Recent grants

A huge thank you to all of our supporters and donors for making all of these grants possible. Please find below a list of grants from the last 12 months; further details can be found in our Audited Accounts on the Charity Commission's website and Annual Review.

September 2017

Thanks to our amazing donors and supporters, and especially the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Rhino and Tiger Conservation Fund, we were able to give out more than half a million pounds in September: a total of £511,838. This was made up as follows:

We sent a total of £73,931 to 51 Degree Ltd for its anti-poaching work in Kenya that benefits a wide range of conservancies. $85,835 of this came from USFWS and £2,979 from long-term partner Chester Zoo, while the remaining $8,583 was from our own core funds.

We awarded £11,932 to the Association of Private Land Rhino Sanctuaries for the role of Administrator, Lincoln Njeru, thanks to grants of $8,054 from USFWS, £3,021 from Chester Zoo and $3,793 from our core funds. Lincoln works alongside the Kenyan national rhino programme coordinator in the Kenya Wildlife Service’s HQ, and plays a valuable part in ensuring that the private and public sector work together effectively on implementing the country’s black rhino strategy.

Big Life Foundation in Kenya received a total of £47,274 for its work monitoring and protecting the small but important population of black rhinos in the Chyulu Hills, based partly in the National Park and partly on community land. Our thanks to USFWS for its grant of $45,090, to misc. donors who gave $735 via our sister non-profit, SRI Inc, and to the Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust for its latest grant of £10,000, to which we added $4,509 from our own core funds.

We sent £37,013 to Borana Conservancy in Kenya, which co-manages a large population of black rhino together with neighbouring Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, for ranger training during 2017. Our thanks to USFWS for its grant of $44,100 and to misc. donors who gave $735 via our sister non-profit, SRI Inc., to which we added $4,411 from our core funds.

We were very happy to be able to send a grand total of £69,676 to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa, which has been hit hard by poaching this year as criminal gangs have sought out targets perceived as “softer” than Kruger National Park. Our thanks to USFWS for its grant of $84,269, to misc. donors of $30 via our sister non-profit, SRI Inc.; we also sent $8,427 from our core funds.

Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary in Tanzania received £57,591, thanks to a grant of $72,432 from USFWS and another $4,211 from our own core funds. These grants will help pay for a new water tanker to refill the artificial water pans in the Sanctuary, as well as help cover ongoing running costs.

We sent £61,016 to Ol Jogi in Kenya, which is home to both black and white rhino populations. The $71,200 from USFWS and $10,000 from our core funds will pay for a new Landcruiser to aid deployment of Ol Jogi’s anti-poaching unit, and help cover the cost of annual ranger refresher training.

We sent £5,074 to Kirsty Brebner, part-time regional canine coordinator. Kirsty has been liaising with canine units throughout subSaharan Africa and will be organising a dedicated workshop in March 2018 in Johannesburg.

Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia, one of the programmes we have supported since our formation in 1994, received a total of £75,042, thanks to a grant of $90,795 from USFWS and $9,080 from our core funds. These grants will help cover tracker salaries, rations and vehicle running costs.

We sent £17,200 to TRAFFIC in Viet Nam; the last installment of £17,120 from the Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund that had supported a three-year phase of TRAFFIC’s Chi campaign, which aims to change rhino horn consumer behaviour. An article on the Chi campaign by Save the Rhino’s Managing Director, Susie Offord, has been published in the latest edition of Pachyderm.

Finally, we sent a total of £56,078 to uMkhuze Game Reserve in South Africa, which, like nearby Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, has white and black rhinos and has been subject to a series of poaching attempts. USFWS gave $56,403 and we allocated a further $9,231 from our core funds.

As ever, huge thanks to our fantastic donors, supporters and conservation partners for enabling us to make these grants.

August 2017

We sent out a total of £22,457, split out as follows:

10,000 euros from Zoo-Berlin and Tierpark Berlin for Education for Nature-Vietnam, for its demand reduction work to counter the illegal trade in rhino horn. 

A total of £3,920 for Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa. ZAR 2,865 from our core funds was used to cover the travel costs of two field staff going to meet staffers from the US House of Representatives in Joburg in August, to discuss US government support for HiP and uMkhuze. £954 (comprising £545 from Hamilton Zoo in New Zealand and other misc. donations) + 851 euros from Zoo Schwerin will be used to help refurbish the canine unit’s equipment, while £2,000 from the Zoological Society of East Anglia-Africa Alive! will be used for the purchase of kit and equipment for Park rangers.

$10,000 donated by SUKULU + £154 from our core funds was sent to the Lowveld Rhino Trust for its rhino monitoring work in the Lowveld Conservancies of Bubye and Save Valley.

And £1,541 was sent to Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia, to help cover its annual operating costs during the period November 2016-October 2017.

July 2017

We awarded a total of £97,862, broken down as follows:

$5,000 from our sister non-profit, Save the Rhino International Inc., went to 51 Degrees Ltd for its work on intelligence gathering and analysis, in the effort to reduce poaching and the trafficking of ivory, rhino horns etc.

£5,000 from our core funds was sent to the Association of Private Land Rhino Sanctuaries in Kenya, for its Emergency Fund for black rhinos, to help cover the cost of veterinary interventions needed furing the period April 2016-March 2017.

A total of £59,436 for the North Luangwa Conservation Programme in Zambia, again thanks to the Wildcat Foundation. $20,382 paid for a fourth round of ranger training by ESPA; $43,675 for expenditure on the construction of an armoury, and procurement of law enforcement equipment and the new Cessna; and the remaining $13,211 for Cessna running costs.

Long-term supporter Ales Weiner donated a wonderful £9,408, which he agreed we cut put towards the costs of importing new digital radios for Ol Jogi Conservancy in Kenya.

A total of £12,616 for Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia, thanks to grants of $5,000 from our sister non-profit, Save the Rhino International Inc., and $11,392 from the American Association of Zoo Keepers Inc. for vehicle maintenance and running costs for SRT’s Proactive Patrol Section’s Land Cruiser.

A total of £7,539 went to uMkhuze Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, thanks to a series of grants from different donors: 2,000 euros from Rhino’s energy; 5,000 euros from Stichting Vrienden in Beekse Bergen; and 1,500 euros from Zoom Torino. These will support the purchase of jumpsuits and boots for uMkhuze’s rangers and help cover vehicle running costs for ranger deployments.

June 2017

We sent out a grand total of £281,369, broken down as follows:

$10,804 from USFWS towards the conference package, board and lodging for participants in a course on managing informants, being held at Lion’s Court in Nanyuki, Kenya in October 2017. The host organisation is the Association of Private Land Rhino Sanctuaries, which works closely together with the Kenya Wildlife Service to implement Kenya’s national black rhino conservation strategy.

$52,000 from the ForRangers initiative for the Laikipia Wildlife Forum in Kenya, which is managing the training and equipping of National Police Reservists throughout Laikipia County.

$24,000 for 51 Degrees Ltd, thanks to a grant from the Anna Merz Rhino Trust, for its work on intelligence gathering and analysis, in the effort to reduce poaching and the trafficking of ivory, rhino horns etc.

$760 from the ForRangers initiative went to Borana Conservancy and $2,470 to the Northern Rangelands Trust in Kenya, to cover the cost of helicopter medevac after rangers were caught in an ambush, after their help was requested by the local community to retrieve stolen livestock.

$10,000 for the Lowveld Rhino Trust in Zimbabwe, thanks to a grant from the International Rhino Foundation, for its rhino monitoring programme in the Lowveld Conservancies; together with another £987 for work on the delayed Darwin Initiative project entitled “Harmonising land use in Save Valley Conservancy” and £400 for rhino monitoring data entry from our core funds.

$22,471 from USFWS went to the Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary in Tanzania for its wonderful environmental education programme, Rafiki wa Faru, which targets 13-14 year-old schoolchildren based in the 14 villages nearest to the Park.

A total of £181,462 went to the North Luangwa Conservation Programme in Zambia. $139,366 from the Wildcat Foundation was used to pay for Village Game Scout salaries, Rhino and Elephant Protection Unit in-service training; North Luangwa in-service training; performance awards, incentives and motivation packages for the Park’s rangers; and law enforcement equipment. $24,460 from USFWS will help cover the costs of Lolesha Luangwa, the fantastic environmental education programme that targets 22 schools in the Game Management Areas surrounding the Park. £7,283 was raised by Ed Sayer, NLCP’s Project Leader, through him running the 2017 Virgin London Marathon, and will be used to complete the provision of a water tank, stand and pump at Mano village. Another $20,382 from the Wildcat Foundation paid for a further round of ranger training by ESPA, and Wildcat Foundation funding of $38,586 was used to buy a Toyota Landcruiser for NLCP.

Finally, £1,950 received from misc. donations was sent to Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia, to pay for uniforms for Ministry of Environment and Tourism staff who accompany SRT on patrol in the Kunene Region: 12 x trousers, 12 x shirts, 9 x shoes and boots, 6 x jackets and 24 x pairs socks.

Our thanks to all the donors who made this grants possible.

May 2017

We sent out a total of £135,001 as follows:

£2,725 went to a project hosted by the Association of Private Land Rhino Sanctuaries in Kenya, to pay for flights for four Zambian rangers who will be attending a course on managing informants, being held in Nanyuki, Kenya in October 2017. Kenyans, Zambians, Ugandans and a Rwandan will participate, and we hope that this will foster long-term international cooperation. The cost of the training course is being funded by USFWS, with an additional contribution from our core funds.

£2,645 for Big Life Foundation in Kenya, to help cover ranger wages and incentives, thanks to a grant of £2,500 from the Treasure Charitable Trust and misc. donations. Big Life monitors and protects a small but important population of black rhinos in the Chyulu Hills.

£11,629 for Borana Conservancy in Kenya, made up of a grant of $15,000 from ForRangers for the purchase of new ranger uniforms, as well as other misc. items.

£4,377 for Education for Nature-Vietnam, for its campaigning work to reduce the demand for illegal rhino horn in Viet Nam, thanks to grants of 4,000 euros from Zoo de la Barben and other misc. donations spurred by Paul Blackthorne’s campaign.

$30,600 for the Lowveld Rhino Trust in Zimbabwe (of which $30,000 was from the International Rhino Foundation and the rest from our core funds) for its rhino monitoring programme in the Lowveld conservancies of Bubye and Save Valley.

A total of £25,151 for the North Luangwa Conservation Programme in Zambia. This included another payment of $20,382 from the Wildcat Foundation for ranger training by ESPA; £7,800 from the ForRangers initiative for the provision of a water tank, stand and pump at Mano village, to provide clean fresh water for 20 rangers' families (c. 120 people); and £825 from Chester Zoo and the International Rhino Keepers Association (IRKA) and £738 from Rhudy Holly towards the cost of sending Claire Lewis, Technical Advisor at NLCP, to the IRKA’s Rhino Keeper Workshop in August 2017 in Denver, Colorado. 

$40,000 to Ol Jogi Conservancy in Kenya, thanks to the ForRangers initiative. This was used to cover the cost of training National Police Reservists throughout Laikipia County.

$15,000 for the ForRangers initiative went to Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, to buy new sets of uniforms for rangers.

And £22,066 for Save the Rhino Trust, which works in the Kunene and Erongo Regions of Namibia, thanks to grants of $25,000 from the Glen & Bobbie Ceiley Foundation ($3,846 for the North West Security Workshops; $6,154 for rations; and $15,000 for Landcruiser running costs, and £2,688.50 from Niki Barbery Bleyleben for the ongoing costs of SRT’s rhino monitoring work.

April 2017

We sent out a total of £57,725, which broke down as follows:

£8,424 for Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa, home to important populations of black and white rhino. This included a grant of £6,294 from Colchester Zoo’s Action for the Wild for hydration packs and First Aid training for the Park’s rangers, and 2,500 euros from Parc de Lunaret - Zoo de Montpellier to be put towards the cost of a FLIR (thermal-imaging camera) + Gimble for night-time patrols.

£22,600 for the North Luangwa Conservation Programme in Zambia, which comprised a grant of $20,382 from the Wildcat Foundation + $915 from our core funds for the first of five phases of ranger training, delivered by the Endangered Species Protection Agency, and another $7,227 from the Wildcat Foundation for costs associated with the import of a new Cessna and operating costs during the period January-March 2017.

£21,184 for Ol Jogi Conservancy in Kenya. Zoo-Berlin and Tierpark Berlin donated 5,000 euros each for ranger training delivered by 51 Degrees Ltd; and Yorkshire Wildlife Park donated a total of £14,388, of which £5,000 went towards covering the import duty on Ol Jogi’s new digital radios that will greatly increase the security capability, and £9,388 for constructing additional bomas in which to care for and hand-rear orphaned, injured or blind rhinos.

We sent £1,000 to the Rhino Resource Center, for its excellent work in making available to the world lots of online publications about rhino conservation, taxonomy, anatomy etc. Visit http://www.rhinoresourcecenter.com/ to search the extensive reference base, 

And finally we sent £4,512 donated by Vanessa Buxton to Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia, to help cover rations, salaries and vehicle running costs for its patrol teams that must cover some 25,000 sq kms.

March 2017 

In March, we sent out another £95,363 worth of grants, taking our total for the year to a wonderful £1,702,204, which broke down as follows:

$1,175 from Save the Elephants for Pachyderm magazine, issue 58.

£198 raised by Team Travis, who walked across the Two Moors (Dartmoor and Exmoor) for the Dambari Wildlife Trust in Zimbabwe.

We sent a grand total of £10,673 to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa to pay for the purchase of two quadbikes, which was made up of a range of grants and donations: the remaining $462 from a grant of $35,957 from USFWS RTCF; £795 received in misc. donations via SRI Inc.;  £3,841 from Zoologicka Garden and Chateau Zlin-Lesna; $2,821 from Just Wheels And Tires TSW Black Rhino Wheels; £153.62 from Boras Djurpark;  £1,005 received in misc. donations; 1,000 euros from Zoo Boissiere; and 1,512 euros from Knuthenborg Safaripark.

2,000 euros for Indian Rhino Vision 2020, thanks to a grant from Rotterdam Zoo.

£1,873 to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, to help cover the cost of its canine unit, thanks to continued donations to our 2015 appeal in aid of the Rhino Dog Squad (with particular thanks to Real Africa.

A total of £27,562 for the North Luangwa Conservation Programme in Zambia, made up of: £326 in misc. donations and £24,482 from Peter Lawrence, which will be used to help cover the cost of rhino translocations later this year; and $3,381 from the Wildcat Foundation via SRI Inc., to pay 4th and final installment of Cessna purchase costs.

A total of £2,790 to Ol Jogi in Kenya, thanks to: donors’ (particularly Real Africa) continued support for our 2015 appeal in aid of the Rhino Dog Squad; and 1,030 euros received from Tallinn Zoo and Foundation Lutreola for the expansion of Ol Jogi’s rhino bomas.

£1,873 to Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, to help cover the cost of its canine unit, thanks to continued donations to our 2015 appeal in aid of the Rhino Dog Squad (with particular thanks to Real Africa.

A total of £17,503 to Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia, thanks to: £6,308 in misc. donations (including those prompted by J Anthony West in lieu of 60th birthday presents); 5,000 euros from Zoo Krefeld; 350 euros from Zoo Bassin d'Arcachon; £1,174 raised by Henry Stratford and Jessica Cairns for SRT via justgiving.com in lieu of wedding presents; and £5,015 raised by the staff and visitors of West Midland Safari Park.

A total of £5,566 to uMkhuze Game Reserve in South Africa, thanks to a grant of £4,100 from Woburn Safari Park; £148 in misc. donations and 1,500 euros from Fundacion Parques Reunidos in Madrid. These funds will be put towards a helicopter white-box comms set up or a water-pump plus generator.

Finally, we sent $24,880 to African Parks, to pay for 2 sets of uniform and 1 bush hat for each of 120 rangers working in Liwonde National Park, Majete Wildlife Reserve and Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, Malawi; and £4,000 to Bioken Snake Farm / the James Ashe Antivenom Trust in Kenya, to pay for anti-venom supplies for Kenyan conservancies. Both grants were made possible by the For Rangers initiative.

February 2017

In February, we sent out a grand total of £125,776 in grants, which broke down as follows:

$11,960 from the Anna Merz Rhino Trust for Pachyderm magazine, issue 58

$10,000 for the core secretariat work of the IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group, during the period January-June 2017, of which $7,500 came from USFWS RTCF and $2,500 from Save the Rhino International Inc.’s donors

$14,000 and £1,296 towards the costs of a course entitled “Informant- and crime-management training course for rhino program field managers and investigators in Kenya, Uganda and Zambia”, to be held in Nanyuki, Kenya, in October 2017.

$25,847 for Borana Conservancy from the Anna Merz Rhino Trust, for the construction of 1 x accommodation & ablution block for Borana’s ranger forc.

$10,000 for Borana Conservancy’s Education Support Programme, thanks to a grant for the For Rangers initiative. This will be used to cover the education costs of the children of one of Borana’s rangers, who was killed in a motorbike accident in 2016.

A total of £15,350 for the Javan Rhino Conservation and Study Area in Ujung Kulon National Park in Indonesia, thanks to a grant of £15,000 from Paignton Zoo via its Great Big Rhinos initiative, and £350 received from misc. donors. The funds will be used to help clear arenga palm, an invasive species that has reduced the amount of available plant food for the Javan rhinos.

We sent £412 from core funds and misc. donations to pay for rhino monitoring data entry during the period Dec-16 to Feb-17 inclusive and for the LRT website’s annual domain name registration

£4,562 to the Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary in Tanzania for replacement of the Sanctuary fence, made up of $2,406 from the Lubin Family Foundation, $3,166 from USFWS RTCF and $124 from our core funds.

£2,172 for Rafiki wa Faru, the black-rhino-focused environmental education programme run by Mkomazi, thanks to a donation of £2,000 from longstanding supporter Ales Weiner and other small donations received via our website.

$11,752 for Ol Jogi in Kenya, to construct expanded rhino bomas, thanks to a grant from the Anna Merz Rhino Trust. These bomas are used for any orphaned calves or injured rhinos requiring hand-rearing or veterinary treatment.

$6,754 from the Anna Merz Rhino Trust, being the first installment of funding for the new post of Regional Canine Coordinator, held by Kirsty Brebner. Kirsty will liaise between rhino programmes using tracker and detection dogs on best husbandry, training etc. in order to share lessons learned.

$17,800 from the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region's Drilling for Hope Fund, for borehole construction at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Uganda. We also sent £188-worth of baseball caps and badges etc. for Ziwa’s rangers.

£15,100 for the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia, thanks to a grant of £15,000 from Paignton Zoo via its Great Big Rhinos initiative, and £100 received from misc. donors. The funds will be used to expand the Sanctuary so that it has room for up to 10 rhinos in an intensive management situation, to optimise breeding chances.

January 2017

In January 2017 we gave out one grant of $10,000 with thanks to the International Rhino Foundation, to the Lowveld Rhino Trust to help pay for rewards for information leading to the arrest of poachers.

December 2016

We gave out a total of £20,807, which broke down as follows:

£1,913 for Big Life Foundation in Kenya for its rhino monitoring and protection work, raised via the auction of a lot at our Mystery dinner in November.

£1,498 for Borana Conservancy in  Kenya, raised by another auction lot sold at our Mystery dinner.

£1,824 from core funds was paid to the Lowveld Rhino Trust for work on the Darwin Initiative project, “Harmonizing land use in Save Valley Conservancy, south-eastern Zimbabwe”.

£317 for expenses incurred during the delivery of a training course for members of Namibia’s Protected Resource Division on how to manage informants.

We sent £5,000 to Rhino Fund Uganda, thanks to the successful auction of a volunteering experience at our Mystery dinner.

4,000 euros to the Rhino Protection Unit in Indonesia, thanks to a grant from new zoo partner Fondation Le Pal Nature in France.

A total of 6,000 euros to the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia, to help cover the costs of building new stalls and facilities at the sanctuary, as part of the captive breeding programme, thanks to a repeat grant of 5,000 euros from Wilhelma Zoo-Stuttgart and 1,000 euros from Fondation Le Pal Nature.

And finally £1,805 was awarded to The Long Run, raised from the sale of two auction lots at our Mystery dinner in November.

November 2016

We gave out a total of £69,974, made up of grants as follows:

£24,767 for the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia, for its annual rhino management operations and for the Etosha block count. Our thanks to US Fish & Wildlife Service (£19,825), our sister organization Save the Rhino International Inc. (£3,071) and the donors who made a grant of £1,871 possible from our core funds.

$25,200 went to the North Luangwa Conservation Programme in Zambia for its Lolesha Luangwa conservation education programme. This was made up of two grants from the Disney Conservation Fund: $23,700 for ongoing running costs of Lolesha Luangwa, and $1,500 as a Disney Conservation Hero award for Sylvester Kampamba: $1,000 was given to Sylvester and $500 to Michael, his assistant.

We sent £685 to Rhino Fund Uganda, thanks to the successful auction of a volunteering experience at a dinner hosted by Andrew Rosindell MP.

£5,000 for the Rhino Protection Unit programme in Indonesia, which monitors Sumatran rhinos in Bukit Barisan Selatan and Way Kambas National Parks, thanks to a donation by supporter Ales Weiner.

£303 to Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia from core funds, to pay for the subsistence and travel expenses of Dr Rob Brett, who SRT engaged to carry out a strategic review of its programme.

£14,053 for the expansion of the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia, to hold the growing population of rhinos there, following the births of two calves. We are very grateful to Chester Zoo (£9,043) and Ales Weiner (£5,000) for their donations.

Finally, we sent £5,000 to TRAFFIC in Viet Nam for its behaviour-change campaigns to reduce the demand for illegal rhino horn, thanks to a grant from Simon Gibson Charitable Trust.

October 2016

We gave out a total of £105,277, made up of grants as follows:

£25,703 for the core activities of the IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group. Our thanks to all the donors who made this grant possible: $3,322 from our sister organisation, Save the Rhino International Inc., $15,000 from US Fish & Wildlife Service, £429 from miscellaneous donations and 7,204 euros from Dierenpark Amersfoort and the Dutch Beasts.

£12,005 to build intelligence capacity in Kenya to tackle the illegal wildlife trade, thanks to a grant from Chester Zoo.

£64,076 for Ol Jogi in Kenya, to pay for the installation of a new digital radio system in the conservancy, thanks to a grant of $75,988 from US Fish & Wildlife Service and £2,607 from our own core funds. Kinetic Six is handling the installation and is very kindly providing extra technical support.

And £3,492 for the work of Stoprhinopoaching.com in South Africa, thanks to a bequest from the Estate of the late Gerald Anthony Gaunt.

September 2016

We gave out a total of £112,312, made up of grants as follows:

£10,762 to Big Game Parks in Swaziland, thanks to Sporting Rifle, which held an auction for its readers. This is being used to pay for training aids and equipment for the next round of ranger training, including vehicle checkpoint equipment and house / building entry and search equipment, and for ranger outpost (picket) upgrades.

£28,310 went to Borana Conservancy in Kenya to help cover annual running costs for its rhino monitors and anti-poaching teams. Of this, $20,000 came from the Charles Engelhard Foundation, £10,657 from Sporting Rifle’s readers, £500 from the Kiboko Trust and £1,942 from miscellaneous donations.

10,000 euros went to Education for Nature-Vietnam for its work to reduce the demand for illegal rhino horn, thanks to grants from our new zoo partners Zoo-Berlin and Tierpark Berlin.

We awarded £5,493 to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa, thanks to grants from Hamilton Zoo in New Zealand (£468), ZS East Anglia Africa Alive (£2,000), 1,500 euros from Zoo Salzburg, and £1,734 thanks to miscellaneous donations and one of our RideLondon-100 cyclists. Our grants for HiP are used to cover repairs to ranger accommodation and ablution blocks and to buy essential items of law enforcement and camping equipment for the rangers and anti-poaching units.

£7,761 to the Lowveld Rhino Trust in Zimbabwe, thanks mainly due to a grant of $10,000 from the International Rhino Foundation for informer payments.

£20,437 for the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia, for its annual rhino management operations, thanks to a grant from the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s Rhino and Tiger Conservation Fund.

$21,700 from the Wildcat Foundation went to the North Luangwa Conservation Programme in Zambia for patrol equipment for the Park’s rangers.

8,000 euros for Ol Jogi in Kenya, thanks to grants of 4,000 each from Zoo-Berlin and Tierpark Berlin. This will help pay for annual refresher ranger training, delivered by 51 Degrees Ltd.

£4,420 for the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia, in response to our “It’s a baby!” appeal to mark the birth of female calf Delila. Special thanks to supporter Horst Lubnow for his gift of £1,200.

£3,465 for Welgevonden Game Reserve in South Africa, thanks to the fundraising efforts of Brad Schroder and Greg Canning, who tackled the 2016 Comrades Marathon and the Great Wall of China Marathon.

August 2016

We sent out a total of £206,488 in August, which broke down as follows:

$2,550 for the production of Pachyderm, the Journal of the African and Asian Rhino and Elephant Specialist Groups, thanks to a grant from the WWF-Kenya / WWF-Eastern Africa Programme Office.

$104,012 from US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Rhino and Tiger Conservation Fund and $5,000 from our own core funds to the Association of Private Land Rhino Sanctuaries, to build intelligence capacity in Kenya, and 2,106 euros from OAMC for the APLRS’s Emergency Fund for black rhinos, which reimburses conservancies for 50% of the veterinary / husbandry costs incurred through treated injured black rhinos (whether through poaching attempts or intra-species fighting).

$25,847 for Borana Conservancy in Kenya, to build new ranger accommodation & ablution block at November Golf, thanks to a supplementary grant by US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Rhino and Tiger Conservation Fund.

$21,884 for Education for Nature Vietnam’s behaviour change campaigns aimed at reducing the demand for rhino horn in Viet Nam, raised by Paul Blackthorne’s #SavetheRhinoVietnam campaign earlier this year, through the sale of special T-shirts. Thanks to Paul and to all our happy shoppers!

$35,495 for Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa, which has important populations of white and black rhinos, to purchase a new vehicle for the Park, thanks to a supplementary grant by US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Rhino and Tiger Conservation Fund.

£903 from a donation made by Ales Weiner was spent on various items for the North Luangwa Conservation Project in Zambia: on cameras, SD cards, GoPros and a mount, together with magnetic sheets for the Lolesha Luangwa Education Centre.

£49,803 to TRAFFIC-Vietnam, for final stages of the current phase of the Chi Campaign funded by the UK government’s Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund (this grant £39,803) as well as rhino’s energy and our own core funds.

A total of 6,000 euros for uMkhuze Game Reserve in South Africa, thanks to grants of 5,000 euros from Stichting Wildlife and 1,000 euros from rhino’s energy. These grants will be put towards the upgrading of ranger accommodation and equipment purchases.

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

July 2016

We gave out a total of £394,635, made up of grants as follows:

£4,843 for Pachyderm, the journal of the African and Asian Rhino Specialist Groups and African Elephant Specialist Group. This includes $1,319 from Save the Elephants, £2,070 from the Aspinall Foundation, $1,000 from the International Rhino Foundation and £1,000 from our own core funds.

£9,605 for the Association of Private Land Rhino Sanctuaries in Kenya, for its black rhino Emergency Fund, which is used to reimburse conservancy members for 50% of the costs incurred in treating injured rhinos, whether via poaching or intra-species fighting, and hand-rearing orphaned animals. Our thanks to the Swire Charitable Trust (£3,000), the Marjorie Coote Animal Charity Trust (£1,000) and the Robert Cave Memorial Fund (£5,000).

£10,535 for Big Life Foundation, which monitors and protects the black rhino population in the Chyulu Hills in Kenya. £10,000 from the Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust helped cover the costs of ranger wages and incentives; our thanks also to the Kiboko Trust (£500) and other donors.

£1,000 went to the Dambari Wildlife Trust in Zimbabwe, raised by the auctioning of a volunteering experience at an event held by Secret Me to benefit Save the Rhino.

£16,184 was awarded to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa, thanks to the generosity of Just Wheels And Tires TSW Black Rhino Wheels. The funds were used to buy 112 tactical torches for the Park’s rangers, 2 x canvas canopies for Landcruisers, 2 x chainsaws. 34 x sleeping bags (iMfolozi), 40 x olive green overalls (Hluhluwe) and 18 x rehydration bladders.

£55,294 for the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia paid for helicopter block count to be done in Etosha National Park, to establish up-to-date population sizes for the Park’s black and white rhinos. Our very grateful thanks to the US Fish and Wildlife Service for this award.

£263,799 went to the North Luangwa Conservation Programme in Zambia, to pay for the purchase costs of a new fixed-wing plane for aerial patrols in North Luangwa National Park and for patrol equipment for the Park’s law enforcement and anti-poaching teams. Our extremely grateful thanks to the Wildcat Foundation for making these grants possible.

£33,375 was sent to uMkhuze Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, thanks to grants from our core funds (£2,068), miscellaneous donations (£348), Stichting Wildlife (£1,812), rhino’s energy (1,000 euros), Zoo Madrid and Parques Reunidos Foundation (1,500 euros) and finally $35,565 from USFWS. This grant will help pay for solar power, water provision and equipment for the Reserve’s rangers.

June 2016

We were able to give out a total of £245,481 in programme grants in June, which broke down as follows:

2,500 euros from Parc de Lunaret – Zoo de Montpellier for kit and equipment for the rangers and anti-poaching units working in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa

£678 from our core funds to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia, to pay for the flights of two training course instructors from South Africa to Namibia, to help strengthen anti-poaching efforts.

$19,742 from US Fish and Wildlife Service RTCF to go to the Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary in Tanzania, to help cover the costs of Rafiki wa Faru, Mkomazi’s black rhino-focused environmental education programme, during the period July 2016-June 2017. Rafiki wa Faru has been running for eight or so years now, and has gained great support from the schools and communities surrounding Mkomazi National Park.

$50,000 from the Wildcat Foundation for the North Luangwa Conservation Programme in Zambia, to pay the first instalment for the purchase of a Cessna 206 for monitoring and law enforcement in North Luangwa National Park. We also sent $22,780 from USFWS RTCF for NLCP’s environmental education programme, Lolesha Luangwa,  to help cover its ongoing operating costs during the period July 2016-June 2017. Lolesha Luangwa is playing a significant role in terms of winning the hearts and minds of local communities concerning NLCP’s rhino conservation efforts.

$94,814 from USFWS RTCF for Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia, to help cover vehicle running costs, senior staff salaries and tracker training costs. With an area some 25,000 km sq to patrol in north-western Namibia, vehicle costs are extremely high. We also used £884 of our own core funds to cover the international travel costs of Dr Rob Brett, of Fauna and Flora International, who was commissioned to carry out a strategic review of Save the Rhino Trust’s role and operations.

And finally, we sent £110,000 to The Long Run, for its work at Segera Ranch in Kenya and elsewhere, thanks to a donation by the Parker-Fray family. The Long Run is a flagship initiative of the Zeitz Foundation, dedicated to achieving sustainability through the balance of the 4Cs: conservation, community, culture and commerce.

As always, our thanks to all the donors, including those who wish to remain anonymous, who enabled all these grants to be made.

May 2016

We gave out a very pleasing total of £241,930, which broke down as follows:

£3,435 from funds raised by the Association of Private Land Rhino Sanctuaries’ “Running for Rangers” initiative, for the families of the African Parks rangers killed in action in Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

$50,000 for Big Life Foundation in Kenya, thanks to a grant from USFWS for ongoing costs (ranger wages and rations, informer incentives, vehicle fuel and maintenance, communications, prosecution costs, and maintenance / construction of patrol roads) during the period April 2016 to March 2017.

£8,542 for Education for Nature-Vietnam, for staff costs, the continuing efforts to reduce demand for rhino horn, and for improved law enforcement regarding rhino horn trafficking and seizures in Viet Nam. Our thanks to Zoo de la Barben for its grant of 3,000 euros towards this work; the remainder came from our core funds.

£40,452 for Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa, thanks to a grant of £5,448.23 from Colchester Zoo’s “Action for the Wild” for equipment for the canine units, solar system gear at rangers' camps and ration packs for rangers, another grant of $49,993 from USFWS for roof repairs, solar panel installation, water tanks and stands etc. at ranger camps, and to miscellaneous donations received via our website.

£285 for the work of the Laikipia Wildlife Forum in Kenya.

£20,035 for Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, raised via our 2015 Rhino Dog Squad appeal and all of its very generous donors, to support the costs of Lewa’s canine unit, which also covers neighbouring Borana Conservancy.

£29,696 for the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia, thanks to grants from USFWS and from our own core funds, to pay for annual rhino management operations across Namibia’s rhino areas.

£46,956 to the Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary in Tanzania, for a complete upgrade of the Sanctuary fence, thanks to grants of $68,708 from USFWS Rhino and Tiger Conservation Fund and $5,000 from the Lubin Family Foundation.

£25,523 to the North Luangwa Conservation Programme in Zambia, to purchase a Toyota Landcruiser vehicle, including maintenance pack, freight (from Gibraltar) and insurance, thanks to a donation from Peter Lawrence, from his aunt Betty Liebert’s legacy.

£20,035 for Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, raised via our 2015 Rhino Dog Squad appeal and all of its very generous donors, to support the costs of Ol Pejeta’s canine unit.

£1,203 for the Rhino Protection Unit programme in Indonesia, including a £1,000 donation from Mr K Richardson.

£2,560 for Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia, in order to pay the costs of a field trip for Traditional Authorities (community leaders, chiefs etc) to expose them to the horrors of rhino poaching support, and to gain their support for anti-poaching in the Kunene Region.

£8,606 for the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia, where Ratu was expecting her second calf (born safely in May). This included a very welcome repeat grant of 5,000 euros from Wilhelma Zoo in Stuttgart, and £500 from Vijay Rajan, as well as other miscellaneous donations and £3,185 from our own core funds.

And £200 for Wildlands Conservation Trust in South Africa, from a restricted donation for the Pierre Neethling Bursary Fund

Our thanks to all our wonderful donors for their support for rhino conservation activities.

April 2016

We sent out £75,904, which broke down as follows:

$52,494 from a grant from USFWS RTCF for Borana Conservancy, to pay for the construction of new accommodation and ablution blocks for Borana’s hardworking rangers. Keeping motivation and morale high is key to preventing disaffection and insider involvement in poaching.

£67 for the Dambari Wildlife Trust in Zimbabwe, thanks to misc. donations received via our website.

£10,484 for Indian Rhino Vision 2020 in Assam, thanks to grant of 2,500 euros from IDEXX, £500 from the Assam Rhinos Cricket Club, £911 from West Midlands Safari Park, £6,815 from core funds and the remainder from misc. donations received, for rhino conservation efforts in Manas National Park and Laokhowa-Burachapori Wildlife Sanctuary.

£6,054 for the Javan Rhino Study and Conservation Area in Indonesia, including £5,000 from our core funds.

£20,035 for Ol Jogi in Kenya, raised via our 2015 Rhino Dog Squad appeal and all of its very generous donors, to support the costs of Ol Jogi’s canine unit.

£1,000 for the Rhino Resource Centre, whose website hosts thousands of research papers about rhino-related topics.

And £1,547 for the Environmental Investigation Agency, with whom we partner on the annual Douglas Adams Memorial Lectures.

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

March 2016

We sent out £49,480 in grants, which breaks down as follows:

$4,925 to Suzannah Goss for editing issue 57 of Pachyderm, thanks to a grant from Save the Elephants. Pachyderm is available to read online. 

We sent £5,563 to Big Life Foundation in Kenya, to help cover ongoing ranger salaries, rations etc., thanks to grants of $5,000 from SRI Inc. and £2,000 from the Treasure Charitable Trust as well as other donations.

We awarded £15,235 to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa, made up of a number of grants, including a total of £1,423 from Boras Djurpark, £1,835 from Zoo Zlin, 1,271 euros from Zoo-Salzburg, 2,000 euros from Zoo de la Boissiere du Dore, $235 from SRI Inc., £1,823 from West Midland Safari Park and $1,387 from Just Wheels & Tires. As usual, Section Ranger Dirk Swart has consulted with HiP’s other Section Rangers to come up with a “shopping list” of equipment for the field rangers and anti-poaching units. Happy shopping Dirk!

£24 from our core funds to re-register the website domain name for the Lowveld Rhino Trust in Zimbabwe.

£1,8149 to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia, to pay for a training course for MET staff and Namibian police on how to manage informants, such that they provide intelligence on poaching gangs.

£6,957 to the North Luangwa Conservation Project in Zambia, to pay the final instalment for the construction of an armoury, to store weapons used by scouts from the Department of National Parks and Wildlife safely when not in use.

Finally, we gave out Save the Rhino T-shirts, caps, badges and car stickers to field programme staff in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park and uMkhuze Game Reserve in South Africa, and in Big Game Parks in Swaziland.

We are delighted to report that we gave out a total of £1,064,046 in grants during our financial year 2015-16. Many, many thanks to all of our donors, including those who wish to remain anonymous.

February 2016

We sent out a wonderful £122,899 in grants in February, thanks to our fabulous donors and supporters:

£4,755 paid the final costs (flights, hotels and bus transfers) associated with the 2016 meeting of the African Rhino Specialist Group, held at Berg en Dal in Kruger National Park. These funds came from USFWS, the International Rhino Foundation and Defra.

£5,246 to Big Life Foundation in Kenya, to help cover ongoing costs of its rhino monitoring and protection programme. Special thanks to Gary Slaight, who donated $5,013 in honour of his daughter Chrissy.

£34,753 to Borana Conservancy in Kenya, home to a population of black rhino that was reintroduced three years ago. $20,048 from the Anna Merz Rhino Trust and $5,000 from the Lubin Family Foundation will be used to help build new accommodation and ablution blocks for Borana’s team of rangers; the remainder, including a legacy of £7,000 from the estate of Anne Speight and $11,875 from SRI Inc., will help cover ongoing rhino monitoring and protection costs.

£300 to a researcher who worked on compiling evidence for a report on the involvement of Chinese nationals in the illegal trade in rhino horn, thanks to a grant from the International Rhino Foundation as well as our own core funds. Regretfully, we had to cancel publication of this report after an intervention by the CITES Management Authority.

$25,848 to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, thanks to a grant from the Anna Merz Rhino Trust to help build new accommodation and ablution blocks for Lewa’s ranger team.

£47,336 to the Lowveld Rhino Trust in Zimbabwe. $45,000 from the Anna Merz Rhino Trust and  £6,536 from Knowsley Safari Park will be used to cover the ongoing costs of LRT’s rhino monitoring programme in Save Valley Conservancy and Bubye Valley Conservancy; while 11,248 euros from Dublin Zoo is being used to reward people for information that leads to the arrest / prosecution / conviction of those involved in rhino poaching; and the remainder came from a mix of restricted donations and core funds.

£676 to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia, to pay for the flight costs of a trainer to travel from South Africa and Namibia to deliver a course on managing informants, to be held in June-July 2016.

$13,200 to the Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary in Tanzania from the Anna Merz Rhino Trust, to help towards salaries of the tracking, fence repair and replacement, and tracker dog handler teams.

£2,545 to the Wilderness Wildlife Trust, as its share from the proceeds of an online raffle organised by Alice Gully of Aardvark Safaris.

Our thanks to everyone who made these grants possible.

January 2016

We sent out grants totalling £57,732 in January 2016 as follows:

£2,915 for the costs of the African Rhino Specialist Group’s 2016 meeting, to pay for flights, accommodation, catering and conference fees, bus hire for a field trip day etc., thanks to grants from Defra, USFWS and the International Rhino Foundation.

A further £500 from the International Rhino Foundation to researcher Amy Fitzmaurice for her work on a report on the involvement of Chinese nationals in the illegal rhino horn trade.

£29,052 for the North Luangwa Conservation Programme. This included a grant from the Wildcat Foundation for law enforcement work by North Luangwa National Park’s Rhino and Elephant Protection Unit, and $20,000 from the Disney Conservation Fund for North Luangwa’s wonderful environmental education programme focused on the black rhino, Lolesha Luangwa.

We sent $25,000 received from the Glen and Bobbie Ceiley Foundation to Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia, to help cover the cost of its field trackers’ rations while out on patrol and vehicle running expenses (fuel and maintenance).

And finally, we sent £7,469 to the Zambezi Society for its conservation work in Zimbabwe.

December 2015

We sent out a total of £69,949 in January, which broke down as follows:

$2,600 to Pachyderm, the journal of the IUCN African and Asian Rhino and African Elephant Specialist Groups, thanks to a grant from the International Elephant Foundation. This helped pay the cost of producing issue no. 57. Previous issues are available to read online here:http://www.pachydermjournal.org/index.php/pachy/index

We spent £11,591 (grants from USFWS and from Defra) on the costs of the 2016 IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group meeting, which is being held in Kruger National Park in February. 70 individuals from 18 different countries will be attending.

We paid Aron White, a freelance researcher, an instalment of £500 for his work on compiling a report documenting evidence of involvement by Chinese nationals in the illegal trade in rhino horn. The report, which is being co-funded by the International Rhino Foundation, will be published in February 2016.

Using funds awarded by USFWS, we paid invoices totalling £7,135 on behalf of Namibia’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism, relating to rhino operations carried out in the country in 2015, and for items for a new veterinary vehicle deployed in Etosha National Park.

We sent £16,763 to Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia, for its ongoing rhino protection and monitoring work in the Kunene Region of Namibia. This included £2,000 from Madeleine Scott, 2,000 euros from Zoo Krefeld, £7,750 from the Desert Heart party, £3,260 from our core funds and the rest from miscellaneous donations received.

Finally, we sent £32,169, the latest quarterly instalment from the UK government’s Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund, to TRAFFIC-Vietnam for its work on behaviour change to reduce the demand for rhino horn.

Our thanks to all the donors who made these grants possible.

November 2015

We sent out a total of £11,237 in November, which broke down as follows:

$460 from the International Elephant Foundation for the production of an issue of Pachyderm, the journal of the IUCN’s African and Asian Rhino Specialist Group and the African Elephant Specialist Group.

$4,952 from USFWS to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, to pay for vehicle consumables etc. during the country’s annual rhino management operations.

£5,161 to the North Luangwa Conservation Programme in Zambia, which included grants of 1,267 euros from Rhino’s energy, £3,496 raised by Artillery’s team of three London Marathon 2015 runners and other misc. donations. The funds were used for a mix of the conservation education programme, Lolesha Luangwa, and NLCP’s rhino monitoring and protection work.

£1,550 to the Rhino Fund Uganda for ranger salaries, thanks to the sale of an auction lot at our Sundowner Dinner.

Our thanks to all the donors who made these grants possible.

October 2015

We sent out a total of £26,029 in October, which broke down as follows:

£5,183 for Pachyderm, the journal of the IUCN’s African and Asian Rhino Specialist Group and the African Elephant Specialist Group. US $6,000 came from the Anna Merz Rhino Trust, while the other $1,960 came from the International Elephant Foundation.

£2,313 from USFWS was used to book flights for participants attending the 2016 IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group meeting in Kruger National Park in February.

A grant of £5,387 from Chester Zoo went to the Association of Private Land Rhino Sanctuaries in Kenya, for the new post of APLRS Administrator, who will work alongside the Kenya Wildlife Service’s National Rhino Coordinator to help implement Kenya’s national black rhino strategy.

We paid two freelance researchers, Aron White and Amy Fitzmaurice, a total of £1,000 for work on compiling a report documenting evidence of involvement by Chinese nationals in the illegal trade in rhino horn. The report, which is being co-funded by the International Rhino Foundation, will be published in February 2016.

We sent a grant of $2,000, courtesy of the Taiwan Forestry Bureau, to the International Rhino Foundation to help pay for a new motorcycle for the Rhino Protection Units operating in Ujung Kulon National Park in Java, Indonesia.

A grant of $9,968 from Save African Rhino Foundation in Australia was sent to the Lowveld Rhino Trust in Zimbabwe, to pay for anti-poaching operations.

The self-named “Dutch beasts” – actually rhino keepers from Safaripark Beekse Bergen in the Netherlands, raised £4,020 in relation to their climbing Mt Kilimanjaro for Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary in Tanzania, which they visited as their reward for the trek. The money will help pay for aerial surveillance costs.

Finally, we used £169 of the money raised by Artillery’s team of three London Marathon 2015 runners to buy 13 monoculars, which will be used by schoolchildren taking part in visits into North Luangwa National Park in Zambia, as part of the Lolesha Luangwa conservation education programme.

Our thanks to all the donors who made these grants possible.

September 2015

We gave out a grand total of £70,298, which broke down as follows:

£10,693 for the African Rhino Specialist Group, which included: £2,607 from USFWS to support the costs of participants’ flights to the 2016 AfRSG meeting, and £3,200 from our core funds and $7,500 from USFWS towards the Secretariat’s core activities.

£6,543 for the Association of Private Land Rhino Sanctuaries in Kenya, thanks to the amazing running and fundraising efforts of the “Running for Rangers” team who completed the Marathon des Sables back in April 2015. This grant went to the Mara Elephant Project to help cover vehicle running costs.

A total of £19,071, thanks to a grant of 10,400 Swiss francs from the IUCN Kate Sanderson Bequest and misc. restricted donations from our supporters went to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa, to pay for the purchase of a double-cab Toyota Hilux for the Park.

We sent £1,817 to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism to cover the costs of an external vet assisting with annual rhino management operations in Namibia.

And finally, we sent another £32,174 to TRAFFIC-Vietnam, thanks to the UK government’s Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund, for continuing work on the