RHINO COVID-19 CRISIS APPEAL

Covid-19 is putting rhinos in danger.

The Covid-19 pandemic is putting rhinos in jeopardy. Our partners need urgent support to carry on their vital rhino protection and conservation work. We need your help to meet the immediate and extraordinary challenges created by the global lockdown.

In May, your donations are helping to support the incredible work of Save the Rhino Trust Namibia (SRT), after Covid-19 has significantly impacted their everyday.

The black rhinos in Namibia’s Kunene region are a unique and special population.

The black rhinos found in the Kunene region, where SRT operates, are desert-adapted and found nowhere else in the world. They are able to go for three to four days without water, and eat a usually toxic plant, the melkbos, to help stay hydrated.

The drop in tourism has left many rangers without a salary.

The pandemic has caused a sudden drop in tourism in the area, which usually helps to fund SRT’s rhino monitoring and protection work. Now, the rhino sighting bonuses that SRT pays to rangers is an even bigger incentive for their patrols: many rangers have lost their salaries due to the lack of tourism funding. These bonuses are keeping rhinos safe.

The Trust has already had to make significant budget cuts.

With short and long-term impacts on the Trust’s budget, the team has already reduced their costs for daily activities, but this can only go on for so long and essential items still need to be paid for. Rations for field teams have already been reduced to save costs: three weeks of food now costs £189 for a team of three in the field. To keep rangers patrolling, SRT urgently needs extra funding.

With your support, we can get equipment, food and more to the places that need it most, helping rhinos stay protected during Covid-19.

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