Flight of the Rhino Documentary

Flight of the Rhino is a BBC documentary detailing the current rhino poaching crisis destroying South Africa. It was aired in the UK February 2013 . You can read more about the documentary on BBC Natural World site, by clicking here

The documentary highlights the devastating impact of rhino poaching and the efforts taken by conservationists to save South Africa's rhino population. The film follows efforts to translocate rhinos from Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa to a secret location as part of the WWF South Africa Black Rhino Range Expansion Project (BRREP).

The BRREP aims to move rhinos to new areas to increase numbers and growth rate of the critically endangered black rhino. The project has helped relieve pressure on space inside Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, and has also created livelihoods for the communities that have received rhinos under the scheme.

Africa's black rhino population has declined by an estimated 97.6% since 1960 with numbers plummeting to a low of 2,410 in 1995, mainly as a result of poaching. However over the last two decades intensive conservation efforts such as the BRREP have increased the black rhino population to 4,880, unfortunately these rhinos are under the constant threat of increasing poaching.

Click here to visit the BBC Natural world Flight of the Rhino page

Click here to find out more about the WWF SA Black Rhino Range Expansion Project


Watch a clip from documentary by clicking here!

About the staff

The ranger staff in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi are incredibly important to ensure the future survival of the Park's black and white rhinos.

Their jobs are incredibly challenging, often working in difficult and remote conditions. These rangers are risking their lives everyday, with armed and dangerous poachers in the park posing a danger to both the ranger's and rhino's lives. Click here to find out how to donate to help support Hluhluwe-iMfolozi's dedicated staff.

Dirk Swart is one of five section rangers in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park and is Save the Rhino's main point of contact with the Park. Dirk has over 10 years of game ranger field experience. His experience has been
specifically in anti-poaching, law enforcement, black and white rhino protection, staff management, testifying in court and getting convictions, as well as carrying out general conservation duties e.g. culling, fire breaks and burns, deployment with army and combined operations with SAPS involving wildlife crime. Presently, at Hluhluwe, Dirk’s work includes, amongst many other things, black rhino monitoring and rhino protection within Hluhluwe, management of four field ranger camps, general law enforcement, problem animal management, fence maintenance and fire burning programs. In May 2010, Dirk successfully obtained his Private Pilot’s License.

Bom Ndwandwe is a Zulu and has been monitoring the black rhinos in the park for 27 years. He knows most of the black rhinos here, and identifies them using an ear notch pattern. But to do this he needs to get close enough to see their ears clearly, so he has devised a special trick to call them to him, which you will see fully in the film!

Jed Bird works for Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. He works with Bom and organises the rhino relocations in the park. He is part of the rhino capture team.