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Hear from the Anti-Poaching Units in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park who are battling to save rhinos from poaching Is this email not displaying correctly?
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Every day rangers are risking their lives to protect rhinos from poaching

Meet Sibonelo Zulu, an Anti-Poaching Unit Officer in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. Sibonelo leads a dedicated team of rangers in the remote South African bush. Being part of this team is incredibly challenging. To protect rhinos from poachers they often camp for 21 days at a time, working throughout the night to detect incursions, with sometimes just two or three hours sleep per day.

“As field rangers we’re proud of our work,” says Sibonelo. “We’re proud of saving rhinos, so that is why my team is always out in the field trying to stop poachers.”

The difficulty is that poaching levels are increasing. “Anti-Poaching Units have to spend more days in the field – the poachers come during the darkness, especially during moonlight’

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Hear from Sibonelo

Listen to Sibonelo talk about his life in an Anti-Poaching Unit in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park and the daily challenges his team face protecting rhinos.



It’s not just about the rhinos

Sibonelo explains that ‘now poachers want to shoot at us, we have to defend ourselves’. Bullet-proof vests, first aid kits and pepper spray are all essential kit items, which are unfortunately often in short supply.

With the prices of rhino horn skyrocketing, criminal syndicates are employing increasingly dangerous tactics to kill rhinos, making a rangers job incredibly challenging.

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Basic equipment is in short supply

To add to their challenges, much of the Anti-Poaching Unit equipment is worn through and needs replacing: basic equipment such as sleeping bags and mattresses are running low. According to Sibonelo, “If we get enough equipment like water bottles and backpacks, these can help us spend more time in the field, because that’s what we’re short of.”

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£115 could buy a bed roll
A bed roll is an all-in-one portable, waterproof sleeping unit with a built in mattress, which is incredibly useful for rangers camping in remote areas
£60 could buy a new rucksack
A rucksack is a staple of the ranger’s kit and helps them carry all their equipment for daily patrols. Donations will help buy new camelbak rucksacks with built in water bladders making field work easier on extended patrols.
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Whether it’s baking for friends and family, hosting a pub quiz or taking on an endurance challenge, join our fundraising team and help raise money to support the rangers battling to protect rhinos.


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