- R10 000 donated to RhODIS® (Rhino DNA Index System) read more
- R6 000 donated to Project Rhino KZN read more
- R10 659 donated to Amakhosi Safari Lodge read more
- R30 000 donated to Spioenkop Nature Reserve read more
- R8 854 donated to Amakhosi Safari Lodge (Ranger equipment)
- R40 000 donated to Rhinoart
- R5 000 donated to the Rhino Orphanage
- R10 000 donated to Amakhosi Safari Lodge (Bullet proof vests)
- R10 000 donated to Project Rhino KZN – ZAP Wing
PROJECT RHINO KZN
Project Rhino KZN is an association of like-minded organisations facilitating rhino conservation interventions aimed at eliminating rhino poaching and securing the white and black rhino populations of KwaZulu – Natal. The members of project Rhino KZN recognise that the work in conserving and protecting rhinos from the threat of poaching is symbolic of the broader threat faced by all wildlife , and that all wildlife will benefit from actions taken by Project Rhino KZN. The association is also aware that the poaching of rhino is symptomatic of the overall, bigger environmental crisis facing South Africa and its neighbours.
RhODIS (Rhino DNA Index System) is a project that was initiated by the veterinary Genetics Laboratory of the University of Pretoria in order to help with the plight of rhinos. The Veterinary Genetics Laboratory is collecting DNA samples of rhinos across the country to create a database using the unique DNA profile of individual rhinos. The goal is for all rhinos to be on the system. This will deter poachers and assist in forensic prosecutions.
Amakhosi Lodge is an ongoing beneficiary of ours and a project to showcase the vital importance that private lodges have in protecting our Rhinos. Private lodges account for around 5000 of South Africa’s Rhino and sadly do not receive their share of funding to protect them. Many people do not realise that it was private ownership of Rhinos that saved them first time round under the auspices of the great Dr. Ian Player. The same is true of today. Private game reserves and lodges currently have security budgets that run into the hundreds of thousands of rands and are slowly loosing the will to keep Rhinos. Bottom line, they are just too expensive to keep. If we allow this to happen, it will not only be disastrous for the Rhinos, but for SA tourism as a whole. Imagine not being able to see the iconic “Big Five” anymore because the Rhino is just too expensive to look after. They need our help.
In an effort to fight the war against poaching, Rhino Art is aimed at local communities closest to National Parks and Game Reserves. These communities are at times the silent witnesses to the slaughter. Rhino Art increases conservation awareness amongst the youth and cultivates the next generation of wildlife ‘ambassadors’ that has a vested interest in the protection of rhino and other endangered species.
AREAS OF SUPPORT
We support established organisations and assist initiatives and projects in the following areas:
- All rhinos recorded on a single database, including rhinos outside SA.
- Captured rhino horn can be traced and linked to poachers and poaching attacks.
- More reliable than tracking systems as DNA is permanent.
- Has already been instrumental in numerous criminal convictions.
HORN TREATMENT AND POISONING
- Combination of poison and dye.
- Spoils the horn making it poisonous to ingest. Not poisonous to the rhino.
- The dye also shows up on x-ray so traceable at airports.
- Warning signs displayed on treated game farm perimeters is a great deterrent for poachers.
ANTI POACHING INTELLIGENCE
- Aimed at targeting the higher levels of poaching, the syndicate bosses.
- We will not win this war if we don’t stop the syndicates and crime bosses driving the trade.
- Building information networks within communities harbouring poachers.
- Educating future generations on the importance of saving and protecting rhinos.
- Educating people regarding the supposed value of rhino horn.
- Essential for the long term survival of rhinos.
- Sniffer and trackers dogs need to be trained.
- Tracker dogs trained in following rhinos and poachers in the field.
- Sniffer dogs are trained to pick up different scents e.g. Rifles, horn and blood, and can be used at various interception points.
AIR SURVEILANCE AND SUPPORT
- Air patrols are vital in not only tracking down poachers but in preventing attacks.
- Able to cover large areas of bush very quickly as well as covering areas not accessible by vehicle.
- Very useful in rhino monitoring as well as anti-poaching.
- Can assist in rhino capture.
ANTI-POACHING TRAINING AND EQUIPMENT
- Anti-poaching Units (APU’s) risk their lives protecting rhinos on the frontline and therefore have to be highly trained. Military training is required.
- They are the Rhinos last line of defence against poachers.
- Advanced military equipment and technologies need to be embraced and funded.
12Hours has set up a process whereby individuals, bodies or corporations protecting Rhinos may apply for funding from our Rhino Bank.
Please contact us for more information regarding this process.
We are very proud and excited to announce that 12Hours has taken on its very first project. In collaboration with Amakhosi Game Reserve in KZN, we have committed to funding an ongoing exercise to protect their Rhinos. There have been numerous poaching attempts in this region over the last couple months and with the help of 12Hours we hope to keep their Rhinos unscathed. The reason and concept behind this project is simple. We want to explore and fund different methods of protecting their Rhinos and learn as we progress.
The needs of the project will evolve with the successes of the different approaches employed. This is a proactive method of protection and it will go a long way in ensuring the safety of these rhinos. We have already helped improve their communication systems and provided better equipment for their rangers on the ground. The APU’s (Anti Poaching Units) are the unsung heroes in this war, the last line of defence for our Rhinos and we want them to be properly equipped and trained.