The Unique Horn Project - A Black Rhino Initiative
- By: The Isanti Karoo Foundation
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/unique-horn-project
The Unique Horn Project - a Crowdfunding Campaign to Save Black Rhino Amidst COVID Pandemic international travel bans
In 1960, there were an estimated 100 000 black rhinos across southern Africa. By 1995, this number had been decimated to just over 2500, recording a loss of about 28 500 black rhinos per year - a staggering 78 deaths every single day.
It is now estimated that overall, about 5500 black rhinos remain, and about 18 000 white rhinos.
2020: Not the time for complacency
Now, in 2020, faced with the global COVID pandemic that has brought tourism and travel to its knees, we are seeing our biggest income stream taking huge strain. Across the country, many anti-poaching initiatives now face insurmountable financial pressures, as local and international travel slowly stumbles back into action.
Our rhinos are at greater risk now than before, as anti-poaching funds dwindle and defences begin to falter. Until the tourism industry has fully recovered, we are more vulnerable than ever.
Help Us Protect Black Rhino on Magic Hills
Because of the topography and vegetation found on the Magic Hills Game Reserve, it is a suitable home for the endangered black rhino, and we would like to ensure that they are adequately protected.
And so we are reaching out to the public to help us to fund the protection of the black rhinos on Magic Hills. Every donation - big or small - increases our chances of keeping our rhino safe, through the following measures:
- The hiring of sufficient staff on the ground to track the rhino daily. This amounts to eight field rangers at R 12 000 each per month each, and two team leaders at R20 000 each per month = R1 620 000 per annum
- Kitting those staff with uniform, boots, protective gear and warm clothing during cold months and night rounds. The currently accepted estimate for basic kit costs is R 4 200 per ranger. Advanced kit include binoculars, radio communication devices, firearms, and full training costs R50 000 per ranger = R432 000
- Funding the fuel and the vehicle maintenance costs. Operating two Land Cruisers (costing R650 000 each), R82 000 per year for fuel costs, R12 000 per year for services and minor repairs, and R15k 000 per year to replace tyres = R1.518 million in year one, R218 000 per year thereafter
- To contribute to the funding of future purchase and transportation of black rhino for the breeding of new generations = R350 000 per rhino
- To fund darting and veterinary exercises. At R15 000 per hour for helicopter time, R2 000 for vet time, and R1 500 - R 3000 for treatment = approximately R20 000 per rhino
- To contribute to long-term plans to incorporate further technology into the tracking and care for rhino, such as telemetry systems. This amount can climb as high as R50 000 per ankle collar, and R150 000 to set up a full LoRa WAN with RFID receivers at waterholes.
- The rewilding of the reserve, much of which has suffered overgrazing for over a century. Every cent helps toward regreening the landscape at R 7000 to R 15 000 per hectare, as well purchasing more land at the current price of R 3 000 to R5 000 per hectare.
As custodians of this part of the earth, we take our responsibility to protect every piece of it seriously. We need your help to protect our rhino... To protect your rhino.
We hope you’ll join us on this journey, toward creating a future where rhinos continue to roam Africa free and wild. Please consider giving - only as much as you’re able - to help us work toward that future.
- Oct 14, 2020 - USD $ 15.00
- "Save the rhinos." - Max
- Oct 14, 2020 - USD $ 6.06
- "Thank-you for helping the rhinos. " - Romario Valentine
- Oct 14, 2020 - R 105.75
- "For the love of Rhinos" - Leo
- Oct 14, 2020 - R 211.50
- "Continue doing the good work! Love and light! xxx" - Kirsty Anne
- Oct 14, 2020 - R 528.75
- "Glad to help" - Machiel
- Oct 13, 2020 - R 528.75
- "Wishing you every success" - Salome Gooding
- Oct 13, 2020 - R 200.00
- "Protect the Rhino's " - Esther Engelbrecht
THE ISANTI KAROO FOUNDATION
Far off the beaten track, in an Eastern Cape wilderness, lies the Magic Hills Private Game Reserve - completely cocooned by nature. An extraordinary 20 100-hectare reserve, the vast and expansive plains of this once-ravaged landscape are now home to a plethora of iconic African animals, birdlife, and unique vegetation.
The iSanti Karoo Foundation exists to protect this miraculous land, and to facilitate its recovery and that of the wildlife that lives here. iSanti Karoo actively pursues opportunities to rescue, rewild and rehabilitate endangered species and wild animals that have been removed from unfavorable conditions. This is done in partnership with the world-renowned Aspinall Foundation.
iSanti Karoo aides in the protection of black and white rhino on the Magic Hills Private Game Reserve, coalitions of cheetah, as well as herds of elephant and other general game. The Foundation also plays a role in regreening the landscape by planting Spekboom and other indigenous plant species, a critical action to ensure the ongoing regeneration of this magnificent environment.
There is a powerful, mesmerising energy that exists in this unique corner of the world – and as custodians of that, we understand that with great power comes even greater responsibility. This is why we are committed to this journey of rewilding, rebirthing, and returning to nature.