Save the Rhino International

Real Africa was delighted to partner with conservation charity Save the Rhino International (registered charity 1035072) in 2016-17.

Real Africa raised money for programmes supported by Save the Rhino, as well as raising awareness about the plight of rhinos in the wild by attending travel shows and organising special events.

Thank you to everybody who attended our fabulous fundraising event at the Royal Geographical Society on Wednesday 2 November 2016. The explorer, writer and TV presenter Benedict Allen gave a great talk on the Close Encounters he'd experienced during his career, including his close encounter with third rate hitmen in South America! We also heard from Cathy Dean, the director of Save the Rhino, who updated us on the latest news from the front line, and from Daryll Pleasants who trains the anti-poaching dogs that are proving so effective in the campaign against poaching.

Our campaigns reached over 100,000 people via Social Media promoting Save the Rhino and we have raised over £6500 to date.

Many thanks to our speakers, our volunteers and to HRH Prince Harry who attended in a private capacity.

Ways you can support our #RealRhinos campaign:

Shop at the Real World Store 

Whether you buy a Tshirt, a pendant, a cuddly toy or a bag of Strong Rhino coffee, your purchase results in a donation to Save the Rhino. We have special stock available to buy at the shows and events we attend, and a limited selection available online. 

Book a 'rhino conservation' safari with Real Africa

See conservation firsthand. You can join the anti-poaching unit  as they go on a deployment, or meet the Dog Squad working to protect rhinos at Lewa (subject to them being on location and available). Neighbouring Borana is also fantastic for rhino, as is Solio.  Don't neglect Nairobi National Park - they have a higher density of black rhino than anywhere in Kenya.  You can also visit the last three surviving Northern White Rhinos as well as seeing black and white rhino in healthy numbers on the Ol Pejeta conservancy. At Gondwana in South Africa find out about the rhino breeding project or visit the Ian Player Rhino Awareness Centre at Shamwari. Or you can track black rhino on foot at the Sera Conservancy in northern Kenya, staying at wonderful Saruni lodges. This new project is in partnership with the NRT and Sera community. Find out more here.

In addition to arranging special experiences and activities during your safari holiday, the Real Africa Trust also makes a £50 donation to Save the Rhino on behalf of every client booking one of our special rhinos safaris. 

Read Sara's blog about her moving experience at Ol Pejeta in May 2016, meeting Sudan, the last male northern white rhino in the world. 

Get social & spread the word. Use #RealRhinos - click here to like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.

Raising money for rhinos - #RealRhinos

50% of Real Africa’s fundraising will support Save the Rhino International’s core funds which enables them to collaborate with partners to support endangered rhinos in both Africa and Asia. They do this through a range of activities including anti-poaching and monitoring patrols, community conservation, environmental education programmes and behaviour change campaigns to reduce the demand for rhino horn.

· £19 could buy a pair of canvas boots for a ranger
· £100 could pay for a public awareness event in Vietnam

50% of Real Africa’s fundraising will be restricted to the Rhino Dog Squad - Kenya’s anti-poaching canine units working to protect rhinos in Ol Jogi, Ol Pejeta, Lewa and Borana Conservancies. The dogs have three key roles: tracker dogs trained to pick up the scent of poachers; patrol dogs trained to hold suspected poachers; and scent dogs trained to detect firearms and rhino horn at key transport hubs. These dogs are the rhinos’ new best friends. Real Africa’s support for the Rhino Dog Squads will help these canine units keep rhinos safe in the wild.

· £1,000 could pay for a vet to treat a black rhino who has been shot by a poacher
· £7 could feed a dog for a week
· £100 could buy a medical kit containing life-saving equipment for handlers and dogs
· £468 could buy a bite suit essential for dog training

About Save the Rhino International

Vision: for all five rhino species to thrive in the wild for future generations.
Mission: collaborating with partners to support endangered rhinos in Africa and Asia.
Strategies: to conserve viable populations of rhinos in the wild by: 
• Raising funds to protect and increase rhino numbers and population distribution
• Facilitating exchange of technical support and information between rhino conservation stakeholders
• Ensuring local communities in key rhino areas benefit from conserving rhino
• Developing and delivering behaviour-change campaigns to reduce demand for rhino horn
• Raising global awareness of the need for urgent action on rhino conservation. 

Rhinos in Africa
Due to the current escalating poaching crisis, rhinos are facing extinction in the wild in just 10 years. Already, in Africa, the critically endangered black rhino population has been hard hit with less than 5,000 remaining in the wild. There are around 20,000 Southern White Rhinos remaining, but the Northern White has been wiped out in the wild with only three of the species remaining, protected by 24 hour armed rangers at Kenya's Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Sudan, the last surviving male is pictured at the top of this page, photographed by Sara, who visited him in May 2016. 

To find out more about the work of Save the Rhino please click here