February 14, 2017

Who we are

Purpose and Scope

Now in its seventh year of operations, Project Rhino brings together organisations with a common vision and goal, identifies synergies through an integrated, common approach, and collectively is a representative body which carries powerful leverage ability.

Key Aims:

To secure all rhinos in KwaZulu-Natal from the threat of poaching so that their numbers continue to increase and contribute to the national and global rhino populations, for the benefit of current and future generations:

  • Prevent duplication of projects / fundraising events;
  • Consolidate resources for maximum impact;
  • Create a common vision;
  • Create credibility with the general public;
  • Educate the public and rural communities bordering KZN game reserves;
  • Collaborate, support and promote Project Rhino members;
  • Ensure collaboration, coordination and communication;
  • Create a space for information sharing and a community of learning;
  • Create a credible platform for fundraising and partnerships;
  • Provide a centralised communications hub to media, public, government and global like-minded organisations;
  • Maintain records of activities and actively engage with each member;
  • Conduct reviews, benchmark successes and identify shortfalls in poaching interventions.

Objectives and focal areas:

  • Increased intelligence capabilities – information and informant networks;
  • Increased surveillance – using both traditional and new technologies (aerial etc);
  • Increased field ranger competency (training);
  • Increased advocacy (legal aspects);
  • Increased communication sharing (central repository for information);
  • Increased public awareness and education.



  1. African Conservation Trust
  2. Black Rhino Range Expansion Project (WWF)
  3. Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (Provincial Conservation Agency)
  4. Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA)
  5. Lawrence Anthony Earth Organisation
  6. Magqubu Ntombela Foundation
  7. Manyoni Private Game Reserve (previously Zululand Rhino Reserve)
  8. Phinda Private Game Reserve (& Beyond)
  9. Space for Elephants
  10. Thanda Foundation
  11. Thanda Private Game Reserve
  12. Wildlife & Environmental Society of Southern Africa (WESSA)
  13. Wildlife ACT Fund
  14. Wildlands Conservation Trust
  15. Wilderness Action Group
  16. Wilderness Foundation
  17. The Wilderness Leadership School
  18. KwaZulu-Natal Directorate for Priority Crimes (Hawks)

Click here for more detail on our members.


Private Game Reserves: 24. Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Game Reserves: 8

  Private Game Reserves   Private Game Reserves
1 Eskhoteni 25 Mawela Private Game Reserve
2 Falaza Game Park 26 Msinsi/ Albert Falls
3 H&H Ranch 27 Nambiti Private Game Reserve
4 Hluhluwe Farms Conservancy 28 Tala Game Reserve
5 Kube Yini 29 Umphafa
6 KwaZulu Private Game Reserve 30 Zulu Waters
7 Mahlalela Game Reserve   Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Game Reserves
Manyoni Private Game Reserve
31 Spionkop
9 Mduna Royal Reserve 32 Weenen Game Reserve
10 Phinda Private Reserve    
11 Pongola Game Reserve – East    
12 Pongola Game Reserve – North  
13 Somkhanda Community Game Reserve  
14 Thanda Private Game Reserve  
15 Thula Thula Game Reserve  
16 Ubizane  
17 Zimanga Game Reserve  
18 Zulu Nyala Private Game Reserve  
  Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Game Reserves  
19 Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park  
20 Ndumo Game Reserve  
21 Pongola Biosphere Reserve  
22 Tembe Elephant Park  
23 uMkhuze Game Reserve  
24 iSimangaliso Wetland Park