SAVE THE RHINO
Save the Rhino believe they can stop poaching and habitat loss so that, in 20 years’ time, rhinos will no longer be Critically Endangered. They are working with the best people and using every tool they can to save rhinos.
Rhino poaching has reached crisis point, and across the globe rhino habitat is shrinking. It’s shocking that today, three of the five species of rhino are Critically Endangered, and two of them have fewer than 80 animals left in the wild.
The good news is that together we can stop poaching and habitat loss so that in 20 years’ time, rhinos will no longer be near extinction. But we need to act now.
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WHAT THEY DO
Support ranger teams
They ensure that ranger teams have the kit they need to do their job. In the last decade, more than 1,000 rangers worldwide have lost their lives in the line of duty, yet they often don’t have the basic equipment they need to protect rhino populations.
Through providing the best basics they can – like good quality shoes, backpacks and accommodation – they make sure rangers like Dean have the best chance to stay safe and protect wildlife.
EXPAND CANINE UNITS
Tracking and detection dogs are an invaluable addition to field programmes’ anti-poaching patrols and technologies.
Dog squads are used to detect illegally smuggled wildlife products, track and apprehend poachers and find lost children and stolen property. We have been able to expand canine units across the projects they fund, helping to apprehend poaching criminals.
Through the funds raised, they give money to planned and emergency veterinary interventions and browse and supplements for rhino calves being hand-reared in bomas or bred in the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary,
expansion of the bomas, and transmitters and radio frequency tags to help track rhinos in the wild.
They help protect all five rhino species, with an emphasis on the three Critically Endangered species: the Black, Sumatran and Javan.
THE STORY BEHIND SAVE THE RHINO
Their founders and rhino enthusiasts, Dave Stirling and Johnny Roberts took themselves on a ‘Rhino Scramble’ across Africa, raising money and meeting many rhino conservationists along the way.
Filled with inspiration from their journey, the two returned to the UK, started Save the Rhino and began raising more money for rhino conservation. In keeping with the times, they found that their most popular way of raising money was a good old-fashioned rave.
It was around this time that they received a phone call that would change the face of the charity forever. William Todd-Jones, a British puppet designer and performer, had heard of the new charity and wanted to donate the costumes from the opera he was currently performing in: the infamous rhino costumes began.
Not ones to shy away from the unusual, Johnny and Dave said yes, and challenged Todd to join them in running the London Marathon…in full costume. He accepted the challenge, and runners have been taking part in the iconic outfit ever since.
Today Save the Rhino, led by CEO Cathy Dean, still takes every opportunity to prance about in these costumes; in fact, they now have twelve of them! They continue to take on extreme challenges across the world to raise money for rhino conservation, but have certainly come a long way from the early days.
Since 2001, Save the Rhino has grown from a small charity raising £300,000 a year, to where they are today, raising around £2,000,000 for programmes in six African and two Asian countries, for all five species of rhino.
Over 20 years from their humble beginnings with a big vision, this small team of nine still hold true to Dave’s founding principle that the money they raise “will be most effectively spent”. They work with expert partners and use tested technologies and relevant scientific research to ensure our investments in rhino conservation have the greatest impact.
They pride themselves on the fact that they do not simply follow the latest fads but make sure that all their funding decisions are nuanced and well-researched, and in the best interests of rhinos and the people who protect them.