OUR LOVE FOR RHINOS IS OUR MAIN STORY
We aim to solve the complexity of what it takes to save Rhinos.
The issues go deep and not everything is as simple as keeping poachers away.
We’re sure you have some questions.
Here are some of your frequently asked questions. Please contact us for any queries.
South Africa’s recently released rhino poaching statistics confirm a drop in the country’s rhino poaching numbers. The numbers reveal a 26% decline from 769 rhinos poached in 2018, to 564 poached in 2019. As the fifth consecutive year to reflect a downward trend in poached rhinos, this is good news for rhino conservation. Read more about it here.
Despite white rhino populations worsening in recent years, due to high levels of poaching, they remain more numerous than black rhinos. Read more here.
There is no colour difference between the black and the white rhino species. Read about their differences here.
Anti-poaching units and government-funded national game reserves do their best to protect our wildlife. Read more here.
Our rhino population might be wiped out in as little as ten years. Read about private conservation efforts here.
Private rhino conservations like Rockwood self-fund all the high-tech security, ranger costs, rhino feed, veterinary care and more needed to safeguard their animals. They hand-rear baby rhinos whose moms can’t look after them. They also pour money into research and repopulation efforts, with the hope of one day relocating rhinos into the wild or, at least, to wild reserves and parks. Read more about our challenges here.
Rhino horn is highly valued as a status symbol and used for traditional medicine in countries such as Vietnam and China – the largest markets for illegally trafficked rhino horn in the world. Read more about it here.
Financial donations are all spent on the care and protection of our rhinos. This include money spent on security and fencing, feed, vetinary aid, DNA profiling, research, and learning centres. You can read more about how we spend our funds here. We are also eager to open our books to anyone that wishes to see what the funding covers.
Nature is declining globally at previously unimagined rates. One million species are careering toward extinction. How can you help end one of Africa’s most urgent wildlife crises? It doesn’t mean you have to donate financially. One of the best ways to contribute to real change in the world is to volunteer your time.
When considering volunteering projects abroad, it’s essential to know what you’re getting yourself in to. Supporting local projects gives you the chance to get to see a country from a different perspective – but it needs to be a safe and healthy environment. There are a lot of stereotypes about Africa, but what’s the reality?
Rockwood owner, Wicus, and his teams of rangers are on guard 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help protect rhinos. Health checks and collecting blood, milk and many other samples for research takes whole teams of research scientists, students, rangers and volunteers. You can help too by volunteering to work at Rockwood.
2020 hasn’t been easy for anyone — the effects of Covid-19 reached far and wide, and were felt in the realm of rhino conservation too. But, no matter what challenges come our way, we persevere and give our all to saving the Southern white rhino. We’d like to share nine conservation success stories from Rockwood for 2020.
No matter where they are in the world, you can join the fight to save the African rhino. Apart from visiting us as a tourist or volunteer, you can sponsor a rhino or donate towards their care. We provide a detailed breakdown of what it takes to care for rhinos, so you know that your donation goes directly towards conservation.
We’re always looking for new ways to initiate rhino conservation. So when South Africa’s leading grill company, Megamaster, approached us about a collaboration, we were super excited. The key ingredient in Megamaster’s innovative new eco-friendly firelighter, called Rhino Balls, is our very own rhinos’ dung.
The three rhino subspecies in Asia, two of which, the Javan and Sumatran rhino, are listed as critically endangered. Estimates put their numbers at fewer than a hundred. The world’s last male northern white rhino died on 20 March 2018. His female and daughter are still alive, but no further breeding is now possible.
Rhinos sit at the top of the food chain since they have no natural predators. Yet, poaching is driving an entire species to extinction for body parts. Over the last 20 years, we’ve discovered just how much a single species disappearing from an area can create unpredictable imbalances in an ecosystem.
Deciding to volunteer abroad is a big step. You choose to spend your time on a cause instead of a vacation with your friends or family. Volunteering means putting yourself and what you want aside and instead focus on the needs of others, animals or communities. So, you should find a cause you care about sincerely.
South African Minister of Environment, Barbara Creecy, has proposed increasing the yearly number of black rhinos that can be hunted from five to a maximum of 10 animals. Thankfully, a permitting and monitoring system is in place – stipulating that only older, post-reproductive or ‘problem’ bulls are permitted.
In the late 1800s, about 850 000 black rhinos existed in Africa. But, due to unregulated killing, only 100 000 remained by 1960. By 1995, just 2410 black rhinos remained. However, Africa’s black rhino population has more than doubled since the 1990s. Could we finally be seeing a payoff to decades of committed rhino conservation?
With over-population and climate change threatening almost all forms of life on Earth today, the list for needy causes is endless. Wildlife volunteering helps out conservations more than the eye can see. But how do you choose which one of the many conservation efforts in South Africa needs your time the most?