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The war against poaching is unfortunately an expensive one to fight. We need your financial support to make a difference.
OUR MISSIONOur mission is to protect and conserve rhino populations in the Waterberg Biosphere area in order to preserve the natural environment and benefit local communities through the enhancement of general security, education and sustainable social upliftment.
Supporting Rhino owners ,Private Reserves, South African National Parks and general security in the Biosphere is a primary objective and as such, the majority of our resources are channelled in this direction.
WHO WE ARE
Save the Waterberg Rhino was founded by Ant and Tessa Baber, Victoria Crake and Gustav Collins. Ant and Tessa own a reserve in the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve of South Africa. They were devastated in December 2011 when one of their white rhino cows was poached together with her 11 month old baby. At the end of July 2012 another of their white rhino cows was poached, although on this occasion her 18 month old baby managed to escape.
Although they employed security guards after the first poaching, they were struck again and took the decision that we have to do more. There are around19,000 white rhinos in South Africa, with approximately 20-25% of this number in private ownership. With the explosion in rhino poaching to feed the Asian demand for rhino horn to be used in traditional medicine, private rhino owners have come under increasing pressure to protect their rhinos.
Private rhino owners have found themselves at the forefront of the battle against rhino poachers and have a massive part to play in safeguarding rhinos for the future. The cost of protecting small populations of rhinos is, however, enormous and, in some cases, can discourage landowners from having rhinos on their land.
Save the Waterberg Rhino are delighted to have teamed up with The Waterberg Biosphere Reserve and Stop Rhino Poaching.com in order to raise funds to protect rhinos in private ownership around the Waterberg Biosphere area. We have set up a team of respected members of the community, rhino owners, rhino specialist and security experts to manage ‘Save the Waterberg Rhino.’
WHERE WE ARE BASED
We are based in the Waterberg area of Limpopo in northern South Africa. It is breathtakingly beautiful area with a vast range of cultural, archaeological and biological diversity. The Waterberg was the first area of northern South Africa to be named as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO. The Waterberg District Council describes the area as “the undiscovered Gem of South African treasures, a land of intense beauty and colour reflected in the environment and its people.”
HOW WE ARE FUNDED
We are funded entirely by donations. Our Administrator post is funded by subscription from local rhino owners, in order that all funds raised can go directly towards our work in saving rhinos and not to administrative costs. This will ensure that all our donors know that any donations go directly to protecting the Waterberg’s rhino population.
It is of great importance to us that we are completely transparent, so that donors know exactly what their money has been used for and can be entirely confident that their money has been entirely dedicated to the mission and aims of Save the Waterberg Rhino. Any donor will have access to our audited accounts, in order that they can see how their mony has been used. We will also keep you informed of projects and handovers as they occur via our website, newsletters and Facebook page.
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Some Recent Projects
Black Tie Evening on the 9th of November
We raised R372 000-00 ! Thank you to all for your support!
Our latest Rhino Warrior
After visiting the Waterberg December, Teagan returned to their home in the Cayman Islands desperate to help save the rhinos having seen them and heard all about their plight. She managed to persuade her school to have a civvy day and for the money to be donated to Save the Waterberg Rhino. She did a power point presentation to every class and really inspired the other children to help save the rhino. Her dance teacher (who used to live in Kenya) ended up organizing a whole assembly with a tap dancing rhino that was shot by poachers to try and get the message over to the children.
We thank Teagan, her mom Sharon and their school for raising $1100.00 to go towards saving our rhinos.
Recently Save the Waterberg Rhino took 50 kids on an educational field trip to see rhinos in a local reserve. The kids were taken on a game drive and got to view the rhino and other wild animals in their natural habitat. This was accompanied by Mr. Clive Walker and Kelly Abram doing a talk the day before on Rhino, Gustav Collins talking to the kids on the day with regards to poaching and one of the reserve staff talking to the kids on the value of job creation the rhinos have on our reserves. It was enormously successful and for most of the kids it was their first visit to a game reserve.
Thank you to the the Biosphere and all involved for making this another successful project.
Mark Knopfler becomes Patron of Save the Waterberg Rhino
Mark Freuder Knopfler, OBE is a British guitarist, singer, songwriter, record producer and film score composer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for the British rock band Dire Straits, which he co-founded in 1977.
A Message From Mark
Saturday – Sep 08, 2012
I’ll never forget the day my father came home from work to tell us that one of his colleagues, a supposedly educated man, had said: “What do I care if the rhino becomes extinct?”
Last year I was lucky enough to visit the Waterberg area in South Africa and to meet a man there named Anthony Baber, who has dedicated his life to preserving rhino.
Ant’s wife Tessa told me: It seems in the future we are going to have to do what they do in Kenya and have armed anti-poaching guys with each animal or if we can eventually raise sufficient funds put in a military type radar system which are now available which would detect any person coming across fences or on the property. The success of this sort of system is that it then allows one to actually catch them before they do the deed. It would also possibly allow us to take on other owners’ rhinos in order to protect them. Anyway we are enormously grateful if you can just put it on your website to allow us to create more awareness of this disaster.
If anyone out there would like to help with preserving rhino on a grass roots level, please get in touch with Tessa firstname.lastname@example.org