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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
So you’ve decided on South Africa for your next adventure, but the offers and ads that Google spits out from travel websites, airlines and tour companies are quite overwhelming. We might be able to help with some inside advice. Read on to find out how to choose the right travel agency while avoiding tourist traps.
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.
There are two things every single person in the world has in common – the planet we live on and a choice. We can choose to be seeds – small yet significant and full of potential. Or we can be parasites – self-serving, destructive, harming the very host keeping us alive, the Earth. We can choose to give more or take more.
Are you inquisitive? Do you love change, adventure and discovering new places, new horizons and new ways of looking at the world? Most importantly, do you care? South Africa is home to some of Africa’s most important conservation projects where wildlife experts are fighting the threats to wildlife and biodiversity daily.
After the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, many of China’s wet markets (where animals are sold as food or pets) were shut down. ‘Wildlife’ markets, on the other hand, sell live wild animals (often illegally obtained). The commercial sale of wild animals for pets, traditional medicines, or ornamental uses has not been outlawed.