RhiNEWS: Kenya’s largest rhino Sanctuary, New Vietnam campaign, Celebrating World Rhino Day

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On Monday, thousands of people across the globe celebrated World Rhino Day and helped raise awareness for the five rhino species and the threats they face. You can read more about Save the Rhino’s activities and our ‘Nail it for Rhinos’ campaign below.

There are several other positive news stories in the rhino world this month, including the creation of Kenya’s largest rhino sanctuary, the launch of a large, innovative campaign in Vietnam aimed at reducing the demand for rhino horn, and the arrest of the alleged kingpin of one of South Africa’s biggest rhino poaching syndicates.


Creation of Kenya’s largest rhino sanctuary

efcb0e9d-7a8e-4739-9859-5dd7d33e18b8.jpg Starting this month, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and its western neighbour Borana Conservancy have begun work to remove the fence separating the two properties to create Kenya’s largest rhino sanctuary with 93,000 acres of prime black rhino habitat.

This is the first time in Kenya that two privately owned and run organizations have undertaken such a move for the benefit of one of the country’s most threatened species. Borana and Lewa have been working closely with the Kenya Wildlife Service to achieve this goal.

Read more on this story.


Poachers killed in shoot-out with Big Life Foundation rangers

937cbab7-9528-4401-aad8-1c46ada35b66.jpg In early September, the Big Life Foundation team received reports of men entering Kenya’s Chyulu Hills National Park. Upon receiving the alert, the Big Life Foundation team rushed their rapid response unit to the area, where they joined the Big Life Foundation and Kenya Wildlife (KWS) ranger teams already on the ground.

The units spread out, setting ambushes and combing likely areas for signs of poachers. After four days of searching, the poachers, unsuccessful in their mission to kill a rhino, walked straight into a KWS ambush. The poachers, armed with AK-47s, defied orders to surrender, and there was an exchange of fire in which all three were killed.

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New ‘Chi’ campaign to tackle Vietnamese demand for rhino horn

e6c32658-6b2b-4833-a2cf-73ce88895e93.jpgSave the Rhino is pleased to announce that we are supporting a revolutionary campaign in Vietnam aimed at reducing the demand for rhino horn.

The campaign was launched in Vietnam on World Rhino Day, 22 September 2014, and aims to change consumer behaviour by targeting key consumer groups in order to reduce the demand for rhino horn. The “Chi campaign” promotes the idea that success, masculinity and good luck, flow from an individual’s internal strength of character and refutes the view that these traits come from a piece of horn. The campaign uses positive messaging targeted at key consumer groups. “Chi” meaning “Will” is a concept in Vietnamese culture signifying the power of what lies within.

Save the Rhino is partnering with TRAFFIC and PSI on the ‘Chi’ campaign, much of the funding of which has come from the UK government’s “Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund”.

Read more on this story.


World Rhino Day celebrations

3310a081-c23f-426f-9ef3-759a6f40b1b3.jpg A big thank you to everyone who celebrated World Rhino Day 2014 on Monday 22 September, especially those who got involved in our #nailit4rhinos campaign to raise funds and awareness for rhinos.

It’s not too late to get involved and upload your photos. Don’t forget to donate – in the UK text NAIL14 £3 to 70070 or visit our website to donate online.

During the day Save the Rhino also held a successful fundraising collection at London Bridge station and a live Q&A on social media with Dirk Swart, Section Ranger from Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park.

Click here to read more and see our fantastic gallery of supporter images!


Organisations unite for Team Rhino

5263a139-7928-482f-998c-a54194892edb.jpg This World Rhino Day, Save the Rhino has joined forces with the International Rhino Foundation, Asian Rhino Project and The WILD Foundation as Team Rhino.

Join forces with top rhino groups and rhinos lovers around the world to tackle the greatest poaching crisis this century at www.TeamRhino.org.

Find out more about #TeamRhino


Alleged rhino poaching kingpin arrested in South Africa

14e0c62a-62cf-4d1e-8ff0-ffe6c5ae6845.jpg The alleged kingpin of one of South Africa’s biggest and most violent rhino poaching syndicates, accused of obtaining 84 rhino horns via illegal means, has been arrested following a operation led by the South African Hawks.

Hugo Ras and nine other members of the suspected poaching gang appeared in court after they were arrested in various parts of the country in a simultaneous arrest operation led by the Hawks, following a year-long investigation. 318 charges have been laid against the suspects.

Read more on this story.

We would love to hear your thoughts on all our stories and the work that we do, please comment on our website, facebook or twitter pages! Or why not get involved and become a member or help fundraise for one of our programmes

Photo credits: Steve and Ann Toon, Stratton Hatfield, lepetitbrush

Events2013 - 2014

Save the Rhino’s 21st Birthday Celebration
Great Halls, Vinopolis, London

Tickets are now available for Save the Rhino’s 21st Birthday Celebration dinner.
Join us for a three-course dinner, great speakers, entertainment and live music to mark 21 years since the charity was founded.
Book online now, or email laura

ongoing events

Virgin Money London Marathon 2015

Are you keen for a challenge? We are now accepting applications for our Golden Bond marathon places, to join our Save the Rhino London marathon team.
Get your name in quick if you fancy running in rhino costume as they get snapped up far in advance!
aron for more information.


Featured ProgrammeFeatured programme Association of Private Land Rhino Sanctuaries
In July we sent a pleasing £98,278 out in grants to the field programmes we support. This includes £9,244 to Ol Jogi in Laikipia County, Kenya, one of the members of the Association of Private Land Rhino Sanctuaries. This helped pay for emergency training for Ol Jogi’s new intake of rangers. We are very grateful to all donors who responded to our urgent requests for help.



Save, Ancient Heritage
We are delighted to announce a new partnership with Save, Ancient Heritage (an independent Non-Profit Company), run by Brethren in South Africa, with a vision and mission to help and assist Save the Rhino International with 55% of net profits generated through their fundraising events and activities. You can find out more information here.
Rhino Rugby Apparel
We are pleased to announce a new partnership with Rhino Rugby Apparel. Rhino Rugby Apparel will donate to Save the Rhino £5 from the sale of every special rhino T-shirt and will also donate 10% from the sale of their remaining clothing range to those who enter a special discount code (SAVETHERHINO15). You can find out more about Rhino Rugby Apparel online.


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