Thank you from the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park rangers

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THANK YOU – HELP A RANGER, SAVE A RHINO FUNDRAISING TARGET ACHIEVED

On behalf of the rangers at Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, we would like to thank all our supporters who so generously donated to our Help a Ranger, Save a Rhino appeal. With the kind donations from individuals, zoos, companies and organisations around the world, you’ve helped us raise £29,567 for rhino protection in South Africa’s Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park since June 2014.

We’ve been sending your donations immediately to the field, where they have been used to purchase essential ranger equipment for the anti-poaching teams. The photo above shows the rangers with just some of the equipment that you have helped buy.

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Thank you message from the rangers

Watch the below video to hear a short thank you message to all Save the Rhino supporters from Jabulani Ngubane, Park Manager of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park.

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How are the donations being spent?

Your donations have helped purchase ranger equipment for the anti-poaching and monitoring teams across the whole of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. Donations have specifically helped with the purchase of 110 rain & wind-proof jackets, 120 pairs of canvas boots, 45 basic first-aid kits, 120 LED headlamps, a vehicle security canopy, metal detector and lots more!

Read the full list of equipment that donations are helping buy on our website >

With the generous donations from our supporters we greatly surpassed our Christmas target of £20,000, meaning that funds are available for other priority anti-poaching activities needed to step-up rhino protection in the Park during 2015. We are currently discussing with Dirk Swart, Section Ranger in Hluhluwe Reserve, how these funds will be best spent. At this stage the extra funds will likely be used for a new engine replacement for the Bat Hawk aircraft or towards the purchase of four new Land-cruisers for the deployment of the law enforcement ranger teams around the Park.

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Massive ranger morale boost

We’d also like to pass on a message of thanks from Patrick Sibeko, Conservation Manager, iMfolozi Game Reserve.

”I would like to personally applaud your conservation efforts and continued support of Rangers on the frontline throughout the World. Save the Rhino International has been a true ally to iMfolozi Game Reserve and the greater Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park for several years. Your continued unwavering support during this extremely difficult period in conservation history has had a significant impact. Your contributions to our Park has provided us with much needed equipment, and more importantly, talking to the Rangers in the field, it is clear that Save the Rhino donations provide a massive morale boost on a regular basis.

With rhinos continuing to be poached at an alarming rate in South Africa, Save the Rhino International is committed to supporting the ongoing rhino protection efforts of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. But to do this, we need your help!

Donate now to Help a Ranger Save a Rhino >

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Photo credits: Dirk Swart, Save the Rhino International

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£20 could buy a new pair
Boots are constantly needed by the rangers on patrol. Rangers often walk 15-20km per day on tough terrain, meaning boots wear out quickly.
Ongoing donations are needed to keep the rangers equipped.
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£110 could buy binoculars
Save the Rhino International is committed to supporting the ongoing rhino protection efforts of Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. But we are reliant on the generosity of our supporters to do this.
Donate now >

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Funding aerial surveillance
As well as purchasing ranger equipment, your donations have helped cover the ongoing costs of the Bat Hawk plane and hangar, which is an essential component of the Park’s anti-poaching strategy
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