OSCAP - Rhino conservation

Link to the wild

To protect endangered species of rhino and bring an end to the illegal wildlife trade. 

The Project

Providing essential equipment to game rangers working to project rhinos on the ground. To encourage global action by working closely with several rhino groups, government departments and international wildlife agencies. In 2019 we are specifically helping a Black Rhino population.

The Target
£2K

More than 7,000 Rhinos have been poached in the last decade –  the number of rhinos poached in South Africa alone has risen by 9000% in the last twelve years. Poaching is still a huge and very real threat to wild rhino populations.

Black rhino by Andrew Campbell

OSCAP is small project based in South Africa which works hard to safeguard these magnificent animals from the threat of extinction. Their work varies, from monitoring wild rhino movements, to rescuing rhino calves left orphaned by illegal poaching. Last year, with the guidance of OSCAP, we supported the Tracking and Conservation K9 Group (TCK9 Group) – a group of sniffer dogs helping to track poachers. In 2019 we are working with OSCAP to support the Game Rangers Association of Africa.

The Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA) have developed numerous projects, ranging from supporting rangers exposed to traumatic events, to training rangers in remote area first aid. All of these projects support rangers and ensure they have the necessary capability to perform their duties. Rangers need to be adequately equipped so that they can perform safely and optimally to maintain the integrity of wilderness areas. Each year, equipment is distributed to rangers across Africa, and can include uniform, field or office equipment, and vehicles.

Game Rangers Association of Africa

The funds raised by Blair Drummond Safari Park will be used to buy combat boots, and patrol equipment, which could include multipurpose knives, handcuffs, binoculars and torches.

In 2019 we are supporting the protection a population of Criticially Endangered black rhino, and all the animals who call their habitat home. Learn more about our southern white rhinos here.

Where your money goes

South Africa

Project Leader

Graeme - Large Mammal Keeper

I work with our white rhinos every day and have developed close bonds with these gentle giants. We have worked OSCAP for several years now, raising money to purchase equipment, run rhino orphanages, and train sniffer dogs.  I am eager to work with the Game Rangers Association aiding the protection of rhinos in the wild.

Common name
Rhino
Scientific name
Diceros bicornis
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 the world – the White, Black, Greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan.
• Throughout Earth’s history there have been many other, now extinct, species of rhino such as the woolly rhinoceros!
Conservation status
Critically endangered
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