"Help the fight against Rhino Poaching and conserve these magnificent animals for all future generations."

About Save the Waterberg Rhino

Save the Waterberg Rhino was started in November 2012 in association with Waterberg Biosphere Reserve and We had one mission; to help raise awareness and support the war against rhino poaching.
Save the Waterberg Rhino enjoys a close working relationship with many recognised role players, their opinion and experience proving invaluable when identifying projects and allocating funds.

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 chanelled in this direction.

"Thank you to Juliet Calcott for your amazing drawings used on our site and in our logo"

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 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.

Our Mission

Our 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.

How YOU can help

Add your voice

Voice your your anti-poaching concerns and have a zero tolerance approach to crime in general ! Join Save the Waterberg Rhino.

Donate Funding

The war against poaching is unfortunately an expensive one to fight. We need your financial support to make a difference.

Raise Awareness

Let’s raise awareness.  Spread the word amongst your friends and colleagues. Join our facebook page!