9 September 2014
If poaching continues at its current rate, rhino as a species will be extinct in the wild within 10 years.
- A collaboration with the Joaquim Chissano Foundation in Mozambique, which is working with the Mozambican government towards launching an anti-poaching and counter-trafficking programme, as well as the deployment of sniffer dogs on trafficking routes. A noteworthy element of this programme is the establishment of research and information gathering capabilities in Mozambique, to support the effectiveness of the programme and policy making.
- An agreement with Mozambique’s Ministry of Tourism to further counter poaching activity by upgrading field communications technology used by rangers, as well as a shared radio communications systems across the international border. The agreement further includes providing training, incentives and equipment to rangers and improving rangers’ working conditions within Limpopo National Park, which abuts Kruger National Park. Together the two parks form a core component of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. An essential component of this project entails supporting the judicial system in Mozambique to effectively implement the new Conservation Areas Act that will bring about much stiffer penalties for anyone involved in illicit wildlife product trafficking.
- In KwaZulu-Natal, in partnership with Ezemvelo, drones (unmanned aerial vehicles or UAV’s) have been deployed on a trial basis to test the capability of an assortment of UAV technologies as instruments to support Ezemvelo’s conservation law enforcement and anti-poaching operations in the varying environmental and operational conditions. The use of UAV’s is specifically intended to provide law enforcement officers with aerial support at night and thus reduce the risk faced by ground staff. So far the project has already had some positive impact and the presence of UAV’s in the reserves has been instrumental in disrupting illegal activities in general.
- In association with Ezemvelo, tests are being run as part of research to find the most viable and effective means to devalue the horns of live rhino. The study is expected to be concluded by the end of 2014 and a programme will only be deployed once it is clear which method or a combination of methods will be the most effective devaluation strategy. The research and development of all the devaluation methods looks closely at animal welfare and animal health as part of the process.
- The use of tracking technology through the placement of tracking devices on rhino. Ezemvelo has made significant progress with investigations into the use of tracking technology and has identified various rhino reserves that may benefit from the use of tracking technology to manage the welfare and security of vulnerable rhino populations. Due to the sensitive nature of the project no further details can be divulged;
- The option of stimulating the controlled irradiation of rhino horns and thus create a detectable “radioactive” signature tag on rhino horn; and
- The chemical alteration of rhino horn, which investigates means to alter the internal colour, taste or smell of rhino horn through the use of approved chemical substances that will remove its commercial value for consumption.
- In the Kruger National Park, a variety of projects have been developed together with SANParks and are being prepared for implementation. These range from surveillance technology, equipment and training, to the care of rhino orphans and supporting wildlife veterinary surgeons to treat injured and traumatised rhino.
- Apart from extensive projects in the field, combatting international crime around the smuggling of rhino horn is essential. WWF Netherlands, as a co-recipient of the Dream Fund, is establishing an independent Wildlife Justice Commission that will collect evidence, prepare legal cases, and coordinate political lobbying and public pressure to stop wildlife crime. The design phase has already been completed.
- Peace Parks Foundation is also working with local partners and with partners in Vietnam to educate consumers and reduce the demand in rhino horn.
Peace Parks Foundation will share regular updates on the progress of its Rhino Protection Programme on this page.
29 January 2018A new integrated anti-poaching approach for Ezemvelo rhino reserves
On 24 January 2018, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife officially opened a new central anti-poaching command and control, or so-called ‘nerve centre’, in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi (HiP) Park. The nerve centre forms thread more
27 November 2017Protecting the 'birthplace of rhino'
The birthplace of rhino” – this is the name often given to Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park (HiP) in KwaZulu-Natal where the southern white rhino was saved from the brink of extinction half a century ago.read more
27 July 2017'We can make a difference,' says Vietnamese Youth
The continued senseless killing of African rhino for their horn, is driven by the demand for horn in primary consumer countries in Asia, such as Vietnam and China. More than 90% of horn goes to or thrread more
6 July 2017Lions poisoned for bone trade
[Maputo, 5 July 2017] On 3 July 2017 the tracks of three poachers were detected in the Intensive Protection Zone of Limpopo National Park, Mozambique. These were followed and it became clear that theread more
28 June 2017Dynamic alliance established to bolster rhino anti-poaching efforts
On the western boundary of Kruger National Park (KNP), private and community-owned game reserves - represented as the Greater Kruger Environmental Protection Foundation (GKEPF) - have joined forces wiread more
12 May 2017More than 10 000 Vietnamese businesspeople reached
Quang Ninh, Viet Nam, May 2017—Since June 2015, more than 10 000 businesspeople across 45 Vietnamese cities and provinces have gained the tools and methods to adopt corporate social responsibility (read more
11 April 2017In order to stop the killing, we have to stop the demand.
The demand for rhino horn in Asian countries remains one of the main driving forces behind the escalation in poaching of rhinos in Southern Africa, with more than 80% of illegally trafficked rhino horread more
16 March 2017No more ‘hiding in the dark’ for poachers entering Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park, South Africa – A group of three poachers move silently through the bushveld, hidden from the naked eye by the darkness of night. Armed with a rifle and carrying a grim collectiread more
19 January 2017 Cooking up a storm to encourage legal and sustainable foods for the Lunar New Year holidays, instead of threatened wildlife
Hanoi, Viet Nam — TRAFFIC and the Centre for Women and Development (CWD) held a cooking competition in Hanoi in January where nearly 100 people showed their commitment to wildlife protection.read more
12 January 2017TRAFFIC brings hospitality enterprises together to stop illegal wildlife trade
Hanoi, Viet Nam— In December, nearly 50 representatives from hotel and tourism enterprises were equipped with the tools to adopt corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies that reject the consumread more