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 and Annual Review.
We had a busy month, sending out £360,204-worth of grants, thanks to fantastic support by US Fish & Wildlife Service and many other donors.
We sent $50,000 from USFWS to Big Life Foundation in Kenya, for ranger wages, rations, vehicle fuel and maintenance, radio repairs, prosecutions and uniforms.
We sent $58,708 from USFWS to Borana Conservancy in Kenya, to help pay for new ranger accommodation and ablution blocks. It’s really important for the day- and night-patrol teams to have separate accommodation so that each can rest / sleep undisturbed.
We were able to send another $50,000 from USFWS to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa, again for repairs to field accommodation for the rangers. The thatch on the roofs had holes in it, allowing in rain (and insects), while some of the camps needed replacement water tanks and in-line pumps to provide showers and washing facilities. We sent £1,000, kindly donated by Saffery Champness, who help us with our VAT returns, towards the purchase of a new Savannah microlight (with more grants following in July).
USFWS provided $64,076 for a new vehicle (a Toyota pick-up) for veterinarian Carl-Heinz Moeller based in Etosha National Park in Namibia. As well as rhino work, Carl-Heinz works on many other species and the vehicles, which frequently have to drive off road, are used hard.
USFWS also provided $84,044 for a new vehicle (also a Toyota) for Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary in Tanzania. We added £3,200 from our own core funds and £850 received in misc. donations to cover the rest of the cost and to pay for a new security outpost. Again in Mkomazi, USFWS gave another $16,385 towards the ongoing operating costs of Rafiki wa Faru, the environmental education programme, to which we added £1,600 from our unrestricted income.
Peter Lawrence enabled another donation of £2,000 for North Luangwa Conservation Programme in Zambia. Project director Ed Sayer will put this towards the cost of VHF transmitters, to be implanted in the rhinos’ horns, in this year’s rhino operations. We also made several grants to Lolesha Luangwa, the award-winning environmental education programme in North Luangwa: $250 from private donor via SRI Inc; £1,600 from our core unrestricted funds; and $26,350 from USFWS. These will help cover running costs during the period July 2015-June 2016.
We sent $90,637 from USFWS to Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia. The grant will help pay for the salaries of trackers and the Director of Special Operations, as well as rations, vehicle running costs, misc. equipment and flying time.
The Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund gave us its next instalment of £33,746 for demand reduction efforts – the Chi campaign – by our partners in Vietnam, TRAFFIC-Vietnam.
And finally, we gave grants totalling £35,163 to uMkhuze Game Reserve, thanks to $49,546 from USFWS, £120 received in misc. donations and £3,200 from our own core funds, to help pay for water installation in some of the more remote ranger outposts, to save time-consuming and expensive water bowser round-trips.
We sent out a total of £74,629 in programme grants in May:
We sent £3,895 from the Anna Merz Rhino Trust to the IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group to help cover the costs of Pachyderm issue 56 (July-December 2014). Pachyderm is the journal of the African Elephant, African Rhino and Asian Rhino Specialist Groups, and carries research on specific issues, reports of meetings, book reviews etc. It is available to read online here: http://www.pachydermjournal.org/
Colchester Zoo’s Action for the Wild enabled us to make a grant of £5,309 for a range of anti-poaching and monitoring equipment used by rangers in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. Colchester Zoo has been a long-time supporter of this field programme, with annual grants since 2006.
We bought a £99 digital camera with case and memory card for Michael Eliko, the Environmental Education Assistant working for Lolesha Luangwa in North Luangwa National Park. Michael’s work involves visiting the 21 schools participating in the programme several times each year, and it is very useful for him to be able to take pictures of class activities and individual pages of the children’s Activity Books for monitoring and evaluation purposes.
We sent $100,000 to Ol Jogi in Kenya to help cover the annual running costs of its vehicle fleet, thanks to a grant from an anonymous donor.
Finally, we gave out £51-worth of caps, badges etc to staff of Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia. These small gifts help boost morale.
We sent a total of £60,166 out in grants in April 2015, which breaks down as follows:
£5,514 for demand reduction work / behaviour-change efforts by Education for Nature Vietnam, continuing previous work. This includes £5,000 received from the James Gibson Charitable Trust. The work in Vietnam is also being funded by the International Rhino Foundation, our partner in the USA. Recent work has included placing banners in athletic clubs and tourism companies; and a recent success was the revision of a decree, after great efforts by ENV’s policy and legislative team to have the conflicting law revised, which would have allowed certain violations against endangered species not to be considered illegal.
We sent 5,000 euros awarded by Opel Zoo in Germany to the IRF for Indian Rhino Vision 2020, specially to be used for fencing costs for Burachapori-Laokhowa Wildlife Sanctuary Complex, to which rhinos will be translocated later this year.
Dublin Zoo, which has supported the Lowveld Rhino Trust in Zimbabwe for several years, gave another grant of 6,000 euros for the LRT’s community incentives programme.
We made our annual grant from core funds of £900 for the work of the Rhino Resource Center, a very useful online database of thousands of articles about rhinos, covering a wide range of topics. This website is valuable for students, field programme managers, veterinarians and so on.
We sent 5,000 euros from Wilhelma Zoo Stuttgart for the Rhino Protection Unit programme in Indonesia, to help cover ongoing salaries and rations, vehicle running costs etc.
Finally, we sent a total of £42,179 to TRAFFIC-Vietnam for the ongoing roll-out of the Chi campaign, which is targeted at wealthy businessman to persuade them to stop buying and using rhino horn. This included £32,169 from the UK’s Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund, and £10,005 from our own core funds.
We sent a lovely £69,305 out in March, bringing the grand total for 2014-15 to £848,853 given out in grants.
March’s grants broke down as follows:
£8,585 for the core work of the IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group during the period January-July 2015, made up of £3,200 from our core funds, £379 from misc. donations and $7,500 from USFWS’s Rhino and Tiger Conservation Fund.
£416 for the Association of Private Land Rhino Sanctuaries in Kenya. This comprised £372 from our core funds to cover the cost of items of kit and stationery used during the recent Scene-of-the-crime training course, which we co-funded with Chester Zoo and member Sanctuaries, together with some caps, badges etc. for rangers from Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Borana Conservancy, Ol Jogi and Ol Pejeta Conservancy.
£3,594 for Big Life Foundation in Kenya, which monitors and protects a small but important black rhino population in and around the Chyulu Hills National Park. This included £3,200 from our core funds and the rest came from misc. donations received via our website etc.
£3,339 for Borana Conservancy in Kenya, from our core funds, to help pay for the construction of new accommodation and ablution blocks so that Borana’s day- and night-time ranger teams are able to sleep undisturbed, leaving them well-rested for their potentially dangerous patrols.
We received £48 in misc. donations via our website for Dambari Wildlife Trust in Zimbabwe, which will be put towards DWT’s support for rhino monitoring in Matopos National Park near Bulawayo.
We awarded £5,859 to Education for Nature Vietnam, for continuing work to reduce demand for rhino horn in the country, thanks to donations of 2,500 euros from Association Ecofaune Virement and 5,600 euros from Ales Weiner. A further grant was sent to ENV in early April, and we will report on this next month.
We sent a grand total of £27,836 to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa, to pay for monitoring and anti-poaching equipment for the ranger teams in the five sections of the Park. This included £426 received in misc. donations, £2,507 from Knuthenborg Safari Park, £267 from Boras Djurpark, £600 from Craig McDonnell and £1,000 from Holmes Wood Consultancy Ltd, as well as $35,480 from the Anna Merz Rhino Trust to cover the costs of aerial surveillance and for PPL training for one of the Section Rangers.
We sent £117 for Greater one-horned rhino conservation efforts as part of Indian Rhino Vision 2020 in Assam, India; £68 for the Rhino Protection Unit programme in Indonesia; £261 for the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary; and £42 for the Javan Rhino Study and Conservation Area, thanks to misc. donations via our website.
We sent a total of £5,847 to the Lowveld Rhino Trust in Zimbabwe, which monitors two important rhino populations in Bubye Valley Conservancy and in Save Valley Conservancy, of which $5,000 came from our core funds, £2,000 from Knowsley Safari Park and £503 from misc. donations received.
Disney Conservation Fund awarded $19,550 to Lolesha Luangwa, the conservation education programme run by the North Luangwa Conservation Programme in Zambia. We had already used part of the funds to pay for a flight for the Lolesha Luangwa Officer, Mr Sylvester Kampamba, to visit Mkomazi National Park in Tanzania to see its programme, Rafiki wa Faru, in action; so the remaining $18,720 was sent over to cover the rest of the ongoing costs during the period July 2014-June 2015.
Finally we sent £800 to Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia, part of the money raised from at the auction of some artworks at our annual dinner in November 2014, to cover the costs of a sensitisation / exposure visit by Traditional Authorities (community chiefs etc.) in the southern part of the Kunene Region, so that they could better understand the rhino poaching problem and how local communities can help. We will include a write-up of this visit in our May 2015 ezine.
Thanks to a very generous donation from CMI Plc, we were able to send £10,000 to the Anthony King Conservation Leaders’ Trust in Kenya. Anthony King was the former charismatic Executive Director of the Laikipia Wildlife Forum in Kenya, who died in a plane accident in February 2013. The Anthony King Conservation Leaders Trust is established in his memory: “Conservation is not a choice or something we do, it is how we live”.
During January we sent a total of £76,290 to the field programmes we support.
We sent a total of £10,918 to pay for a Scene-of-the-crime training course in Kenya, held at Mpala Research Centre in February 2015. Those benefiting from the course include representatives from the Kenya Wildlife Service, Ol Jogi, Borana Conservancy, Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Big Life Foundation and Space for Giants. A grant of £6,110 from Chester Zoo, together with funds raised by our Operation Stop Poaching Now appeal, covered the costs of the trainers’ fees, their international and internal flights and other local logistics. We are very grateful to Rod Potter, Wayne Evans and Jamie Gaymer for their assistance with delivering this course, and hope that Kenya’s parks and reserves are able to use the skills learned to achieve a higher proportion of arrests and convictions per wildlife poaching incident.
We sent $19,118 to the Big Life Foundation in Kenya, thanks to a grant from the Anna Merz Rhino Trust, to pay for camera traps, cards, batteries & cases, digital cameras, binoculars & laptop computer, and for informer retainer salaries / rewards. Camera traps have played a significant part in documenting evidence against rhino poachers in the Chyulu Hills.
Again thanks to the Anna Merz Rhino Trust, we sent $38,168 to Borana Conservancy in Kenya, to help pay for new accommodation and ablution blocks for Borana’s rangers. Borana is home to the newest black rhino sanctuary in Kenya, and its security teams work around the clock. Being able to have separate camps for day- and night security teams means that both sets can be properly rested before they go out on patrol, and keeping ranger morale and motivation high is one of the most important parts of any rhino holder’s security plan.
We sent $33,551 to Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia, again from the Anna Merz Rhino Trust, for salary and vehicle running costs of the second Principal Field Officer. The recent surge in poaching in the Kunene Region has meant that SRT has had to reconsider its deployment of its tracker teams; the creation of this additional post will greatly help.
We awarded the final £6,223 to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia, payable on completion of the successful installation of security equipment in Waterberg Plateau Park. £3,152 came from USFWS RTCF and £3,071 from our own core funds.
Finally, we used £531 from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund’s grant of $19,550 to Lolesha Luangwa, the North Luangwa Conservation Programme, to pay for flights from Lusaka to Kilimanjaro International, for Sylvester Kampamba, the Lolesha Luangwa Education Officer. Sylvester spent almost a week with the team running Rafiki wa Faru, the environmental education programme in Mkomazi National Park, and he and Saria enjoyed comparing notes about their respective programmes. We look forward to their debriefs!
We sent our £33,371 in grants during December 2014 as follows:
$12,500 from our sister not-for-profit, SRI Inc., made possible by donations from the Kantor Foundation, Steven D Bell, Mr Thomas L White Jr, Mr and Mrs William John Robb III, Mr and Mrs David R Patterson, Mr and Mrs Thomas S Stukes, Dr and Mrs Lloyd J Peterson and Mr William M Hicks, for Borana Conservancy in Kenya, home to the country’s newest population of black rhino.
£952 to Dambari Wildlife Trust in Zimbabwe, which included a grant of 1,000 euros from Zoom Torino in Italy, the first time that this zoo has supported rhino conservation through us. The funds will help cover the cost of reprinting the ranger rhino sightings books that they fill out during patrols. DWT also held a ranger training course in January that trained trainers to maintain patrol data quality control and carry out in-house refreshers for other rangers. Although DWT had some funding for this training, they won’t now have to scrimp on printing training materials for this and can provide additional training posters.
We sent £1,847 received from Chester Zoo towards public engagement projects with local communities living adjacent to Manas National Park and Laokhawa-Burachapori Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam, in order to support rhino protection efforts. Burachapori is due to receive rhinos in 2015, a new population for Assam.
We sent £264 to the International Rhino Foundation for the Javan Rhino Study and Conservation Area. In late 2014, the IRF announced the good news that camera-trap surveys, faecal DNA analysis and patch-occupancy surveys had confirmed the presence of a minimum 58, and possibly 61, individual Javan rhinos, well up from previous estimates of 38-45.
We awarded £6,641 to the Lowveld Rhino Trust in Zimbabwe for its community incentives programme, whereby donations are made to schools in the Lowveld conservancies based on the numbers of rhino calves born. We would especially like to thank Knowsley Safari Park for its repeat annual donation of £6,000 for LRT.
Finally, we would like to thank the Glen And Bobbie Ceiley Foundation, which gave $25,019, for Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia: specifically to help cover the cost of the Director of Field Operation’s salary, trackers’ rations and misc. equipment purchase and repair.
We sent out £123,493 worth of grants to field programmes in November, which broke down as follows:
£17,226 to the Anthony King Conservation Leaders Trust in Kenya, raised by a group who climbed Mt Kenya in February 2014. Anthony was the highly respected and liked former Executive Director of the Laikipia Wildlife Forum, an organization we worked with for over a decade. Anthony was killed in a light plane accident in February 2013. His wife and friends were determined that his life be marked via a trust that would help future conservation leaders in Kenya, and we were delighted to be able to assist by offering a fundraising facility and bank account while the Trust established its own in Kenya.
We sent £2,505 to Big Game Parks in Swaziland, raised from the auction of a safari at our November dinner.
We sent $56,242 from US Fish and Wildlife Service to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in Namibia; the second instalment of a project to install additional security measures for Waterberg Plateau Park, which holds both black and white rhinos.
Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya donated a range of auction lots for our annual dinner in November, which we were able to sell, raising a total of £3,985 for OPC, much of which it will allocate towards the costs of its canine unit.
We awarded a total of £30,842 to Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia, thanks to a number of generous donors and auction lot bidders and donors, including 2,000 euros from Zoo Krefeld, $2,000 from Walt Brown; £26,469 raised by the Desert Heart party held in March 2014, and another £1,525 in miscellaneous donations. These funds will help support SRT’s senior staff and junior trackers, rations and uniforms, as well as vehicle running costs and misc. equipment replacement and repair.
Finally, we sent £33,747 to TRAFFIC-Vietnam for the demand reduction campaign we are collaborating on, funded by the UK’s Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund.
Our thanks as always to the donors who made these grants possible.
We sent out a total of £21,234 in October 2014 as follows:
We used £376 from a grant from Chester Zoo to pay for return flights from Nairobi to Nanyuki, for a training course to be held next year.
We sent 10,000 euros from Zoo d’Amneville and £7,500 from the Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust to the Big Life Foundation in Kenya, where the funds will be used for ranger salaries, rations and kit.
And finally, we awarded a total of £5,465 to Indian Rhino Vision 2020 in Assam, India, for community outreach work around the boundaries of Manas National Park and Laokhawa-Burachapori Wildlife Sanctuary, where inbound translocations of Greater one-horned rhinos are due to commence in the first quarter of 2015. This included a grant of $7,500 from our sister organization, SRI Inc.
In September 2014, we sent out a total of £85,253 in programme grants as follows:
A total of £8,744 to the African Rhino Specialist Group, for its core activities – advising rhino range states on national strategies, liaising with other bodies such as TRAFFIC and CITES etc – during the period July-December 2014. This included £3,200 from our own core funds, £937 received in restricted miscellaneous donations, and $7,500 from USFWS RTCF – the first of two installments of a $15,000 grant
£1,072 from Chester Zoo, to pay for the flight costs of two trainers to deliver Scene-of-the-crime training in 2015
$10,000 for Borana Conservancy in Kenya, from the Taliaferro family via our sister organization, Save the Rhino International Inc.
£196 from misc. restricted donations for Dambari Wildlife Trust’s rhino monitoring work in the Matobo National Park in Zimbabwe
A lovely £15,092 to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa, the focus of our “Help a ranger save a rhino” appeal. This is made up of many donations received: £2,985 in misc. donations and the last fundraising by Mat Hartley of Braai 365 fame; £1,590 from Woburn Safari Park; £2,000 from the Zoological Society of East Anglia – Africa Alive!; £650 from the International Animal Rescue Foundation; £3,900 from an anonymous individual donor in the Czech Republic; and 5,000 euros from the Vrienden van Safaripark Beekse Bergen. These donations will all be used to buy items on Section Ranger Dirk Swart’s “wishlist” of essential kit needed by field rangers and the anti-poaching units working in the Park
£329 received in misc. donations for the Javan Rhino Study and Conservation Area in Indonesia
£37,684 for the Lowveld Rhino Trust’s rhino monitoring work in Save Valley Conservancy and Bubye Valley Conservancy in Zimbabwe, thanks to grants of $55,000 from the Anna Merz Rhino Trust and another 5,000 euros from long-time supporters, Dublin Zoo
£453 from rhino’s energy GmbH in Germany was used to pay for seatbelts for the truck used to take school groups into North Luangwa National Park, as part of the ''Lolesha Luangwa” environmental education programme
£14,799 for the Rhino Protection Unit programme in Indonesia, including £8,000 from Chester Zoo and £5,000 from our core funds towards the development of a 5-year strategic plan, as well as $2,000 from the Taiwan Forestry Bureau for ongoing field work
And £749 for the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Way Kambas National Park, Indonesia, which included £355 from Twogether.
Our thanks, as always, to all the donors who make these grants possible.
We sent out a total of £56,780 in grants in August 2014 as follows:
$29,408 from the Samia Rhino Trust to Borana Conservancy in Kenya, to pay for ranger training. With the arrival, in August 2013, of black rhinos on Borana, it has become necessary to upgrade all of the reserve’s security measures and, most importantly, the capacity of its ranger force. As Chief Conservation Officer Sam Taylor has said many times, the best technology in the world is no good without the right people to operate it.
$31,250 from the Samia Rhino Trust to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, to pay for the construction of 2 x 3-men guardhouses. Keeping ranger morale high by providing good rations, equipment and accommodation is vital, particularly when criminal gangs are prepared to pay so much money for inside information.
$28,121 from US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Rhino and Tiger Conservation Fund to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, as the first instalment from a total grant of $89,112 for security equipment in Waterberg Plateau Park in Namibia.
$5,800 from the Samia Rhino Trust to the North Luangwa Conservation Programme in Zambia, for scene-of-the-crime equipment to be used at poaching sites in North Luangwa National Park.
Our grateful thanks to both donors, old (USFWS) and new (Samia Rhino Trust) for making the grants that enabled this support.
In July we sent a pleasing £98,278 out in grants as follows:
£9,244 to Ol Jogi in Laikipia County, Kenya, one of the members of the Association of Private Land Rhino Sanctuaries. This helped pay for emergency training for Ol Jogi’s new intake of rangers. We are very grateful to the following donors who responded to our urgent requests for help: Save the Rhino International Inc. ($6,000), Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund’s Rapid Response Fund ($5,000), Chester Zoo (£2,000) and Braeburn School (£358).
£6,685 to Big Game Parks in Swaziland, raised by the readers of Sporting Rifle magazine, which organized a fundraising auction in aid of rhino conservation efforts in Big Game Parks and in uMkhuze Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal.
£4,805 for Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia, thanks to Blair Drummond Safari Park, which donated £2,000, and supporters of our 2013 appeal in aid of SRT. This will pay for new uniforms for SRT’s trackers and for compensation for one of SRT’s members of staff, who was injured while on duty.
We added an additional £40 to a grant previously sent to uMkhuze Game Reserve to cover exchange rate differences.
Finally, we sent £77,499 to TRAFFIC-Vietnam, for a major new project to tackle the demand for rhino horn in Vietnam, funded by the UK’s Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund.
In June we sent out a total of £56,434:
£19,760 of this went to the Big Life Foundation in Kenya, which works to monitor and protect the black rhinos of the Chyulu Hills as well as other wildlife. £16,000 of this came from Chester Zoo’s Act for Wildlife for ongoing costs - ranger wages & incentives, rations & creation of a new base camp at Tindima. The other $6,000 represented the rest of a grant from the USFWS Rhino and Tiger Conservation Fund, the bulk of which was sent out in May.
$17,192 went to Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary in Tanzania. This was a grant from USFWS RTCF funding the ongoing operating costs of Rafiki wa Faru, the environmental education programme that targets 14 secondary schools in villages surrounding Mkomazi National Park.
We transferred £26,491 to the North Luangwa Conservation Programme in Zambia, for its Lolesha Luangwa environmental education programme, which targets 22 schools in the Game Management Areas surrounding North Luangwa National Park. This included $19,515 from USFWS for ongoing running costs of the programme, £1,600 from our own core funds and £180 in misc. donations received via our website. It also included two grants that will pay for the build and fit-out of a brand new education centre, to be constructed at the airstrip in the Park and used by schoolchildren taking part in Park visits, as well as by tourists staying at camps and lodges in North Luangwa. We are extremely grateful to the Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund for its grant of $12,000 and the de Brye Charitable Trust for its grant of £5,000, that have enabled the creation of this centre.
Finally, we sent £66 to the Environmental Investigation Agency, representing a final instalment of the grant due after this year’s Douglas Adams Memorial Lecture.
As always, our very grateful thanks to all the donors who support our work and make these grants possible.
In May we sent out a grand total of £189,472, which broke down as follows:
£66,986 to the Big Life Foundation, which protects wildlife including black rhinos in the Chyulu Hills area of Kenya, as well as across towards Amboseli National Park and over the border in Tanzania. This grant was from the USFWS Rhino and Tiger Conservation Fund, which has supported rhino monitoring and protection in the Chyulus since around 2005.
We awarded a total of £17,720 to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa, made up of a series of restricted grants or donations received: 2,000 euros from Parc Zoologique de Montpellier, 1,250 euros from Golf Ile de Fleurie, $24,985 from USFWS RTCF and other small miscellaneous donations received. These funds will all help cover items on a “shopping list” of equipment needed for the Park, as well as for maintaining aerial surveillance operations using the Bathawk microlight plane.
£34,486 went to Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary in Tanzania, comprising the following: $49,900 from USFWS RTCF, towards Sanctuary staff salaries and fence maintenance, together with £3,200 from our own core funds and £56 from misc. donations for salaries / fence, and £1,600 from our core funds for the ongoing operating costs of Rafiki wa Faru, the fabulous environmental education programme that has been running since 2008.
We spent £1,617 on tracking devices for the North Luangwa Conservation Programme in Zambia, thanks to generous, repeated donations by Peter Lawrence, as well as other donors via our website.
We used the last £1,515 remaining from a USFWS RTCF grant for the new technology workshop held in Kruger National Park in March/April 2014, plus £114 from our own core funds, to send two members of Kruger’s special operations team, to visit colleagues in Kenya, to exchange experiences of working with dogs, training courses and anti-poaching operations generally. We are extremely grateful to Batian Craig and Pete Newland of 51 Degrees for hosting the South Africans.
Finally, we sent $112,895, again from the lovely USFWS RTCF, to Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia. SRT has undergone some organisational changes in the last 6 months, and this grant is helping to pay for staff training as key individuals take on new roles and responsibilities, as well as SRT’s vital ongoing rhino monitoring work in the Kunene Region. With the rise in the number of poaching incidents in the Kunene Region, SRT now has a security role to play as well.
We sent out £27,933 in grants to field programmes and projects in April as follows:
£11,707 to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa for rhino monitoring and protection, made up of two gifts as follows: £5,374 from Colchester Zoo Action for the Wild for a whole range of kit: 1- and 2-litre water bottles, water purification, pepper sprays and pouches, bullet-proof vests, rifle-cleaning kits, raincoats, base-set radios, lightweight sleeping bags, rifle ammunition pouches, camping gas cooking sets, First-aid kits, tents, belt webbing sets and folding camping buckets; and 111,473 rand from Davmark in South Africa, thanks to sales of its calendars. This income will be put towards a shopping list of kit needed during 2014-15.
£900 from our core funds for the ongoing costs of the Rhino Resource Center website, a fantastic online reference site that is used by field programme managers, veterinarians, researchers and students alike.
£75 from USFWS RTCF paid for a flight change for one of the participants attending the new technology workshop in Kruger National Park at the end of March / early April.
We sent a total of £6,528 to the IRF for the Rhino Protection Unit programme in Indonesia, made up of grants of 5,000 euros from Wilhelma Zoo Stuttgart and $4,000 from our sister not-for-profit, Save the Rhino International Inc.
We donated £52 worth of merchandise (caps, badges, Tshirts etc) to the trackers working for Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia.
And finally, we sent £6,585 raised by bidders in an auction organised by Sporting Rifle magazine to uMkhuze Game Reserve in South Africa. The money will be used to complete the installation of hot water geysers at outposts in the Reserve – a great morale booster for the rangers.
Thanks to our super-generous donors and supporters we were able to send out a bumper crop of grants in March, totaling £99,790
We sent £8,705 to the Association of Private Land Rhino Sanctuaries in Kenya, for its black rhino emergency fund, which pays out half of the costs arising from treatment required for injuries sustained in poaching attempts or in-fighting. The other half is paid by the sanctuary concerned. This award was made possible thanks to grants of £5,000 from Chester Zoo; £2,500 from the Swire Charitable Trust; £1,000 from the Lotus Foundation and the remainder from supporter Matt Todd.
Big Life Foundation in Kenya received £10,432 for its rhino programme (monitoring and protection) in the Chyulu Hills. This was made up of a series of grants: £4,036 in miscellaneous donations via our website, the remaining £1,498 from Treasure Charitable Trust’s earlier grant; 2,000 euros from Rhino’s energy drinks; and £3,235 from our own core funds. The Big Life Foundation has recently reorganised its patrol teams across the Chyulu-Amboseli ecosystem, and covers a wide range of initiatives, including wildlife-predator and human-elephant conflict; however our support focuses exclusively on the rhino work.
We sent £16,280 to Education for Nature Vietnam, an NGO that is now very active in Vietnam on addressing the demand for illegal rhino horn. Our grant included 2,500 euros from Association Ecofaune Virement in France and £191 received in miscellaneous donations via our website; the remainder was from our core funds. The grant will pay for awareness-raising via a range of media outlets, law enforcement efforts in Vietnam and working on policy with the Vietnamese government.
Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa received a total of £11,853 for ongoing rhino monitoring and protection work. This was thanks to a number of grants received: 2,650 euros from the Foundation Friends of the SafariPark Beekse Bergen; 2,000 euros from Safari de Peaugres; £550 raised by the Association of Veterinary Students; and the remaining £7,437 from a wide range of people who donated or raised funds for us, including Mat Hartley, who held a braai every day for 365 days! Most of the funds will pay for essential items of kit / equipment for the rangers; we hope to cover a further “shopping list” of kit required via our 2014 appeal in aid of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park.
We awarded £18,468 to the Lowveld Rhino Trust in Zimbabwe, which monitors and assists with management interventions for black and white rhino in Save Valley Conservancy and Bubye Valley Conservancy and occasionally in Chipinge Safari Area. £6,146 of this came from the Beit Trust for a digital radio system; and 5,000 euros from Dublin Zoo, £6,000 from Knowsley Safari Park and £2,165 from miscellaneous donations to help pay Malilangwe Community Trust for 10 white rhinos that the Lowveld Rhino Trust has moved to Bubye Valley to initiate a conservancy-community rhino production partnership.
We sent £6,926 from miscellaneous donations and core funds to pay the final instalment of the costs of installing a digital radio system in the rhino sanctuary in Mkomazi National Park in Tanzania; the previous instalment was covered by a generous grant from US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Rhino and Tiger Conservation Fund.
North Luangwa Conservation Programme in Zambia received a total of £6,745. $4,000 of this was from SRI Inc. for an exchange visit for scouts from North Luangwa National Park to visit the Lowveld Rhino Trust in Zimbabwe for further practical training; the remainder was from our core funds to reposition some of the rhino sanctuary’s internal fences.
Finally, we spent £20,381 on the workshop held in Kruger National Park at the end of March on new technology for rhino monitoring and security, attended by a wide range of rhino conservation field programme managers as well as manufacturers of specialised equipment. £18,961 of this came from USFWS RTCF; the remaining £1,420 from our core funds; these paid for international flights, internal transfers and accommodation. Our funding was supplemented by a grant from WWF-SA, which paid accommodation costs direct, and by a generous discount from hosts SANParks.
We awarded £29,064 in grants in February 2014 as follows:
$10,000 to the IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group, for its ongoing core costs for the period January-June 2014. Half of this funding came from USFWS RTCF; the other half from our own core funds. The Chair (Dr Mike Knight) and Vice Chair (Dr Richard Emslie) carry out a great deal of coordination and strategic work on behalf of African rhino range states, NGOs and field programmes.
£5,905 to the International Rhino Foundation for a project entitled “Building Indonesian leadership capacity”. £900 of this came from Blair Drummond Safari Park, the rest from our core funds. This grant will help the research costs of Inov, who has worked for the Indonesian Rhino Foundation (YABI) for many years, and whose particular interest is the Javan rhino and browse selection and availability. The project will, among other things, determine the best way of eradicating the invasive Arenga palm, while building conservation capacity in Indonesia.
We spent £135 on the annual hosting costs for the Lowveld Rhino Trust’s website: www.lowveldrhinotrust.org
We used £10,926 of USFWS RTCF funding to pay for international flights for participants in the workshop on new technology for rhino monitoring and security, held in Kruger National Park in late March / early April.
Finally, we sent £6,049 to the Zambezi Society in Zimbabwe for its ongoing carnivore work.
We sent out just a couple of grants out in January, totalling £1,406, as follows:
1,000 euros, raised by the wonderful rhino’s energy GmbH in Germany for the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia, home to five Sumatran rhinos including 20-month-old calf Andatu. We hope that his mother, Ratu, will begin mating again with Andalas as soon as possible in order to continue this breeding programme.
And thanks to a generous donation from Peter Lawrence, we spent £518 on four cameras, cases and SD cards for the North Luangwa Conservation Programme in Zambia, to be used for daily rhino monitoring activities.
We sent out £58,336 in December 2013, broken down as follows:
£2,066 granted out to Borana Conservancy in Kenya, raised via an auction lot that was bid for at our Heroes dinner in November. In August last year, Borana became home to 21 black rhino, translocated from neighbouring Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and Lake Nakuru National Park. The funds will go to the not-insignificant costs of security and law enforcement in Borana in order to protect these rhinos.
£3,725 to the Dambari Wildlife Trust in Zimbabwe. In 2011, with funding and technical support from USFWS and ourselves, a series of stakeholder workshops in Harare led to the production of a new national rhino strategy. Some two years later, Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority signed it off. We now want to assist ZPMWA, NGOs and other rhino organisations working in Zimbabwe to implement the monitoring and measuring of progress towards the Key Performance Indicators identified in the framework. To that end, we have made a grant of £3,725 from our core funds to Dambari Wildlife Trust, to cover the costs of a 2-day workshop in the second quarter of 2014.
£467 received in miscellaneous donations for the Javan Rhino Study and Conservation Area, to expand the habitat used by Javan rhinos. There is evidence that so far, nine animals have crossed the narrow isthmus from Ujung Kulon National Park and have started using the new habitat offered by Gunung Honje.
£1,034 to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya, raised via an auction lot that was bid for at our Heroes dinner in November. Lewa is home to black and white rhino populations and does much environmental education and community outreach work.
We sent £2,569 to Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary in Tanzania, for the ongoing costs of Rafiki wa Faru, the environmental education programme that targets 14 schools surrounding the Park. This was raised by supporter Barry Butler, who climbed Mt Kilimanjaro to raise funds for Save the Rhino.
Thanks to the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, we sent $22,500 to the North Luangwa Conservation Programme, for its conservation education programme Lolesha Luangwa. With the purchase of a secondhand truck (funded by USFWS and SRI), visits into the Park for schoolchildren and community leaders will begin in 2014 – ongoing costs of these visits and the programme generally are being covered by DWCF. We are deeply grateful to all of Lolesha Luangwa’s donors.
£1,400 to Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, raised via an auction lot that was bid for at our Heroes dinner in November. Ol Pejeta has populations of black, Southern white and Northern white rhinos, and carries out a wide range of rhino monitoring and anti-poaching activities.
We sent £1,364 to the Rhino Fund Uganda raised by supporter Phil Hobson, who took part in an ironman triathlon from London to Paris last summer. The funds were used to help buy new uniforms for the rangers at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary; Phil and his wife Pam were able to see the impact of their support when they visited Ziwa as paying volunteers over Christmas and New Year.
Chester Zoo awarded £8,000, and we added another £142 from miscellaneous restricted donations, to the Rhino Protection Unit programme in Indonesia. Way Kambas National Park and Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park are two of the three parks in Indonesia to hold viable populations of Sumatran rhinos, and the work of the RPUs is essential to securing their survival.
We sent a wonderful £22,858 to Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia, thanks to the generosity of donors to our Operation Wild and Free appeal. We’d particularly like to mention Zoo Bassin d’Arcachon, rhino’s energy GmbH, Neil Taylor, Dave Hamman, Richard Keyser, and Woburn Safari Park, which raised an amazing £8,342 for SRT, via a range of fundraising activities carried out by Curator Sasha Saunders and his team.
Finally, we sent £935 to the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in Indonesia, donated by individuals in response to our “I will survive” appeal that ran in 2012.
Our very grateful thanks to all our donors who made these grants possible.
In total, we granted out £15,675
We sent £12,500, awarded by Chester Zoo, to the Big Life Foundation in Kenya, to cover the increased costs of constructing a secure second waterhole inside the Chyulu Hills National Park, fed by the USFWS-funded borehole sunk a couple of years ago. Since the original quote in autumn 2012, costs of labour and raw materials have increased, and VAT has become payable, making the project more expensive than anticipated. We are deeply grateful to Chester Zoo’s Field Conservation and Research Department for stepping in to help.
We awarded £1,300 from miscellaneous restricted donations received for Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, to pay for emergency repairs to Section Ranger Dirk Swart’s motorbike – essential for getting around the Park – and for ear defenders for rangers to use while on weapons training. Maintaining readiness is a key part of the anti-poaching effort, and we were delighted to be able to step in to cover these urgent requests for help.
Finally, we sent £1,875 to Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, to go towards the costs of its dog team (bloodhound tracker dogs and Belgian Malinois attack dogs). These funds were raised through the generous support of sculptor Camilla le May, whose bronze rhino and silver brooches were auctioned at our Heroes Dinner in November.
We are very grateful to all these donors for their support.