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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Chi campaign to change rhino horn consumer behaviour and reduce demand in Viet Nam.
Our thanks to all the many donors to who made these grants possible.
We sent out a total of £79,965, which broke down as follows:
£12,821 for the work of the IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group: £5,907 from Defra, £1,934 from SRI Inc and £3,248 from USFWS to help cover participants’ flight costs for the 2016 meeting; and £1,719 from Defra for the conference fees for the 2016 meeting; and £13 transfer fee costs.
£11,070 for the Association of Private Land Rhino Sanctuaries in Kenya. £4,691 was for the Emergency Fund for black rhinos, which pays out 50% of the costs of treating rhinos injured by fighting or in poaching attempts, which included £500 from an anonymous foundation and £48 received in misc. donations. The remaining £6,379 was from our core funds for the new post of APLRS Administrator, who will work alongside the Kenyan National Rhino Coordinator to help implement the national rhino strategy.
£26,896 for Borana Conservancy / the Running for Rangers coalition in Kenya. Gwyn Broyles donated $10,000 via SRI Inc, and donations for the team who ran the Marathon des Sables for “Running for Rangers” enabled grants of $5,000 to the BioKen Snake Farm / James Ashe Antivenom Trust and $26,917 paid for 9 x thermal-imaging cameras, 4 x Solar Gorillas and 4 x Power Gorillas, to be distributed to conservancies in the coalition.
£7,005 for Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa, which included £2,000 from the Zoological Society of East Anglia (Africa Alive!) towards the costs of re-thatching some of the ranger outposts in the Park (plus the transfer fee), and £5,000 raised by Alison Squance, who went to the extraordinary lengths of shaving her head, and donated by other misc. donors to pay for a FLIR to be fitted to the new light aircraft we are helping to buy for the Park.
And finally, we sent £22,173 to Namibia’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism: $3,000 from USFWS for fixed-wing hire for annual rhino management operations; and $26,559 from USFWS and $5,000 from core funds for telemetry equipment.
Our thanks, as always, to the donors who made these grants possible.
We sent out £76,391 in programme grants in July, which breaks down as follows:
£9,156 for the work of the IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group. $800 of this was from the International Elephant Foundation towards the publication of Pachyderm, a bi-annual international peer-reviewed journal that deals primarily with matters related to African elephant and African and Asian rhino conservation and management in the wild. It is also a platform for dissemination of information concerning the activities of the African Elephant, the African Rhino, and the Asian Rhino Specialist Groups of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC). The remainder was from USFWS towards the 2016 AfRSG meeting costs.
We sent £13,176 to Big Game Parks in Swaziland, thanks to a fundraising auction by Sporting Rifle magazine and its readers, which is helping pay for ranger training. Despite its proximity to the Mozambican border, there have been very few incidents of rhino poaching in the country, with the last having happened in 2014 after an almost 20-year lull.
We sent £8,060 to Borana Conservancy in Kenya to pay for 28 x Garmin Foretrex GPSs, 54 x shelter sheets and 1,000 pairs socks for the rangers, thanks to the amazing endurance achievements of the Running for Rangers team, who ran the Marathon des Sables in April 2015. The funds raised by Running for Rangers are benefiting a wide range of conservancies and NGOs in Kenya, supporting elephant and rhino conservation efforts.
We awarded £5,161 to Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa, to help pay for the purchase of a Savannah light aircraft, to replace the Bathawk that crashed in March due to engine failure. We are very grateful to Rhino’s energy (1,056 euros), Zoo de la Boissiere du Dore (2,500 euros), Media Tornado (1,000 euros), Parc de Lunaret – Zoo de Montpellier (2,500 euros) and Zoo Salzburg (1,226 euros) for their support for HiP. $45,000 from USFWS Rhino and Tiger Conservation Fund to Namibia Helicopter Services for rhino management operations in Namibia.
And finally we sent £3,262 to Save the Rhino Trust in Namibia, to pay for rewards for intelligence leading to arrests. Our thanks to Neil Taylor and Roy Sarkin for donating auction lots items, John Verkaik and Zoo Krefeld (2,000 euros) for their help in making this grant possible.
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,