February 14, 2017


Project Rhino’s members have a wide range of rhino conservation and anti-poaching strategies, with each member focussing on their specific areas of expertise. Each and every one is needed if we are going to turn the poaching tide in KZN and each initiative requires funding. To help conserve KZN’s rhinos, please consider supporting one of the credible needs outlined below or download our 2016 Priority Needs



ACT acts as the Secretariat and central recipient of funds for Project Rhino KZN members who are actively engaged in rhino conservation and anti-poaching efforts.
In 2011 and 2012 ACT ran its successful Skydive for Rhino’s campaign. The funds raised have been used for aerial surveillance, advanced training for game reserve staff, the provision of equipment for rhino anti-poaching units (APUs) and community intervention programmes.
The Skydive for Rhinos campaign has morphed into a broader campaign called Act for Rhinos, which continues to raise funds for anti-poaching initiatives. To date, the ACT Rhino Fund has raised over R10 million for urgently needed rhino anti-poaching priorities in South Africa that are implemented by legitimate conservation groups that support large groups of threatened rhinos.

&BEYOND (Phinda Private Game Reserve)

&Beyond has made a significant contribution to the protection of rhino over the past 22 years. They have stepped up the security initiatives at their reserves and looked for other ways to ensure the survival of this majestic species. &Beyond works hand in hand with a number of conservation bodies and the communities surrounding their lodges, who are vital stakeholders in the conservation story. With neighbouring Botswana proven as a successful rhino habitat with a strong security and monitoring framework in place, one of the initiatives undertaken by &Beyond was the donation and translocation of six white rhino from South Africa to Botswana’s Okavango Delta.
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The Black Rhino Range Expansion Project creates new black rhino breeding populations on large areas of land, and supports rhino security on source populations such as Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, Mkhuze and Ithala. Seven new populations have been created since 2004.
Website: www.wwf.org.za


Conservation Outcomes is a non-profit organisation created to provide support to land that is being developed and managed for biodiversity conservation outside of traditional state protected areas.  The focus of the organisation is on securing remnant biodiversity, ecological integrity and resilience whilst contributing to poverty alleviation and meaningful socio-economic development in rural southern Africa through the development of the conservation and wildlife sector. The organisation provides a range of extension services, including site establishment, ongoing advice and support and long-term monitoring, to corporate, private and communally-owned conservation and protected areas.  The ultimate goal of the organisation is to secure the ecological integrity and resilience of many vulnerable rural areas in southern Africa.



EKZNW is KZN’s 100-year old provincial conservation authority. It is entrusted with the long-term conservation of the region’s rich biodiversity and manages 68 game reserves. It manages all rhino conservation programmes in KZN (both public and private parks) and is the primary body tasked with counteracting rhino poaching in KZN.
Key funding needs are: 16 Camera Traps, 15 Thermal Imaging cameras, Helicopter hours, 30 3-Watt LED torches and 50 tents.


The Game Rangers Association of Africa is training field rangers in the field, and through the South African Wildlife College and through other partnerships, it aims to standardise skills development in the profession and develop a ranger community of practice.
Their key funding need is for training in: field ranger skills, anti-poaching, advanced weapon handling, tracking, skills development, law enforcement, crime scene management, field ranger management and scene of the crime.


The HAWKS in KZN works closely and jointly with all Rhino stakeholders to successfully address the illegal hunting of rhino. There are dedicated investigators within the four units situated throughout the province. All rhino and rhino related cases and crime scenes are investigated by specialist and dedicated investigators. Information received is treated with the strictest confidence and followed up on. This has led to the arrest and dismantling of syndicates in other provinces and neighbouring countries.


The Aims and Objectives of the Honorary Officer Corps are:

  • To forge good relations between members and Ezemvelo and staff.
  • To promote the interests of Ezemvelo.
  • To render assistance to Ezemvelo where ever possible and required.
  • To promote the learning and understanding of all aspects of the environmental education and protection with the Public.

The Honorary Officer Corps is a volunteer service organisation to supplement and support the staff of Ezemvelo in their conservation work within the protected areas and District Conservation Areas.  The Ezemvelo staff and Honorary Officers work and undertake essential work and on agreed projects by raising funds where required.
The Honorary Officers are currently working with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife in a supportive role in the rhino security work so as to release the staff to concentrate on their anti-poaching patrols.



In 2012, in partnership with the Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization, East Coast Radio launched Rhino Watch; a campaign that has thus far raised over R1 million to secure helicopter support for Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. To support this project, donations can be made directly to the Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization. Having lost two rhino to poachers already and after successfully rehabilitating two orphaned rhino, Thula Thula Private Game Reserve will also be setting up a rehabilitation centre in the near future. You can contact admin@thula-thula.co.za for more information.


Dr Ian Player’s Magqubu Ntombela Foundation has established a team of legal, intelligence gathering and forensic experts whose primary aim is to provide support to Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and the SAPS in their efforts to combat Rhino poaching. They also provide advice and support to other members of Project Rhino KZN.
Funding is needed for: information networks and legal assistance to members of Project Rhino KZN ,the National Prosecuting Authority and the South African Police.
Website: www.mnf.org.za


We see the survival of our Rhino and all wildlife in Africa like the African 3-legged pot that provides food: if one leg collapses, we will all go hungry. Space for Elephants’ rhino work includes:
1. Protecting Rhinos in the field
2. Working with communities and schools, educating them on the value of rhino to South Africa
3. Intelligence and information gathering
Critical Funding needs: education programmes in schools bordering reserves, monitoring of rhino populations in two vulnerable reserves (vehicle and foot patrols) and 6 camera traps.


The Thanda Foundation is dedicated to educating and informing communities bordering the Thanda Private Game Reserve of the need to protect the wildlife legacy and biodiversity of northern KwaZulu-Natal. In recognition of the dire situation of the African rhino, Thanda is one of the founding members of Project Rhino KZN and is actively involved in its conservation efforts.
Thanda needs help with the following anti-poaching equipment: Binoculars, sleeping bags, raincoats, water drums 200l, galvanised shower buckets, torches, gas cookers, first aid kits, camera traps and cell phones.
Website: www.thanda.com


The WESSA Rhino Initiative is involved in 1) direct anti-poaching interventions aimed at reducing and preventing rhino poaching and 2) fundraising to support these initiatives. The WESSA actions are also focused on short and longterm impacts. Some of the short-term actions include rhino poaching information-gathering, supporting the collection of rhino DNA samples for registration onto the National Rhino DNA database (RHoDIS) and implementing critically-needed training for field rangers and conservation managers. Longterm interventions involve education and awareness of all age groups but with particular focus on the youth. Another important area of work is to foster stronger collaboration between rhino owners (both private and public) for improved area security management.
Key funding needs are for: local and international information gathering programmes, DNA collection, education and awareness campaigns and anti-poaching training.
Website: www.wessa.org.za


African rhinos are iconic and wilderness-dependent species. The Wilderness Action Group is committed to ensuring that South Africa’s wilderness areas are protected and effectively managed for the long-term survival of our rhinos for the benefit of current and future generations.


The Wilderness Leadership School (WLS) was founded over 50 years ago as the vision of Dr Ian Player and his friend and mentor, Magqubu Ntombela. WLS is a non-profit organisation which falls under the management oversight of the Wilderness Foundation, and is part of the Foundation’s experiential education programme. The school fits in well with the Wilderness Foundation’s vision to protect and sustain African wilderness and wildlands through integrated conservation and education programmes. The WLS has recognised the opportunity to work with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife’s Rhino Ambassadors youth development program in providing a layered experiential educational component to the overall campaign to provide these 400 ambassadors with a direct experience of nature. For many of these young people from communities surrounding the reserve, a trail provides a first-hand opportunity to view wild animals in their natural habitat and an opportunity to learn respect for the role that these animals play in conservation, biodiversity and eco –tourism.


The Wildlands Conservation Trust’s Rhino Conservation Project aims to preserve rhino populations in KwaZulu-Natal by employing advanced surveillance technologies (GPS & GSM tracking) to improve monitoring and security.
Funding needs: GPS/GSM tracking equipment for rhinos in a community-owned game reserve and rhino monitoring patrols. You can also adopt a rhino.


The Wildlife ACT Fund supports rhino monitoring projects in KZN and on WWF – Black Rhino Range Expansion sites. We also currently manage the rhino monitoring work on Somkhanda Game Reserve, and assist with monitoring efforts on Thanda, Tembe, Mkhuze and Hluhluwe-iMfolozi game reserves.In partnership with WildAID and the Rhino Reality campaign, Wildlife ACT Fund also aims to inform, involve and inspire those in Asia to end the demand for rhino horn.
Key funding needs: camera traps for five game reserves, rhino monitoring teams, ear notching (for identification purposes) and public service announcements.
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Zululand Rhino Reserve (ZRR) was proclaimed as a Nature Reserve under the Protected Areas Act (Act 57 of 2003), and was one of the first BRREP (Black Rhino Range Expansion Project) sites. This is a project facilitated by WWF, which saw black rhinos from Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Reserves being placed on private land, which acts as a custodian site for the rhinos. ZRR has significant populations of both white and the more endangered black rhinos, and has intensive monitoring and security programs in place to ensure these are effectively managed and protected. As part of our security program, we are in the process of establishing additional field ranger picket camps in the reserve, and need to source equipment to set these up. Our primary needs are for tents, 'Jojo' type water tanks, bedrolls, solar panels and batteries. By setting up these new camps we will have better area coverage of the entire reserve, and better ability to detect and react to poaching incursions.