22 September 2014
- Field rangers are being trained and the skills of existing staff have been enhanced;
- Detectives and prosecutors are undergoing wildlife crime scene training courses;
- Rangers are being supported with operational and tactical equipment such as night vision goggles;
- Secure communication networks are being established across the province’s rhino reserves;
- The use of technology in the form of surveillance cameras at strategic locations and the testing of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones); and
- Resources have been provided to strengthen the capacity of wildlife veterinary surgeons to treat the rhino that survive the brutal attacks by poachers and to take rhino orphans into care.
Werner Myburgh, CEO of Peace Parks Foundation said: “We are very pleased to see the first projects from lotteries’ grant get off the ground. Since the funding was received in May, a number of project implementation agreements have been signed, research and other projects started. These projects are the first of more to come in other areas in our region to secure rhino populations”
On this World Rhino Day, please see this page for the latest news on the Rhino Protection Programme.
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29 January 2018A new integrated anti-poaching approach for Ezemvelo rhino reserves
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27 July 2017'We can make a difference,' says Vietnamese Youth
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6 July 2017Lions poisoned for bone trade
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28 June 2017Dynamic alliance established to bolster rhino anti-poaching efforts
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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