World Rhino Day: Uniting Forces to Save a Species in Crisis

With World Rhino Day today, Singita, along with other conservation brands and NGOs, employs a multi-layered approach to rhino conservation while highlighting the collaborative efforts between various conservation partners to safeguard vulnerable species. One rhino is poached every 16 hours in Africa and about 9,400 African rhinos were lost to poaching in the last decade, therefore featuring the tireless efforts by the anti-poaching units (APU) by the Singita Lowveld Trust in South Africa, Grumeti Fund in Tanzania, and Malilangwe Trust in Zimbabwe to provide resource-intensive protection of these animals is essential to the future of these species. Various approaches are utilized by these expertly trained anti-poaching units and Singita’s conservation partners, including:

Short-term dehorning (Singita Lowveld Trust): An intervention involving the aerial darting of the animals to remove the horn, rhino dehorning is intended to remove the most valuable body part to decrease poaching desire. Made of keratin with no nerve-endings, the animals experience relatively minor effects when safely dehorned in comparison to the risk of brutal poaching deaths. To date, 98% of all rhinos in the Greater Kruger National Park region have been successfully dehorned to deflect the poaching pressure on poaching hotspots.

Translocation, Rescue, and Rewilding (Singita Lowveld Trust, Grumeti Fund, Mailangwe Trust,): Across Kruger NationalPark, Grumeti Game Reserves, and the Mailangwe Wildlife Reserve, these non-profit organizations work to translocate rhinos to safety for rewilding purposes. Mavic, the rhino orphan rescued in Sabi Sand Nature Reserve last August, highlights the vital role of anti-poaching units and conservation partners. Despite a traumatic start, Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary has nurtured Mavic’s growth. From a nervous calf, he’s now one year-old and 1,100-pounds thriving on a diverse diet. The Singita Lowveld Trust sponsors Mavic’s care for five years, with strong support from passionate conservation advocates and donors.

Canine (K9) Unit and Innovative Technology (Singita Lowveld Trust, Grumeti Fund, Malilangwe Trust): K9 units and advanced tech are key in safeguarding vulnerable species. These units, led by professional handlers and tracker dogs, track animals and humans, proactively deter poaching. Cutting-edge technology like drones, night vision, and a Domain Awareness system provide round-the-clock surveillance and vital data collection. Combined with the efforts of the K9, these innovations have proven to be highly effective.

“The APU and K9 units are dedicated to halting the decline in what has become an increasing list of threatened species, continually adapting their strategy to navigate and anticipate the ever-changing evasive tactics of poaching syndicates.” says Inge Kotze, Group Head of Conservation at Singita.

The next decade will be critical for the survival of the species across the continent. To support the training, equipment, salaries, and uniforms of the anti-poaching and canine units, travelers can support the Singita Lowveld Trust, Grumeti Fund, and Malilangwe Trust projects by donating.

To donate to the Singita Lowveld Trust Anti-Poaching and canine Unit, see here.

To donate to the Grumeti Fund Anti-Poaching Unit, see here

To donate to the Malilangwe Trust Anti-Poaching Unit, see here.

For images, see here.

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