Monitoring | Protecting Conserving | Together


Project Rhino KZN was launched on World Rhino Day, 22 September 2011. It is a province-wide rhino-focussed association that brings together a provincial government conservation body, private and community-owned reserves, rhino owners, leading conservation NGOs and anti-poaching security specialists.

Founding Statement

“Project Rhino KZN is an association of like-minded organisations facilitating rhino conservation interventions aimed at eliminating rhino poaching and securing the white and black rhino populations of KwaZulu-Natal. The members of Project Rhino KZN recognise that the work in conserving and protecting rhinos from the threat of poaching is symbolic of the broader threat faced by all wildlife, and that all wildlife will benefit from actions taken by Project Rhino KZN. The association is also aware that the poaching of rhino is symptomatic of the overall, bigger environmental crises facing South Africa and its neighbours.”


What motivates us daily is the dream of both White and Black rhino species thriving in KwaZulu-Natal and far beyond – forever free, forever secure from poaching, well managed and protected. Today we strive to protect the world’s last remaining African rhino species, so that tomorrow they will still continue to play their vital role in our continent’s irreplaceable and beautiful ecosystems, contributing to an ever-growing realization of our fundamental reliance on the natural environment (and ALL its elements) for our very basic needs. We honour their uniqueness as one of the primary icons of Africa’s great wilderness areas.
KwaZulu Natal - Proud home of the Southern White Rhino

Responding to today's escalating rhino poaching threats and other wildlife crimes requires a new approach: one that breaks through the traditional hierarchical, 'silo' ways of conservation operations and builds relationships between state, private and civil society, to effectively counter the adaptable, well-resourced, international criminal syndicates driving the poaching of rhinos in South Africa, and other wildlife crimes.

24 private game reserves and 8 Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife provincial game reserves benefit directly. Project Rhino KZN also tackles macro-level issues that affect all rhino stakeholders in the province and initiates anti-poaching strategies that benefit all rhino, regardless of whether they are to be found in provincial or private game reserves.


The 5 Priorities of Project Rhino KZN are as follows:

1. Rhino Security
2. Community Engagement, Education & Awareness
3. Legislation & Judiciary
4. Lobbying & Strategic Relationships (Government and International)
5. Fundraising, Public Awareness & Accountability

Main Projects

As a result of Project Rhino KZN’s ethos of collaboration, projects and campaigns in partnership with other organisations have been initiated. The Zululand Anti-Poaching Wing is a partnership between Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, private game reserves and NGOS. Project Rhino KZN’s youth initiatives - Rhino Art, the World Youth Rhino Summit and the #RhinoShoutOutChallenge - have developed in partnership with the Kingsley Holgate Foundation. Please click to read more about each
Rhino Art
Rhino Summit
Shoutout Challenge