OSCAP - Anti Poaching

Link to the wild

To protect endangered species of rhino and bring an end to the illegal wildlife trade. To encourage global action by working closely with several rhino groups, government departments and international wildlife agencies.

The Project

To help supply equipment and associated running costs for the rhino ambulance and orphanage. Contribute to the costs involved in rehabilitating injured or orphan rhinos, as well as provide anti-poaching patrols.

The Target
£2k

OSCAP, or “Outraged South African Citizens Against Rhino Poaching”, is an African-based organisation whose aim is to protect endangered species of rhino and bring an end to the illegal wildlife trade. They encourage global action and participation in the ongoing crisis by working closely with several rhino groups, NGO’s, and government departments along with local and international wildlife agencies.

What is a poacher’s motivation to kill a rhino? Sadly, it is the monetary value of their horn. This has increased drastically in recent years.Rhino horn is made of keratin – nothing more than the same material as human fingernails and hair. In some countries it is, however, believed to have medicinal abilities which cure ailments and improve health. In others, it is a luxurious material used for carving traditional objects. Even though all such medicinal beliefs have been proven wrong scientifically, and the struggle of this species advertised globally, the desire for rhino horn products appears stronger than ever.

Thankfully, due to organisations such as OSCAP, there is some hope for the future. OSCAP started in 2011 and amongst its vast array of duties (including fighting corruption in South Africa) it supports onsite, proactive projects such as the Rhino Rescue Project. Their aim is to devalue rhino horn from the consumer’s perspective by treating and dying it, while leaving the animal unharmed. A further OSCAP supported project, The Rhino Orphanage, does exactly what it says on the tin! At the current rate adult rhinos are being poached, the young would have no chance of survival if not for the ongoing support of such organisations. With your help, we can continue to help supply equipment, run the Rhino Orphanage ambulance, rehabilitate injured or orphan rhinos, as well as provide anti-poaching patrols.

Where your money goes

Limpopo Province

Project Leader

Graeme Alexander. Large Mammal Keeper

I work with our white rhinos every day and have developed close bonds with these gentle giants. We worked with OSCAP last year, raising money to purchase cameras for anti-poaching units for rhino protection.  Having worked closely with them before I am eager to work with them again to raise funds for further valuable projects, and work towards eradicating rhino poaching.

Common name
Rhino
Scientific name
Ceratotherium simum
Location
South Africa
Lifespan
Approx. 40 years in the wild
Fast facts
• The rhino is the most threatened of Africa’s “Big Five” species
• Rhino horns have many uses – to the rhino! They are used for digging, uprooting shrubs, protection, and impressing the opposite sex to name a few
• There are five species of rhino in world – the White, Black, Great one-horned, Sumatran, and Javan rhino
• Throughout Earth’s history there have been many other, now extinct, species of rhino such as the woolly rhinoceros!
Conservation status
Near threatened