Last year, we trained 38 rhino monitors, reached more than 13,400 students in Zimbabwe, and helped stop six rhino poaching attempts in Namibia.
Increasing the protection and monitoring of rhinos is key to giving all five species a future. Much of our work centres on improving rhino protection and monitoring so that we can reduce the key threats facing rhinos: poaching and habitat loss.
36 black rhinos
were born thanks to the committed Lowveld Rhino Trust team in Zimbabwe
As recently as 1990, Zimbabwe’s Lowveld region held just 4% of the country’s black rhinos. Today, it holds 89%. The dedicated teams in the Lowveld have worked tirelessly to monitor their rhino population and sustain their anti-poaching efforts.
For other rhino species, with few remaining across a wide area, simply bringing them together can be a feat in itself. This is the case for the Sumatran rhino in Indonesia. Breeding the Sumatran rhino is a crucial task, with a whole population of below 80 individuals.
We’ve been working alongside the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary to provide a safe space for Sumatran rhinos to breed successfully. The Sanctuary is getting bigger so that more rhinos can live there and so far, we’ve been preparing for this expansion, finalising designs with authorities, reconstructing roads, building new facilities and adding extra enclosures.
"The Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary is a lifeline for the species' future. It is thanks to the commitment and knowledge of everyone in the team that any successful breeding has been possible to date. This expansion is a crucial step to give Sumatran rhinos the helping hand they need to build their numbers to more sustainable levels."
We’ve been building knowledge and making connections to give rangers more skills and expertise. By championing projects that bring people together, we’re increasing the impact of teams in the field.
together to create a network of canine specialists
Sharing is crucial if we are to stop poaching and the illegal trade in rhino horn. The proven effectiveness of detection and tracking dogs to combat rhino poaching has led to an increase in many dog units across Africa.
We recently brought together people from 12 countries to discuss how these canine squads can help rhino conservation and to learn best practice about keeping these members of the team safe and healthy. Today, these rangers can share information and better understand the most effective way dogs can be used across many aspects of rhino conservation.
"All the ideas gained from the workshop will go a long way in helping us better handle our canine unit as they serve as an extremely valuable asset to our security teams that further support our capacity to secure our landscape."
We’re inspiring the next generation of rhino conservationists by bringing every part of the local community in and creating new initiatives.
children in 22 schools to love rhinos
Patrolling and anti-poaching measures are not the only way to save rhinos. By engaging with the people that live nearby rhino programmes, we can raise ambitions of the next generation so that they become rhino protectors within their communities.
Working alongside our partners in Zambia, 445 lessons were delivered to 22 schools, reaching more than 5,000 people in local communities to spread the message that rhinos are important for their lives.
But learning does not only take place in the classroom, and that’s why we support the award-winning Lolesha Luangwa programme, bringing students out into the Park to truly see how special their local environment is.
"Kids absorb messages easily and then pass this learning onto other children, and adults. The feedback that we get is that this is definitely happening. This isn’t just face-based stuff, it’s emotive too. The children are telling people that rhinos are beautiful, that black rhinos are incredible, that black rhinos need saving and that you shouldn’t poach because it’s bad for the ecosystem."
To really stop the poaching and the illegal trade, we must also look at why people want rhino horn in the first place. We’re tackling consumer demand so that the incentive for poachers and traffickers is reduced.
In the key consumer and trafficking countries for rhino horn, high demand and low enforcement of wildlife crime drives the illegal trade and poaching of rhinos.
on TV channels across Viet Nam, reaching audiences far and wide to reduce demand for rhino horn
Thanks to your donations, we’ve been supporting the work of a Vietnamese organisation, Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV), to employ creative and innovative strategies to reduce consumer demand for rhino horn in the country. ENV’s initiatives are helping to influence attitudes and mobilise Vietnamese citizens to take action and protect rhinos.
"In order to secure a future for all rhinos, we need to win the hearts and minds of the people who are currently buying rhino horn – who are consequently driving the illegal wildlife trade – to persuade them not to buy rhino horn."
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