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Project Rhino was launched on World Rhino Day, 22 September 2011. It is a rhino-focussed association that brings together a provincial government conservation body, private and community-owned reserves, rhino owners, leading conservation NGOs and anti-poaching security specialists in the common aim of fighting wildlife crime.

Stats for the last 24 months are as follows:

  • Over the last 24 months, our K9 team removed 2706 snares on patrol, responded to 188 emergency call outs
  • Made 38 apprehensions of criminals supported in arresting 10 illegal immigrants
  • Retrieved 4 illegal firearms, fourteen .375 rounds of ammunition,  4 knives and one carpenter saw
  • Recovered stolen goods from 19 incidences, recovered 9 high jacked vehicles, responded to 10 armed robbery / burglary cases
  • Dealt with 1 abduction case and successfully found the missing person
  • Our team also retrieved poached rhino horn from 2 vehicles, narcotics from 3 separate incidences where arrests were made (+/- 6kgs narcotics, 2x truck loads of counterfeit goods worth R15million). Since July 2023 we started recording the amount of carcasses we retrieve during patrols - from July to December 20 carcasses were found
  • During this same 24 month period the Zululand Anti-Poaching Airwing has flown a total of 977 hours. During which 13 Poached rhino were found
  • 2 wounded rhinos were detected and successfully treated and 4 calves from poached females were located and successfully moved to a rhino orphanage 
  • The Zapwing has also responded to a call out where dog poachers were found illegally in a member reserve. It has been instrumental in finding rhinos during dehorning and collaring projects reducing the helicopter time required. 29 292 learners were reached with the conservation message over the last 24 months
Project Rhino Profile and update 2024
Project Rhino Annual Report
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