33 rhino were poached for their horn in South Africa in 2010. During 2011 it grew further to more than 440 animals. 2012 brought no respite as the figure rocketed to 668 animals. These horns are brutally hacked off after the rhino is immobilised or killed by either a drug or by shooting the animal. Horrific stories of mutilated rhino dying a painful death after these attacks are common.
By 2014 the frightening numbers rocketed past a thousand two hundred animals a year.
A dedicated and sustained effort is however slowly starting to make a positive impact and the 2015 numbers showed the first, though small, decline in numbers with 40 less animals being poached than the previous year.
As you are reading this page, more than two rhino per day are being poached in South Africa. The rise in elephant poaching in the rest of Africa is also a concerning omen and the first elephants have been poached in Kruger National Park.
This is only one form of poaching, but throughout our National Parks and other game reserves all types of poaching threaten the existence of many species of animals.
Snares are another simple, yet brutally effective way in which many animals are captured. These wire nooses slip across an animal's neck or limbs and strangle it to death or hold it tightly until the animal dies of thirst or due to a loss of blood.
Poachers deploy hundreds of snares which maim and kill indiscriminately. These deadly traps can remain undetected for many years, waiting for its victim.
Field rangers and dedicated counter poaching teams patrol our parks in the battle against poaching. This battle is severe and many people have lost their lives in skirmishes between poachers and rangers. The poachers are often armed with military attack machine guns and high calibre hunting rifles.
The support of these counter poaching teams is top priority for the SANParks Honorary Rangers. We help supply the necessary equipment the rangers need to do their work. This varies from supplying back packs and tents for rangers going on counter poaching patrols, or equipping them with GPS units, to supplying specialised counter poaching teams with night vision equipment for surveillance and rifle mounted night vision equipment for engagements.
Because we are a volunteer organisation we have low overhead costs. This is funded by our own money. This means that no money is sourced from our donations and accordingly every cent of your donation will reach the intended counter poaching projects.
We are furthermore one of a handful of organisations with a proven track record in conservation and a financial control system which can guarantee that the funds donated by our supporters actually reach the problem area to make a meaningful difference.
You can now support this effort via a secure online donation via our Givengain site.
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