WorldRhinoDay thumbThanks to the support of over 54500 cardholders like you, we’ve helped raise R2.6 million for the MyPlanet Rhino Fund over the past year. Putting best practice rhino conservation front and centre, the MyPlanet Rhino Fund has raised over R9.1 million since its creation in 2011. We think that’s nothing short of amazing!

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With no one solution that can deal with our rhino poaching crisis, the MyPlanet Rhino Fund supports a wide variety of conservation organisations and government agencies. Administered by the Endangered Wildlife Trust, all funds go to best practice, sustainable interventions that actually protect Rhinos. 

THAT’S THANKS TO YOU AND EVERYONE WHO HAS SWIPED THEIR MYSCHOOL MYVILLAGE MYPLANET CARDS FOR OUR RHINOS!

Braam Malherbe MyPlanet Rhino Fund Ambassador

 

 

“MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet is empowering individuals to make a significant difference in conservation – Everyone can Do One Thing (DOT) for the Rhino, just by signing up for a free MyPlanet card and swiping their cards when they shop, plus they can know the money is being used wisely.”

 

- Braam Malherbe, MyPlanet ambassador, conservationist and panel member on the MyPlanet Rhino Fund

 

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HERE’S HOW YOU’RE HELPING SAVE OUR RHINOS WITH EVERY SWIPE

Rhino Pride


Rhino Pride
HIGH SECURITY SANCTUARIES 

High-tech early warning systems and buffer zones make up the high security rhino sanctuaries that are helping reaction teams find and catch poachers.

By making sure poachers don’t get near rhinos in the first place, the Rhino Pride Foundation Trust is using technology and best practice to create high security sanctuaries. Founder Dr Jana Pretorius believes the need for sanctuaries, with secure perimeters that are near impossible to breach, means better reaction time and less human contact with poachers while acting as an effective deterrent. 

Jana has been involved in the capture, care and relocation of thousands of wild animals, including the immobilisation and relocation of more than a thousand rhinos. In 2007, with the poaching crisis escalating, she began working with various non-profits and NGOs to help create public awareness and limit the carnage. But Jana felt something important was missing.

She became involved with a UN project where the focus was on the improvement of forensic services in wildlife crimes, along with intelligence sharing and some aspects of anti-poaching initiatives. Jana soon realised that there was a dire need for the high security sanctuaries with high-tech early warning systems and buffer zones, which would provide ample time for reaction teams to locate and apprehend poachers before they even gain access to the reserves. 

 

SANParks Honorary Rangers
SANparks Honorary Rangers
GPS AND K9 MEDICAL KITS

With new GPS tracking harnesses and medical field kits, the anti-poaching K9 unit can look forward to better support in the war on rhino poaching.

SANParks counter poaching canine (K9) unit has become a game changer in the war on poaching. For these well-trained dogs, the importance of GPS tracking devices and medical kits are key to their survival. That’s why, as part of the SANParks Honorary Rangers Climb for K9 campaign, MyPlanet Rhino Fund has donated R250 000 to buy vital equipment for the anti-poaching Canine unit. 

Making sure that all K9 units are fit and healthy, well-trained and equipped for their dangerous job is an ongoing challenge. Tracking harnesses will ensure that dogs that are lost or injured in the bush are found quickly, while trauma kits give field rangers the first aid equipment they need to help injured dogs till they can get to a vet.

Important work is being done by the anti-poaching K9 unit to safeguard wildlife in our national parks, which is under heavy threat from poachers. With 1600 members, the Honorary Rangers are also using funds to construct an obstacle course at the SANParks K9 centre in the Kruger National Park to improve dog training, help handlers to bond and provide a place for boarding dogs to exercise while their handlers are on leave. 

 

Save Valley Conservancy SSP Unit
Savé Valley Conservancy Special Species Protection Unit
TACKLING WILDLIFE POACHING

The SVC’s Special Species Protection Unit is targeting wildlife poachers head on to protect our rhino and stop the trafficking of rhino horns.

With a fairly small squad of highly trained men, the Savé Valley Conservancy (SVC) Special Species Protection Unit responds to incursions by highly motivated and armed poachers.  Found in the south east of Zimbabwe, the Savé Valley Conservancy is a wildlife conservation area that is vulnerable in the war on poaching, with rhinos being a prime target. 

With two senior security officers and three other officers in the north and south of the conservancy, the SSPU leads a team of 32 patrol scouts who are the eyes and ears of the region. The team depends on its four vehicles and eight motorcycles, while being serviced by an open radio net confined to SVC management, and a secure network accessible only by the SSPU.

Tasked with protecting species affected by intense forms of poaching, which goes hand in hand with trafficking of wild animal parts or products, the SSPU team also works with other law enforcement agencies such as Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority and the Zimbabwe Republic Police. With its goal of increasing the number of patrol scouts to 47 men, the SSPU will continue its good work with the funds received. 

 

Black Mambas
Bulule Nature Reserve Black Mambas Anti-Poaching Unit (APU)
BLACK MAMBAS ON THE BEAT

Giving teeth to their beat patrols, the addition of K9s to the Black Mamba All-Women Anti-Poaching Unit will help support and protect the team.

For the Black Mamba anti-poaching unit, patrol dogs will be a welcome addition to their daily beats around the Balule Nature Reserve. Stationed at five picket stations on the Balule landscape, the Black Mambas walk a ‘beat’ from their pickets, with some patrols extending to 20km a day.  But these foot patrols are not without their dangers. 

The all-women Black Mamba teams are constantly encountering wild animals on their beat, such as lions, buffalo, elephants and rhinos. Mambas are unarmed as this sends the wrong message to potential poachers, so trained K9s will give them early warnings of wild animals, while helping to enhance visual policing.

Currently, the Black Mambas are stationed at five picket stations on the Balule Landscape. Each picket is independent and has its own drivers, 4x4 vehicles and supervisors. The Mambas have 24/7 back-up and supervision and manage their own command and control centre. 

Mambas will also help carry a message to tribal communities and learners at school that dogs can become more than a tool, showing that animals can feel stress, anxiety etc. An added plus for the team is the training they’ll receive which will add to their skill set and their CVs.

 

Growing nature ambassadors
Rhino Revolution
GROWING NATURE AMBASSADORS

By growing young conservation leaders in underprivileged communities, Green Kidz is driving environmental education while helping support kids at school 

The Green Kidz Programme believes that the only way to break the poaching cycle is to work with marginalised communities to deliver long term solutions that empower, uplift and create wildlife protectors through our children.

Green Kidz’ goal is to educate young learners, to inspire future conservation leaders and nature ambassadors.  As well as weekly classes, groups of ‘Green Kidz’ are taken on conservation-based field trips into local Big 5 game reserves.  Other projects also include Kick it for Conservation soccer tournaments and the Dress 4 Success school uniform initiative, that provides orphans and vulnerable kids with uniforms to help keep them in school. 

Green Kidz is active at 11 government primary schools in the communities of Acornhoek, bordering the Kruger National Park, where poverty and poaching are rife. It provides weekly lessons to grades 4, 5, 6 and 7 about nature and environmental threats and how to counter these threats. The most motivated children, many of whom have never seen wild animals in their lives, are also taken on field trips in the Rhino Revolution minibus.  My Planet Rhino Fund donations also support WESSA Eco School projects such as food security gardens, permaculture garden training and recycling. 

 

LapalalaWildernessSchool
Lapalala Wilderness School
SA’S BIODIVERSITY FUTURE

Giving learners a voice on rhino poaching, Lapalala Wilderness School is hosting a debate to inspire SA’s future thinkers and conservation champions. 

Hosting a well-structured rhino poaching debate to celebrate World Rhino Day, Lapalala Wilderness School (LWS) is supporting Grade 10 Life Science learners from 15 schools to take part in the event.  A non-profit organisation, LWS has a long history of environmental education in the Limpopo province.  Its mission is to help children and young adults discover the value of our natural world’s biodiversity and their place in it.  

By inspiring Africa’s future thinkers and conservation champions, LWS aims to promote an appreciation and respect for the extraordinary natural diversity of our continent.  It currently supports 42 schools in the Waterberg District, with an estimated population size of 572 625, where access to quality basic resources is a constant challenge.

As well as encouraging a passion and commitment to nature conservation, LWS believes that working with marginalised communities is vital in the fight against rhino poaching.  To do this, it aims to help address education needs and sustainable poverty alleviation, in line with the UN’s millennium development goals. 

LWS is also hosting a Rhino talk with groups visiting LWS, addressing other environmental topics such as mining, rhino poaching, fracking, human carnivore conflict in rural areas, overpopulation, biosphere reserves and their challenges.

 

WelgevondenNatureReserve
Welgevonden Nature Reserve
ON TOP OF THE THREAT

A state-of-the-art Joint Operations Centre and smart intelligence systems hold the key to staying on top of criminal syndicate and rhino poaching threats.

For the Reaction team at Welgevonden Nature Reserve in Limpopo, state-of-the-art controls and equipment are the only way to effectively protect an area with the biggest free-roaming rhino population in the region. 

With the ever-increasing threat to our rhinos, other animal species and flora, Welgevonden Reaction has been focused on building relationships with communities, neighbouring game reserves, security providers and other parties to enhance security as a whole for the Greater Waterberg Region.

Forming part of the “Greater Marakele Security Cluster”, the team aims to enhance security within the greater Waterberg region by collecting valuable information and intelligence - a first for the Waterberg region. Between national and private reserves, the security cluster protects a vast conservation area of approximately 460 000 hectares, by means of control points at strategic entrances. 

The Joint Operations Centre will also use equipment to collect information through biometric systems and a unique security software system, approved and tested by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).  This means that as intelligence is gathered, it will be transferred live to relieve pressure on teams. Shared reports will also provide insightful analysis and monitoring to stay on top of poaching threats with all security providers.