We received a call from a local plant nursery in need of some help with a Cape or South African porcupine. In this short video you will see that we were able to capture the creature and release it safely onto the reserve. The porcupine was clearly delighted with his new found freedom.
Rhino Thembi, our symbol of hope, is 3 months old today. She has been closely watched by Kariega intern Angie Goody. Read this delightful account of their first meeting and other encounters. "It has been an absolute honour and privilege to spend the last three months back at Kariega observing and documenting Thembi’s growth" says Angie.
Ayesha Cantor is the driving force behind Rhino Friday, the sharing of rhino related information via digital media each Friday. Find out how rhino conservationist Dr Ian Player, Thandi and her new calf Thembi inspire her.
It is fitting that our last story of how Thandi has inspired positive action is from wildlife vet Dr William Fowlds. Dr Fowlds was called on the morning of 2 March 2012 when our team found that three rhinos had been poached at Kariega. Since then he has shared the story of Thandi, Themba and Bull #84 around the world to generate awareness and raise funds for the protection and conservation of rhino. We are grateful to work with this kind, talented and passionate man.
Since 2012 the Reserve Protection Agency (RPA) has raised over R10,000,000 for conservation and anti-poaching efforts in the Eastern Cape. Funds have funded Jeep vehicles, FLIR infrared binoculars, SKATE UAV, bikes, gyrocopters and the development in an end-to-end awareness engine.
Our photo of the week is of a southern double collared sunbird. Thank you to ranger Tayla for the beautiful image.
Rooting for Rhino is a group of concerned citizens who volunteer our time to raise awareness and funds towards the rhino poaching crisis in South Africa.
The Rhino Run mission is to raise awareness and funds through the South African and global trail running community for the war on rhino poaching. Read about how Thandi has insiped action!
Settlers Drift luxury tented safari lodge opened on 1 December 2014 and has delighted guests ever since. The stylish design, delicious food, attentive service and remote location overlooking the Bushman's River make the lodge a sought after safari destination.
After the poaching of Thandi and Themba a sister team have set up Red Era and The Diceros Project. They provide marketing and fundraising assistance to various rhino organisations including those assisting anti-poaching units (APU's), rhino orphanages and rehabilitation centres.