Special Projects for Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary (CFW) and Rhino Pride Foundation (RPF)

Donations to BRR come from individual donors all over the world. Donations come from fund raisers at schools and through the Rhino Warriors. Donations also come through organizations that choose BRR to facilitate their contribution.

We have included these details under the different projects.

Project: Stronghold

Donation from: Aryn and Matthew Grossman Foundation.
Location: CFW

Installation of electrified perimeter fencing around a 350 hectare natural habitat. This intensified protection zone (IPZ) allows rhinos to be wild and free from human interaction. This cutting-edge conservation fulfills the final release part of Care for Wild’s plan. There are 20 rhinos in the IPZ at present. Carrying capacity is 100 adult breeding rhinos. This holds the real potential of bringing big numbers of rhinos back into the world!

Project: Guard cabins

Donation: Aryn and Matthew Grossman Foundation
Location: CFW

Because most poaching is enabled through information from the inside, guard loyalty is essential in ensuring safe rhinos. Keeping the guards comfortable with excellent accommodation and food becomes a top priority.

The guards have comfortable cabins to relax in, and sleep in, while not on patrol.

Night pen for black rhinos

Donation: BRR Donors
Location: CFW

Rhino babies are protected and kept warm by their mothers for up to 3 years. Night pens provide an important part of their rehabilitation, keeping them warm at night, especially during the freezing winter months.

A night pen for the 3 young black rhinos Phoebe, Ratu and Badger has these three precious rhinos safe and warm.

Night pen for quarantine rhinos

Donation: BRR Donors
Location: CFW

The night pen in the quarantine area was originally made of poles and had to be replaced. The new night pen, constructed with bricks and concrete will keep the quarantine rhinos warm at night.

Project: Perimeter fencing

Donation: BRR Donors
Location: CFW

CFW received info that an incursion into the property was in planning stages. They reached out to BRR to help keep the rhinos safe. BRR donated the funds for electrified perimeter fencing for all the big bomas. This electrified fencing keeps rhinos safe inside, and poachers OUT.

Didi. Anti-Poaching Dog

Donation: Spirit Wildlife Fund
Location: CFW

Didi was a highly effective and driven anti-poaching K9, nothing escaping her. All the other K9’s were in awe of Didi! Sadly, she was rammed by a bushbuck’s sharp horns while on duty early one morning. She succumbed to her injuries. She is remembered as the greatest of the K9's.

Fire. Anti-Poaching Dog

Donation: BRR Donors
Location: CFW

Fire was purchased and trained specifically for her work protecting the rhinos at the CFW sanctuary. Fire has been doing amazingly well in her continuous training program.

She has been doing very well with human scent tracking, and has been outperforming all the other K9 members in article detection. Fire has a keen nose for bullets, gun powder and firearms. Who says guns aren’t for girls?!

Diesel. Anti-poaching tracker dog

Donation for Purchase & Upkeep: Donor Catherine Brown
Donation for Training: BRR Donors
Location: CFW

With the generous donation by Catherine Brown we were able to purchase Diesel. Catherine also sponsors Diesel’s monthly upkeep. BRR donor funding provided what was needed for in-depth training for Diesel. So effective is he as a tracker dog that he led the guards to a poacher’s den, where 5 poachers were apprehended. Diesel is being used as a stud dog, in the hope that his genes will yield other such effective trackers.

2 Anti-Poaching K-9s for RPF

Donation: BRR Donors
Location: RPF

Two highly trained Rottweilers were purchased for the RPF. These dogs keep the 50 plus rhinos under protection.

Project: Dog run 1

Donation: Shared by Spirit Wildlife Fund and BRR Donors
Location: CFW

A state of the art dog run, complete with sanitation and cabin for the handlers was built for Fire and Didi.

The dog run has a sleeping area, plus exercise run, to keep the dogs comfortable and stimulated while not on patrol.

Project: Dog run 2

Donation: BRR Donors
Location: CFW

A second dog run, complete with sanitation and cabins for the handlers, was built for Diesel and the other K9s. The dog run has sleeping and shade areas for the dogs, as well as areas to run. This keeps the dogs active and comfortable while not on patrol.

Project: Communications Tower

Donation: BRR Donors
Location: CFW

The communication tower allows for rapid communications both within and outside the sanctuary in case of a sick rhino, or signs of attempted incursions.

Intensive training of anti-poaching unit guards

Donation: Veterans for Wildlife
Location: CFW

The anti-poaching units keep the rhinos protected. Guards need to be conversant with the use of weapons and be able to work as a team with different responsibilities. The Veterans for Wildlife trainers are all army vets with direct combat experience in Afghanistan and Iraq. They trained the guards in advanced artillery and target practice.

Bullet proof vests for the guards

Donation: Veterans for Wildlife
Location: RPF

Being part of an anti-poaching unit is very dangerous. Poachers carry AK-47’s. Providing the guards with bullet proof vests gives them essential protection and security while out on patrol.

OXPECKER PROJECT

Donation: BRR Donors
Location: CFW

The oxpecker bird was indigenous to the CFW area, but disappeared around thirty years ago. This has been problematic because the oxpecker rides along with the rhino, feeding on its ticks. Without oxpeckers, the rhinos were susceptible to tick bites

Anti-Poaching Phantom Drone

Donation: Stop Poaching Now
Location: CFW

The drone flies the perimeter of the property, relaying info. This enables a continual overview of the property, immediately relaying information when anything appears suspect or problematic.

Milk for two baby rhinos for one full year

Donation: BRR donors
Location: RPF

Special formula rhino milk to nourish hungry orphans who would normally spend 2-3 years suckling from their mothers.

Rhino babies love their milk. Getting a traumatized orphan to accept that milk is now coming in a bottle is the beginning of the rehabilitation process.

Rhino Milk for Arthur for 10 months

Donation: BRR Facebook Donors - "Bottles Up” Mother’s Day Campaign
Location: CFW

Arthur was only a month when his mother was poached. Pics of the little calf lying by his slain mother circled the globe and donations poured in! Arthur is still a baby and requires 6 bottles of milk a day for the next year. This is a large, ongoing expense for the sanctuary.

Rhino Milk for Jenny for 8 months

Donation: BRR Facebook Donors
Location: RPF

Jenny is the youngest rhino at RPF. She requires 6 bottles of milk a day for the next year. This is a large, ongoing expense for the sanctuary.

Supplements and vitamins for 4 rhinos for one year

Donation: BRR Donors
Location: CFW

Baby rhinos need fortified milk. This is to replace what they would naturally get from their mother. It is imperative that a baby rhino stay strong and well.

This donation went to CFW as an “unrestricted donation” for the general line of baby rhino care. Vitamins falls within that designation.

Milk for two baby rhinos for one year

Donation: BRR Donors
Location: CFW

This donation went to CFW as an “unrestricted donation” for the general line of baby rhino care. Milk for Zac and Twinkle falls within that designation.

Medicine for three injured baby rhinos for eighteen months

Donation: BRR Donors
Location: CFW

Lofo came into the sanctuary very badly injured, with deep machete wounds on his back. He was compromised, and it was essential to keep him well. Twinkle had scars on her back from where machete wounds had healed. It was clear both these baby rhinos had been through terrible trauma. Omepracote is a medication that helps with the prevention of stomach ulcers in rhinos that are experiencing stress.

Medicine for one baby rhino for 6 months

Donation: BRR Donors
Location: CFW

Sabiva came into the sanctuary very badly injured, with a deep gunshot wound to her shoulder. It had taken 10 days to locate her and she was compromised. It was essential to keep her well. Omepracote is a medication that aids in rhinos not developing stomach ulcers from stress.

Irrigation Project

Donation: International Donors
Location: CFW

The bomas where the quarantine orphan rhinos are kept are cleaned on a daily basis to ensure the health and welfare of these compromised animals. Water is used to wash the night pens where the orphans sleep at night. The irrigation project has improved the hygiene in the bomas by channeling the effluent water into pipes underground and into a treatment area away from the bomas.

Project: Horses

Donation: International Donors
Location: CFW

The Mounted Unit at CFW is expanding as they are a force multiplier in the Anti-Poaching Unit working to keep the rhinos in the reserve safe. With this expansion comes the need for additional horses and their accompanying equipment especially the saddles.

GUARD’S SALARY

Donation: International Donors
Location: RPF

The only way to keep rhinos safe is an endlessly evolving Anti-Poaching plan. The Rhino Pride Foundation has state of the art electrified fencing and alarm signals, but guards remain a necessity to protect the 50+ rhinos in their care.

STRONGHOLD LIGHTING

Donation: BRR Donors
Location: CFW

The stronghold is 350 hectares, this is a large expanse which needs illumination in certain places, enabling the guards to keep a tight control over the area. The lighting project has three stages. BRR has funded the first stage.

Stove and Fridge for the guard house

Donation: BRR Donors
Location: CFW

In an ongoing commitment to guard comfort, thereby ensuring their loyalty, BRR continues to support what is needed for them. A fridge and stove add to what is provided for the guards in the main guard house.

MOUNTED HORSE BACK PROJECT

Donation: BRR Donors
Location: CFW

BRR has donated two horses: Midnight and Bravo to the sanctuary, enabling the mounted patrol to grow. The patrol needed saddles too, so BRR funded five new saddles for the patrol. this enables the guards on horseback to be comfortable and safe as they go about their duties across the large area of the sanctuary.

Shoes for guards at CFW and RPF

Donation: Nike
Location: CFW and RPF

Nike South Africa donated shoes for all the guards at both sanctuaries, as a Christmas gift, through a BRR initiative.

Project: Watches

Donation: International Donors
Location: CFW

BRR purchased watches for all the 26 guards at the sanctuary. These are strong, reliable, water proof watches. It means the guards can do their work effectively, show up promptly, and rely on one another. It makes the rhinos all the safer.

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