How are horses helping protect rhinos in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park?
Doris, Derick, Igamalikho, Nkunzana and Nkhalakatha are five very special horses. These incredible animals are assisting with the battle against rhino poaching in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park.
Under the supervision of Dennis, a Section Ranger at the Nqumeni horse establishment, Corporal Simon Nyawo and Ze are two rangers who have close bonds with these horses and conduct regular horseback anti-poaching and monitoring patrols to protect the Park’s rhinos.
Dennis explains the importance of the horse patrols:
“Horses can cover much more distance than we can on foot. Horses are a lot more neutral in the bush compared to humans, because our scent gets masked by the horses’ scent. They make a good poaching deterrent.”
Right now, urgent donations are needed for these horses, their stables and their riders. Please donate to Help a Ranger Save a Rhino.
Listen to Dennis explain more about the horses and see these majestic animals in action.
Healthy horses, roaming rhinos
Looking after the horses is very expensive, and there is a desperate need for money to allow for their care and prevent them from getting sick. It is vital to have veterinary supplies and supplementary feed for the horses, to keep them healthy to survive in the harsh conditions they work in.
Donations are also needed for equipment such as brushes, saddle soap and ranger equipment including helmets and tough clothing to protect against the thorny bush environment.
Christmas is fast approaching, and sadly this is when poaching tends to spike. Already this year, South Africa has lost more rhinos than ever before, and so Doris, Derick, Igamalikho, Nkunzana and Nkhalakatha will be having to work extra hard to keep the rhinos safe this New Year.
Without external donations, the horse establishment may have to close, but you can help us. By donating now and supporting the horses and their riders this festive season, you are allowing them to continue their incredible work protecting rhinos in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park.
We will pass on all your messages to the rangers this Christmas time, please show them the world cares!
Photo credits: Save the Rhino International
£20 could help buy veterinary supplies
The horses need regular medication to keep them strong and healthy, including wound-spray, de-worming tablets, vaccinations and dipping supplies to kill ectoparasites.
£110 could buy binoculars
Binoculars are an essential piece of equipment for all rangers, especially while monitoring the critically endangered black rhino. Donations are needed to replace damaged binoculars to allow the rangers to keep watch on the Park.
NEW – Christmas gift donations
Send some festive rhino cheer this year and let your recipient know that their gift has helped support our Help a Ranger, Save a Rhino appeal.
ATCNews : Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome is the publisher of ATCNews, Eastern Africa’s leading aviation, tourism and conservation news blog of its kind. Wolfgang has over 45 years of experience in the tourism, aviation and conservation fields in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, covering all aspects of safari operations, hotel operations and air operations. Since 1992 he resides in Uganda, previously living for 17 years in Kenya.