What we do
History of our involvement
SRI began funding the rhino monitoring work in the Lowveld Conservancies in 2005. We have given grants from our core funds, as well as recruited additional donors. Our grants have helped towards purchasing a new vehicle for the vet, Chap Masterson; have helped pay the salaries of the rhino monitors; covered the cost of exchange visits for the rhino monitors to visit other countries; and we also make funds available for the community incentives scheme. In 2009 we ran the successful Crisis Zimbabwe appeal in conjunction with the International Rhino Foundation, which also supports LRT. SRI’s Director, Cathy Dean, has visited the Lowveld in 2006 and again in 2011 while on sabbatical.
LRT's annual budget is usually around 350,000 euros per year for normal rhino management operations, although additional funding is often needed for emergency operations. The LRT is also currently raising funds for a major new community outreach initiative.
The International Rhino Foundation is the chief funder of the LRT, with other support coming from the WWF, USFWS (via IRF), the Beit Trust, Save Foundation and other donors. LRT has also secured funding from the EU for a five-year programme, the “LOCAL Initiative” (Lowveld Conservation and Livelihoods). Dublin Zoo gives 5,000 euros a year to the LRT through Save the Rhino and Knowsley Safari Park also supports the LRT through Save the Rhino.