Since 2007 rhino poaching has escalated by more than 9,000% in South Africa and organised criminal networks have become involved meaning poachers have become sophisticated and well armed. Anti-poaching rangers form the first and last line of defence for rhinos. Effective field protection is critical to successfully protecting rhino populations. It is an incredibly difficult and dangerous job, without the right training, equipment, management and support they cannot defend rhinos.
Pro-active and reactive anti-poaching ranger patrols reduce the level of poaching and increase the chances of catching rhino poachers. In addition to this running of informer networks is particularly useful and cost-effective. Effort and training is also required to ensure the effective investigation, successful prosecution and sentencing of those guilty of rhino crimes. Another important aspect of law enforcement is the management, monitoring and protection of legal rhino horn stockpiles.
Rangers and anti-poaching teams are also large employers of local people in the area. Big Life Foundation in Kenya employs 250 scouts to run anti-poaching patrols across the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem and is one of the biggest employers in the area. This helps provide benefits to local people living in the area and strengthen their support to protecting wildlife.
These rangers need support by providing equipment to enable them to do their jobs and training. Below are programmes that Save the Rhino helps to support their anti poaching work.
|Big Life anti-poaching team in Kenya||North Luangwa anti poaching teams|
|Ranger in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa
|Anti poaching rangers train in Mkomazi Tanzania|
|JRSCA rangers in Indonesia|