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What does WWF do to help rhinos?

In response to the dramatic increase in rhino poaching, on Rhino Day 2012 WWF-SA launched a National program to strengthen and support rhino conservation efforts in South Africa

The five key objectives:

  1. Continuing to protect key rhino populations and create new, resilient populations in South Africa through our Black Rhino Range Expansion Project (BRREP).
  2. Develop buffers in among communities who live amongst and around rhinos as the first critical line of defense.
  3. Support and tighten pro-active law enforcement efforts to break illegal trade chains.
  4. Improve co-operation between South Africa and countries demanding rhino horn.
  5. Understand the dynamics of the trade in rhino horn to better influence demand.

Rhino conservation: How can you help?

  1. Raise funds or donate money. Rhino conservation is expensive and demands a massive ongoing effort on the ground from the heroes who defend our rhinos.
  2. Report anything suspicious to your local conservation authority or contact the Department of Environmental Affairs Rhino Hotline: 0800 205 005.
  3. Visit game reserves. Share your love for rhinos with people who don’t yet understand their plight.

Rhino Relocation

Black rhinos moved to new home by helicopter from WWF on Vimeo.

A group of 19 critically endangered black rhinos were recently relocated under WWF’s Black Rhino Range Expansion Project (BRREP). The project largely supported by the Mazda Wildlife Fund, is a partnership between WWF, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, and the Eastern Cape Parks & Tourism Board.

WWF BRREP (Black Rhino Range Expansion Project):

The Black Rhino Range Expansion Project (BRREP) aims to increase numbers and growth rate of the critically endangered black rhino. It does this through facilitating partnerships between landowners with good black rhino habitat.

Since the project began in 2003, eight new black rhino populations have been created in South Africa relocating more than 130 black rhino. To date, over 40 calves have been born on project sites. The sites have also benefitted many other species such as elephant, vultures, leopard tortoises and wild dog.

As well as creating new populations, the BRREP supports the security of black rhino source populations by providing equipment for anti-poaching work, financing veterinary and helicopter requirements, supporting rhino monitors on the ground and purchasing light aircraft and drones for aerial surveillance.

WWF ARP (African Rhino Program)

The African Rhino Program (ARP) coordinates WWF’s investment in rhino conservation across Africa. It works closely with TRAFFIC (wildlife trade monitoring network), rhino expert groups and WWF’s various regional program and country offices. The ARP provides technical and leadership support to ensure overall coordination of rhino-related projects. Strategically, ARP raises the profile of rhinos globally and creates awareness for greater corporate and civil society responsibility towards rhino conservation presents increased funding streams and opportunities.


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