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