradication un Ujung Kulon NP. With only one site currently available for Javan rhinos, ensuring that more of the Park has suitable fodder plants for the rhinos is the simplest way of expanding suitable habitat. Arenga palm is an invasive species that dominates undergrowth unless checked
  • £166 received in misc. donations via our website for ongoing rhino monitoring by the Rhino Protection Units in Ujung Kulon NP
  • $10,500 from the Scott and Jessica McClintock Foundation to help cover the costs of the RPU programme in Ujung Kulon NP, Java
  • And £546 received in misc. donations for the RPU programme in Ujung Kulon NP

Rhino Protection Unit programme, Indonesia

  • £5,000 from the Simon Gibson Charitable Trust helped cover the operating costs of the RPUs working in Way Kambas NP in south-eastern Sumatra
  • £2,500 from David Williamson and Sue Ripley, together with another £2,086 and £405 received in misc. donations in response to our Rhino Covid-19 crisis appeal held during July 2020, to help pay for the cost of the RPU programme in Way Kambas NP
  • £1,060 from restricted misc. dons for the Way Kambas reforestation project ($1,000 covers the cost of replanting one acre of trees)
  • £4,500 received as an anonymous donation from a company helped cover the RPUs’ salaries and rations
  • £414 in misc. donations for the RPU programme in Way Kambas NP

Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary, Indonesia

  • $25,000 (the fourth and last instalment of the $100,000 commitment from our core funds) for the Sumatran Rhino Rescue Project
  • $20,000 (the third instalment of a $100,000 commitment ) from Wilhelma Zoo Stuttgart for the Sumatran Rhino Rescue Project
  • £384 from misc. restricted donations for general Sanctuary running costs
  • Another £64 received in misc. donations via our website for general Sanctuary running costs
  • $20,000 (the fourth and final instalment of the $100,000 commitment) from Wilhelma Zoo Stuttgart for the Sumatran Rhino Rescue project
  • £2,474.84 from Speake Marin and £777.04 received in misc. donations for general Sanctuary running costs
  • €1,303 from Hodonin Zoo in the Czech Republic and €3,193.24 euros from Fondation Lutreola (Tallinn Zoo) for general running costs of the SRS

Association of Private and community Land Rhino Sanctuaries, Kenya

  • $5,297 paid from Bently Foundation funds and $1,703 from core funds paid for Conservation Alpha to support the Kenya Wildlife Service and the APLRS to clean-up historical rhino-sighting data from rhino sites throughout Kenya. A new reporting tool built by Conservation Alpha will facilitate management decisions regarding the country’s meta-population
  • £1,159 received in misc. restricted donations and £2,250 from the Betty Lawes Foundation went to cover 50% of costs incurred by APLRS Members for veterinary interventions needed for black rhinos during the period April 2019 to March 2020
  • $3,000 from an anonymous donor to the For Rangers initiative paid for lion collars for a project being coordinated by Sosian Ranch. It is hoped that better understanding of the pride’s movements will reduce predator-livestock conflict
  • $5,785 from the Bently Foundation was sent to cover travel expenses incurred by Linus Kariuki and Cedric Khayale (KWS Rhino Programme Coordinator and Rhino Scientist respectively) and John Gitonga (APLRS Administrator) in visiting sites throughout Kenya to chase and verify historical rhino-sighting data, in order to form annual planning meetings

Big Life Foundation, Kenya

  • $1,324 from the Anna Merz Rhino Trust for rhino monitoring costs during the period January to June 2021. The Chyulu Hills NP holds a small but genetically important population of Eastern black rhino

Borana Conservancy, Kenya

  • $30,000 from the Holtzman Wildlife Foundation’s grant for a 2-year water-reticulation project (total award $60,000). Whilst Borana has a number of dams and pans, these are subject to rains and, although the larger of these hold perennial water, the increased pressure and intra-species competition (particularly between rhino) means that areas surrounding these water points become over-browsed. This affects both habitat and Borana’s Ecological Carrying Capacity for black rhino. As a result, across the Conservancy, there are areas where water reticulation must be improved. By building more water points, constructing pipelines and equipping boreholes with solar power, this project will increase available habitat for young dispersing male black rhinos that are establishing new territories, as well as open up habitat for other species
  • $7,445 from the Anna Merz Rhino Trust for rhino monitoring costs during the period January to June 2021

Il Ngwesi Community Conservancy, Kenya

  • $662 from the Anna Merz Rhino Trust for rhino monitoring costs during the period January to June 2021. Il Ngwesi is currently home to a very few white and black rhinos, but hopes to receive a founder population of black rhinos through the Rhino Impact Investment Project

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya

  • $29,283 from the Anna Merz Rhino Trust for rhino monitoring costs during the period January to June 2021

Ol Jogi Conservancy, Kenya

  • $50,000 from an anonymous donor to Save the Rhino International Inc. was used to buy a JCB backhoe loader, to assist with digging trenches to lay new pipes for water reticulation in the Pyramid section of the Conservancy
  • €7,500 from Stichting Wildlife paid for SMART devices and for the installation of further cameras for the CCTV remote camera system along the Ol Jogi’s wildlife corridors that allow animals to cross from one part of the Conservancy to others
  • $18,199 from the Anna Merz Rhino Trust for rhino monitoring costs during the period January to June 2021

Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya

  • $30,110 from the Anna Merz Rhino Trust for rhino monitoring costs during the period January to June 2021

Sera Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya

  • $2,978 from the Anna Merz Rhino Trust for rhino monitoring costs during the period January to June 2021

Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, Namibia

  • £4,686 and £27,323 from The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to pay for helicopter hours – the purchase of fuel and its transport to Okaukuejo, and for helicopter hire in order to carry out a block count, i.e. get an up-to-date census of white and black rhino numbers, in Etosha NP. A further £1,770 from the Royal Foundation paid for Ministry staff’s subsistence costs while in the field
  • $4,470 from core funds, and $33,510 plus $15,784 plus $9,304 from US Fish & Wildlife Service paid for GPS satellite and LoRa WAN rhino-tracking to aid rhino monitoring throughout the country, particularly for animals that were retrieved from outside Etosha NP or translocated to new areas
  • $12,057 from USFWS funds paid for predictive-modelling consultant to map poaching hotspots and inform anti-poaching interventions. $1,198 from USFWS funds paid for the hosting of Shiny app data to inform the modelling
  • $7,192 from USFWS paid for a data consultant to analyse SMART and Cybertracker data for the period April-June 2020 inclusive
  • £14,819 from The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was sent to pay for helicopter spare parts and labour, related to the Etosha block count carried out in August and September 2020, to establish the sizes of Etosha National Park’s black and white rhino populations
  • $20,720 from a $57,000 grant from the Woodtiger Fund went to help pay for a new Rhino Recovery Vehicle (a Toyota Landcruiser V8 single-cab) and modifications, used in MEFT’s rhino translocation and immobilization operations, after the previous vehicle caught fire when grass got caught in the exhaust. An insurance claim is covering the rest of the cost of the new RRV
  • $3,867 from the Valerie G Merrin 2006 Trust paid for a new solar pump for Nyae Nyae Buffalo Camp, to increase water provision for its rhino population
  • $3,453 from the Woodtiger Fund to pay for modifications to the new Rhino Recovery Fund vehicle: tough guard panels, line-x loadbin, stainless-steel surround on tailgate, rear replacement bumper with double spare-wheel carriers, fridge bracket in the front cab, and labour for the modifications carried out
  • $2,406 from Valerie G. Merrin 2006 Trust funds to pay Dr Jeff Muntifering to conduct a rhino reintroduction feasibility assessment for Khaudum National Park
  • $3,036.65 from the Woodtiger Fund to pay Autohaus Windhoek for repairs to the 6×6 MAN service truck used for rhino translocations; together with another $6,972.76 to buy new tyres for the truck
  • $3,666.86 from the Valerie G. Merrin 2006 Trust funds for further modifications to the Rhino Recovery Vehicle: a rear tow-bar, steel water and diesel tanks, a 12v fridge plug at the rear, and labour and supplies
  • £2,005.02 from a 3-year grant from The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to pay Skycore Aviation for helicopter spares, relating to the Etosha block count carried out during August and September 2020; another £840.53 for 2 x Garmin GPS to be used by rangers when monitoring rhinos; £20,431.88 to pay Trio Aviation for helicopter inspection, repairs, spares, and export / import charges on spare parts; £4,996.41 to pay Swavet for drugs and equipment (scalpels, syringes etc.) used in rhino immobilisations
  • $11,055 from a USFWS grant paid for tracking devices to inform analysis of poaching hotspots
  • $842 from the Valerie G Merrin 2006 Trust funds to pay for a radio for the new Rhino Recovery Vehicle
  • $5,197 from the Valerie G Merrin 2006 Trust funds to pay for final modifications to the new Rhino Recovery vehicle, including side protection bars, spotlight, winch, compressor etc.
  • $5,000 from core funds to help pay for a LoRaWAN tower in one of Namibia’s national parks and LoRA tags to be implanted in rhino horns
  • $13,327 from the SFWS Rhino and Tiger Conservation Fund to help pay for a LoRaWAN tower and LoRA tags
  • A 2-year grant from the Woodtiger Fund paid for a series of things: $4,350.87 for a for biannual service of the new Rhino Recovery Vehicle; $5,314.69 for three new tyres for the Astra rhino truck used in rhino translocations; $2,989.73 to Dr Axel Hartmann for fuel for the Astra rhino truck used in rhino translocations (veterinarian Dr Hartmann travelled with the truck during the translocations from Waterberg PP to Etosha NP); $2,990.25 to Dr Janine Sharpe for fuel, also for the Astra rhino truck used during rhino translocations; and $1,022.17 to Piet Beytell, Chief Conservation Scientist and National Rhino Coordinator, for fuel for the Rhino Recovery Vehicle used in rhino translocations
  • A USFWS grant supported the following costs: $177.50 payment to Ferdinand Tjombe Consultancy to expedite a business visa for Dr Markus Hofmeyr to assist with annual rhino-dehorning operations; $4,057.18 for travel, daily expenses and Covid tests for Dr Hofmeyr, who travelled from South Africa to Namibia to assist with the operations; and $2,766 to Panthera for a consultant from Lusaka to visit Namibia to implement SMART monitoring for a prediction model that informs site managers about poaching hot spots and patrol deployments for maximum impact
  • $57.58 from core funds was used to help cover the costs of Tomas Tonata’s S&T during the rhino translocations from Waterberg Plateau Park to Etosha NP; and another £72.26 from core funds paid the rest of an invoice for the hire of an additional 6×6 flatbed truck to assist the two MEFT rhino trucks with the transport of rhino to Etosha
  • $3,463.64 from the Valerie G. Merrin 2006 Trust paid for the hire of an additional 6×6 truck for two trips with white rhino to Nyae Nyae Conservancy, and $559 covered repairs to tents, bags and a rucksack used by MEFT staff during annual rhino operations

Save the Rhino Trust, Namibia

  • $30,000 from the Ceiley Foundation was allocated as follows: $10,189 Ugab team salaries, $10,286 for vehicle fuel and maintenance, $5,600 for misc. equipment purchase and repair, and $3,925 for Ugab team base expenses, for SRT’s financial year 2019-20
  • £584 from core funds helped cover vehicle running costs, rations and field day bonuses for the staff
  • $8,900 from For Rangers’ restricted funds went towards for vehicle fuel and maintenance for SRT’s tracker patrols
  • £7,221 from misc. res dons and our Rhino Covid-19 Crisis appeal during June 2020, together with £6,095 donated by Vanessa Buxton and £10,000 raised by Berry White via a virtual summer solstice festival, helped pay for vehicle running costs, rations and field day bonuses for the staff
  • £2,500 from David Williamson and Sue Ripley helped pay for general rhino monitoring costs: vehicle fuel and maintenance, rhino-sightings incentives and trackers’ rations. David and Sue had visited the Kunene Region in 1996, when they met Mike Hearn, after whom our paid Internship is named, and who had a memorable encounter with a rhino named Speedy
  • £629 received in misc. donations helped cover the costs of general rhino monitoring: vehicle fuel and maintenance, rhino-sightings incentives and trackers’ rations
  • $10,500 from the Scott and Jessica McClintock Foundation and another $1,061.18 from misc. restricted donations to help pay for rations and vehicle fuel and running costs and associated administration costs
  • $4,336.75 from AAZK Bowling for Rhinos paid for 2 x SMART data collection devices and 5 x solar-power systems, together with a further $12.62 from core funds

uMkhuze Game Reserve, South Africa

  • $15,159 from US Fish & Wildlife Service will help to cover the cost of uMkhuze’s rhino monitor’s salary. Budget cuts at the managing agency, EKZNW, mean that this important post has to be funded by external donors. A much more detailed database is being built up of the Reserve’s white and black rhino populations as a result of this dedicated position

South Sudan

  • $1,000 from core funds agreed at Trustees’ meeting for next phase of searches for any remaining Northern white rhinos

Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary Rhino, Tanzania

  • Several grants were sent to help pay for fuel and maintenance for water bowser, brush cutter etc. in order to keep the Sanctuary functioning in the 6-month period July-December 2020; Covid-19: $16,180 from core funds, $9,975 from Tusk Trust and $1,969 from Zoo Dvur Kralove

Lowveld Rhino Trust, Zimbabwe

  • $9,900 from the Scott and Jessica McClintock Foundation was sent to help cover salaries and vehicle running costs for the scout teams responsible for monitoring black and white rhinos in Bubye Valley Conservancy
  • £1,342 from core funds and £1,178 from miscellaneous restricted donations received via our website to pay for rhino-monitoring data form the period February-August 2020 inclusive to be entered into LRT’s database for further analysis, as well as for the creation and maintenance of LRT’s new website

Environmental Investigation Agency, UK

  • $29,750 from Save the Rhino International Inc. was awarded to the Environmental Investigation Agency for a project entitled “Strengthening legal and policy frameworks in China”. The EIA will advocate for the adoption of a new State Council order and/or amendments to China’s wildlife laws; to encourage and amplify diverse voices calling for an end to trade in threatened wildlife; and to undertake research and produce analysis to support policy recommendations

TRAFFIC-China

  • A final £14,983 from the grant from the Betty Liebert Trust was sent to TRAFFIC-China as the last payment for a project entitled “Save the rhino through social media”

TRAFFIC-Viet Nam

  • Final payments were also sent to TRAFFIC in Vietnam to conclude two other projects, “Reducing the demand for rhino horn in the Vietnamese communist party and government” and “Reducing the demand for ivory & rhino horn from Chinese tourists in Viet Nam”: £5,000 from the Simon Gibson Charitable Trust; £6,451.54 from various donations (Endurance Estates, Gonville Hotel, Lucy Hattingh, Anthony May, and Oliver Bruendler); £5,416.46 from the Betty Liebert Trust; and £1,817 received in misc. restricted donations

Education for Nature-Vietnam, Viet Nam

  • €4,000 from Association Ecofaune (Zoo de la Barben) and another €4,000 from Zoologischer Garten Berlin was awarded for a project to aimed at addressing wildlife consumer and internet crimes in Viet Nam by enhancing enforcement work. More specifically, the money will pay for a consumer crime survey in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and an internet wildlife crime enforcement campaign aimed at reducing the availability of rhino horn and other wildlife products for sale via the internet

Indian Rhino Vision, 2020

  • $3,969 from Wilhelma Zoo Stuttgart to be used for the wildlife crime investigation and enforcement programme in Assam

African Rhino Specialist Group, Africa

  • $14,400 from Oak Philanthropy (UK) Ltd to pay for the production of issue no. 61 of Pachyderm, the journal of the IUCN SSC African and Asian Rhino Specialist Groups and the African Elephant Specialist Group. The journal is available to read online 
  • £1,000 from core funds towards the production of issue #62 of Pachyderm, and another £176.84 from misc. restricted donations
  • A total of $8,215.44 towards the production of issue #62 of Pachyderm, thanks to grants from the International Rhino Foundation ($993.84), Save the Elephants ($6,982) and misc. restricted donations ($239.60)
  • $3,500 from Oak Philanthropy (UK) Limited towards the costs of editing and producing issue #62

Canine unit project, Africa

  • $300 from an INL grant was used to pay Dr Chris Aycock for online Zoom training for working group participants. The workshop we had originally intended to organise in Lusaka in May 2020 had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so instead we have been organising a programme of talks and tutorials, and have circulated relevant information via a WhatsApp group

Association of Private and community Land Rhino Sanctuaries, Kenya

  • $11,349 from For Rangers’ restricted funds to pay for rangers’ rations at Lewa, Borana, Ol Jogi, Ol Pejeta and Sosian Conservancies: tea, sugar, rice, maize meal flour, baking flour, cooking fat and soap
  • $9,270 from For Rangers’ restricted funds to pay for rations ($1,620), rebuilding Bingham camp after floods washed it away ($2,000), radio batteries ($150), solar power maintenance ($1,000) and communications (airtime and internet etc.) ($4,500) at Enonkishu Conservancy in the Masai Mara
  • $24,280 from For Rangers’ funds to pay for rangers’ salaries and rations, and then another $720 to pay for rations for Sosian Ranch’s rangers: tea, sugar, rice, maize meal flour, baking flour, cooking fat, beef mix and soap
  • $13,596 and another $13,681 from For Rangers’ restricted funds to pay for rangers’ rations at Lewa, Borana, Ol Jogi, Ol Pejeta and Sosian Conservancies as well as Loisaba, Il Ngwesi Community and Il Mamusi Conservancies and the Ngare Ndare Forest Trust : tea, sugar, rice, maize meal flour, baking flour, cooking fat and soap
  • $28,593 from For Rangers’ funds to pay for renewal of Viva365 life insurance policy for Kenyan rangers from 13 June 2020 to 12 June 2021
  • $7,323 from For Rangers’ funds to pay for rangers’ salaries, rations, training and radios at the Ngare Ndare Forest Trust
  • $1,371 from ForRangers’ to pay for rations for community conservancies in Laikipia, including Naibunga, Il Mamusi, Il Ngwesi and Ngare Ndare Forest Trust
  • £319 from For Rangers’ restricted funds to pay the balance on a previous invoice for rations that was incorrectly calculated (for community conservancies in Laikipia, including Naibunga, Il Mamusi, Il Ngwesi and NgareNdare Forest Trust)
  • $6,300 to the Masai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association, thanks to donations from Gary and Mary Pinkus and from Ernie and Diane Burgess in response to the 2020 MARAthon
  • $17,897.70 from the grant from the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs for Project UPTICK paid for the shipping costs of 282 x bergens, day sacks and webbings & 564 x torches from the UK to Kenya
  • $930 from INL for Project UPTICK for 2 x training instructor days to write up training course reports / assessments on rangers from Ol Jogi, Borana and Lewa
  • £5,729 for items for Patrol Medic kits (8 each for rangers from Ol Jogi, Borana and Lewa) for: 72 x tourniquet; 120 field dressings; 72 chest seal valves; 96 abdominal bandages; 72 Sam splints; 24 lightweight stretchers; 168 rolls of zinc oxide tape; 26 tubs of Sudocrem; 48 boxes x 100 pairs of vinyl gloves; 24 pairs of nail scissors; & 24 combat trauma bags, thanks to funds from the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
  • $1,000 from Dave and Heidi Welch, in response to the 2020 MARAthon, to the Masai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association
  • We made a series of payments with funds from the INL grant for Project UPTICK to buy medical kit for the 23 rangers from Ol Jogi, Borana and Lewa Wildlife Conservancies to receive patrol medic training: £757.86 for 26 bottles of Sudocream antisceptic lotion, 48 boxes of 100 vinyl gloves, and 24 pairs of nail scissors; £198.96 for another 24 pairs of nail scissors; £488.92 for 24 x each of boxes of 10 x eye dressings, sterile calico bandages x packs of 10, boxes of 100 waterproof plasters, and splinter forceps and pointed forceps; £657.31 for 69 x 4″ Israeli abdominal bandages with pressure bar + gauze + gloves; and another £25 for misc. kit
  • $900 from INL for Project UPTICK for 51 Degrees’ instructor’s time writing up post-course reports for rangers taking part in training courses during February 2021
  • £7,200 from George and Lucilla Stephenson helped to pay for the management of a new organisation, ANI Partners Ltd, that will coordinate the management of Lolldaiga and Ole Naishu Conservancies, and more dynamic conservation-development-focused cooperation with key neighbouring properties including Mukugodo Forest, Il Ngwesi Community Conservancy and Makurian Group Ranch, plus another $30,000 from the Sidekick Foundation for ANI Partners Ltd

Borana Conservancy, Kenya

  • $21,769 from INL funds for 92 bergens, daysacks and webbings, and 184 battery-operated head torches, for Borana’s National Police Reservists and general security
  • $6,872 from INL funds for 184 x 2.5 litre Camelbaks for Borana’s NPRs and general security rangers, and for 16 x patrol medic bleeder packs
  • $33,400 from INL funds to pay a 75% deposit on uniforms for Borana’s 32 NPRs and 60 general security rangers, who will each receive:  4x shirts, 4x pairs of trousers, 2x jackets, 2x bush hats, 1x raincoats, 4x Tshirts, 2x belts, 2x jumpers, 10x pairs of socks, 2x woolly hats and 4x pairs woolly gloves
  • $1,915.20 from INL funds to pay for 3 of Borana’s rangers to receive commanders’ training in December 2020
  • $15,247 from INL funds to pay for 92 pairs of boots for Borana’s Anti-Poaching Unit & general security rangers
  • $11,294.90 from INL funds to pay the remaining 25% balance of the uniform order: 4x shirts, 4x pairs of trousers, 2x jackets, 2x bush hats, 1x raincoats, 4x Tshirts, 2x belts, 2x jumpers, 10x pairs of socks, 2x woolly hats and 4x pairs woolly gloves

Kenya Wildlife Service, Kenya

  • $9,825 from INL for Project UPTICK for 51 degrees’ training instructor days to train KWS staff based at Tsavo East National Park’s Ops Room on how to use new IT equipment and Earth Ranger
  • $5,937.50 from INL for Project UPTICK for 51 Degrees’ training instructor days to train KWS staff at Tsavo Regional HQ on the ER User Basic and ER Management Basic courses delivered at Tsavo Regional HQ, plus internal travel expenses

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya

  • $23,189 from INL funds for 98 bergens, daysacks and webbings, and 196 battery-operated head torches, for Ol Jogi’’s National Police Reservists and general security
  • $7,248 from INL funds for 196 x 2.5 litre Camelbaks for Lewa’s NPRs and general security rangers, and for 16 x patrol medic bleeder packs
  • $16,637 of the total order (75% deposit upfront) from Blaise Investments, from the INL grant for Project UPTICK, to pay for uniforms for 36 NPRs and 62 general security rangers, who each receive: 4x shirts, 1x jackets, 2x bush hats, 1x raincoats, 4x Tshirts, 2x belts, 2x jumpers, 2x woolly hats and 4x pairs woolly gloves
  • $2,553.60 from INL funds to pay for four of Lewa’s rangers to take part in a 10-day commanders’ training course in December 2020
  • $9,096 from INL funds and $10,460 from Lewa’s donors, to pay for 118 pairs of boots for Lewa’s Anti-Poaching Unit and general security rangers. These British-military standard boots will last more than five years
  • $5,626.98 from INL funds to pay the remaining 25% balance of the uniform order
  • $25,594.24 from INL funds via Project UPTICK: $20,137.60 for 31 of Lewa’s rangers to undergo the Rhino Tactical Refresher Course #1; $3,637.76 for eight of Lewa’s rangers to do Patrol Medic training; and $1,818.88 for one of Lewa’s rangers to benefit from the 30-day Basic training course

Ol Jogi Conservancy, Kenya

  • $21,769 from INL funds for 92 bergens, daysacks and webbings, and 184 battery-operated head torches, for Ol Jogi’’s National Police Reservists and general security
  • $6,872 from INL funds for 184 x 2.5 litre Camelbaks for Ol Jogi’’s NPRs and general security rangers, and for 16 x patrol medic bleeder packs
  • $33,400 from INL funds to pay a 75% deposit on uniforms for Ol Jogi’’s 32 NPRs and 60 general security rangers, who will each receive:  4x shirts, 4x pairs of trousers, 2x jackets, 2x bush hats, 1x raincoats, 4x Tshirts, 2x belts, 2x jumpers, 10x pairs of socks, 2x woolly hats and 4x pairs woolly gloves
  • $1,915.20 from INL funds to pay for three of Ol Jogi’s rangers to participate in a 10-day commanders’ training course in December 2020
  • €5,000 euros from Zoo Hannover to help pay for new uniforms for Ol Jogi’s 31 rhino monitors. With growing black and white rhino populations, Ol Jogi needed to employ additional rangers during 2020, and aims to provide each ranger with two complete sets of uniform per year
  • $15,247 from INL funds paid for 92 pairs of boots for Ol Jogi’s Anti-Poaching Unit & general security rangers
  • $11,294.90 from INL funds to paid the remaining 25% balance of the uniform order
  • $10,913.28 from INL funds via Project UPTICK was used to pay for ranger training: $7,275.52 for 4 rangers to benefit from a 30-day basic training course; and $3,637.76 for 8 rangers to participate in an 8-day Patrol Medic course

Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, Namibia

  • $3,250 from core funds and $54,500 from US Fish & Wildlife Service to pay Invictus K9 for their instructors’ training of dog handlers
  • $54,550 from USFWS funds to pay Invictus K9 for instructors’ training of dog handlers

Save the Rhino Trust, Namibia

  • $11,100 from For Rangers’ restricted funds was use to buy rations for SRT’s trackers, who are out in the field for many days each month in an extremely remote and inhospitable environment

Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, South Africa

  • $500 from the Bernard F. and Alva B. Gimbel Foundation for camp maintenance
  • $22,647 from US Fish & Wildlife Service for ranger camp maintenance
  • $16,985 from USFWS for ration packs, used by Field Rangers when on extended (i.e. multi-day-night) patrols in remote parts of the Park
  • $12,739 from USFWS in July 20 for camouflage overalls for the Park’s Field Rangers
  • €10,000 from Réserve Africaine de Sigean and €3,000 from Safari de Peaugres; to be used to buy a quadbike and some law-enforcement / maintenance equipment, including rifle cleaning kits, oils and pepper spray, and to make repairs to vehicles, pumps, electricals etc.

uMkhuze Game Reserve, South Africa

  • $22,575 from US Fish & Wildlife Service was used to pay for four more solar power installations in ranger picket camps, which will provide light at night and power to charge cellphones and radios
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  • $9,200 from USFWS was used to buy uniforms for uMkhuze’s Field Rangers and Section Rangers
  • $17,693 from USFWS was allocated to ranger tactical training. Budgets have been severely cut at the managing agency, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, and financial problems have been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, so this funding for ranger training is particularly welcome
  • $9,383 from core funds went towards misc. camp equipment and for solar-power installation at rangers’ camps
  • €383 from core funds was used to pay for aviation insurance for Eduard Goosen, Michael Langley and N. McDonogh during training for their light-sports aircraft pilots’ licences

Rhino Fund Uganda, Uganda

  • $10,000 from For Rangers’ restricted funds was awarded to RFU to help cover ranger salaries and rations at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, home to Uganda’s only breeding population of Southern white rhino. Covid-19 has seen all tourism to Ziwa cease, with consequent lack of income
  • Another $22,000 from ForRangers’ restricted funds was awarded as an emergency grant to cover support-staff salaries and operating costs (vehicle fuel and maintenance costs) for two months at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Rhino Resource Center, UK

  • 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/

North Luangwa Conservation Programme, Zambia

  • £8,673 from Peter and Birgit Lawrence helped pay for improved ablutions and water provision (a soak-away extension, tank stand and solar-powered hot-water geyser) at the Rhino and Elephant Protection Unit base in North Luangwa NP, as well as fodder for one of the rhinos that needed boma care, ranger salaries etc.
  • £1,000 from core funds was sent as a reward for two of NLCP’s scouts, Paimolo and Cosmas, for exceptional dedication shown during an emergency rhino operation
  • $8,400 from the Wildcat Foundation’s grant was used to pay for a specialist tracker training course for scouts from North Luangwa’s Rhino and Elephant Protection Unit. A further $2,250 paid Simon Leak, trainer with Big 5 Protection, for travel expenses incurred while delivering Specialist tracking trainer course for REPU scouts in North Luangwa NP in Sept Wildcat Foundation
  • $13,000 from the Wildcat Foundation grant to pay Big 5 Protection for a Specialist tracking trainer course for the REPU scouts in North Luangwa NP in Jan-Mar 2021

African Rhino Specialist Group (AfRSG)

  • $8,236 from Save the Rhino International Inc. for the Scientific Officer’s consultancy fees for days worked on core Secretariat business for the IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group during the period January to June 2020. The AfRSG Secretariat performs a range of services, including preparing IUCN / TRAFFIC reports for CITES’ Conferences of the Parties, updating the IUCN Red List, advising rhino-range States on the implementation of national rhino strategies, etc.
  • $18,259 from USFWS for the Scientific Officer’s consultancy fees for days worked on core business for the IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group during the period January to June 2020, and another $3,361 from USFWS for the AfRSG Scientific Officer’s travel and subsistence while attending meetings on behalf of the AfRSG
  • $1,080 from USFWS for the AfRSG Chair’s travel and subsistence while attending meetings on behalf of the IUCN SSC AfRSG

Association of Private and community Land Rhino Sanctuaries, Kenya

  • €4,000 donated by long-time supporter Ales Weiner was used to help cover the salary of the APLRS Administrator, John Gitonga, for the period July 2020-June 2021. John is based in the Rhino Programme Coordinator’s office in the KWS headquarters in Nairobi, and works alongside the RPC to monitor and encourage the implementation of Kenya’s Black Rhino Action Plan

Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary, Tanzania

  • £11,761 from core funds and £260 received in miscellaneous restricted donations were used to pay for Dr Rob Brett and Dr Rob Small, both of Fauna and Flora International, to conduct a review of the Sanctuary’s black rhinos’ breeding performance and to make recommendations for the future management of Mkomazi, following the handover of the Sanctuary’s management from the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust to the Tanzanian National Parks Authority. With the publication of a new national rhino strategy, it is excellent timing to be thinking about the role that Mkomazi can play in national meta-population management, as Tanzania’s third-largest black rhino population

Borana Conservancy, Kenya

  • £12,000 from the CHK Foundation for Borana’s Mobile Health Clinic. Set up in 2005, the Borana Mobile Health Clinic (BMC) works in partnership with the Ministry of Health. Since then, the BMC has been providing basic health care, health lectures, HIV Aids awareness, antenatal advice, child immunisation programmes and family planning to Borana’s neighbouring communities. The majority of Borana’s neighbours do not have adequate access to basic health care and consequently have to rely heavily on the Mobile Clinic to provide this. The Clinic’s headquarters is based at Borana HQ and the team consists of two nurses, a community health worker trained in nutrition and hygiene, and a driver. Together, they visit 10 communities on a 2-week rotation treating more than 700 patients per month and travelling more than 1,000 miles in the Clinic’s Landrover. The nurses also provide sanitation advice, support and counselling to students at eight schools, as well as health education, focusing on hygiene and nutrition, for members of the community. The areas the clinic currently visits are: Lotasha, Loruko, Mithatene, Mbuju, Ndurumoru, Ldaranja, Ltirim, Tassia and Ltinga
  • £1,636.91 received in misc. restricted donations, together with $2,105 donated by Johnny Beveridge, was sent to pay for Days for Girls Supreme menstrual kits, distributed via the Borana Mobile Clinic and Community Development Office to female students in the Borana Education Support Programme. Each $10 donation includes a kit demonstration & an Ambassador of Women Health training from Pauline, the Borana Mobile Clinic nurse. The training will teach girls about their body development, menstrual cycle, menstrual hygiene & other reproductive health issues

North Luangwa Conservation Programme, Zambia

  • $25,000 from the Disney Conservation Fund, the second instalment of a 2-year grant of $50,000, went to NLCP for Lolesha Luangwa, the conservation education programme that targets 21 schools in the Game Management Areas surrounding the Park. This is part of a “hearts and minds” approach, which builds knowledge, empathy and responsibility for the Park’s black rhino population, and which is partly responsible for NLCP’s zero-poaching record. This grant will help cover Lolesha Luangwa’s running costs for the period July 2020 to June 2021
  • $20,000 from For Rangers’ restricted funds was used to help pay salaries for the community scouts working in the Game Management Areas surrounding North Luangwa National Park. Covid-19 has meant that all trophy hunting in the GMAs has ceased and, with it, all income for the community scouts. NLCP has taken on the task of funding the salaries throughout the pandemic, to ensure that the scouts are not driven to poaching through loss of income

Lowveld Rhino Trust, Zimbabwe

  • We paid £12 from our core funds to renew the Lowveld Rhino Trust’s website domain name renewal up until 1 April 2022

Association of Private and Community Land Rhino Sanctuaries

  • $900,000 from an anonymous donor went to the AgWild project: the formation of a conservation beef cooperative that uses specialised and dedicated leadership to coordinate collaboration to achieve the scale that leads to optimised land-use, enhanced and diverse revenue streams, economies of scale and subsequent financial sustainability. The cooperative comprises Ol Maisor Ranch, Sosian Ranch, Suyian, Loisaba Conservancy and Mugie Conservancy, five contiguous properties in Northern Laikipia, representing more than 200,000 acres of both critical wildlife habitat and food and revenue generation for the county of Laikipia

As always, our thanks to all the donors who made these grants possible.