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.

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Rhino Poaching

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.

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How Your Donation Saves Rhinos At Rockwood

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.

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VOLUNTEERING TO SAVE WHITE RHINO

Volunteer Your Gap Year To Save The White Rhino

Using your gap year to volunteer for a cause in need is a sure way to find out who you really are. As Mahatma Gandhi said: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” So, where do you want to lose yourself? With 1 million species now critically endangered, our wildlife needs all the help it can get.

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Wicus, owner of Rockwood and a rhino calf

Why Become A Philanthropist For Rhinos

The reasons for becoming a philanthropist are easy enough to understand. Most of us genuinely want to make the world a better place. It’s also a well-known fact, doing good feels good. It’s probably one of our most human traits. Helping others with no obvious benefit to ourselves is what separates us from every other species.

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RHINO POACHING

South Africa Boasts Decline In Rhino Poaching

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 very good news for rhino conservation.

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Is Private Conservation the Last Hope?

From a population of around 10 000 white rhinos and 600 black rhinos in 2010, the numbers are now down to approximately 3 549 white rhinos and 268 black rhinos. Most rhinos were poached in Kruger National Park. If this trend continues, the entire rhino population currently protected by Kruger might be wiped out by 2030.

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How Many Rhinos Are Left?

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.

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SAVE THE SOUTHERN WHITE RHINO

Become A Philanthropist At Rockwood

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.

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white rhino

Science To Save The White Rhino

In a significant breakthrough for rhino conservation, scientists have successfully created three northern white rhino embryos. With the last remaining male northern white rhino dying in 2018 and only two critically endangered females left in the world, this is a massive step for the subspecies’ survival. Can the white rhino be saved?

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Wildlife Conservation Victim of Pandemic

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.

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