The Association of Private Land Sanctuaries (APLRS) is a collaborative group of private rhino sanctuaries in Kenya’s Laikipia region. Through the APLRS, we support joint initiatives including 51 Degrees Ltd (providing joint ranger training); the Emergency Fund for Black Rhinos (providing up to 50% of emergency care costs for black rhinos); the APLRS Administrator (for APLRS coordination); and ForRangers (which improves the welfare of rangers on the frontline).
Borana is one of Africa’s newest rhino conservancies, and one of its most successful. In 2013, black rhinos were reintroduced to Borana — the first-time rhinos had roamed on its land for more than 50 years. Borana works closely with the communities in and around it, to ensure that conservation works for people and wildlife. Borana Conservancy is also a member of the APLRS, collaborating with surrounding sanctuaries to boost rhino protection efforts.
Il Ngwesi is a 16,500 hectares reserve with community at its heart. It is home to the Il Lakipiak Maasai – ‘people of wildlife’. It works closely with neighbouring rhino sanctuaries in Kenya’s Laikipia region to protect and monitor black rhinos and contribute towards increasing Kenya’s national black rhino population. Much of Il Nqwesi’s work is centred on connecting conservation and local communities and is one of the only reserves to be owned and managed by local people.
Ol Jogi Conservancy was established in 1980 and is one of the oldest conservancies in the Laikipia region of Kenya. It is a stronghold for the Eastern black rhino and is one of Kenya’s most successful rhino breeding programmes, contributing significantly towards the national population by helping to restock areas where rhino numbers were dwindling. As part of the APLRS, Ol Jogi works closely with neighbouring conservancies to keep its rhino population safe and healthy.
Lolesha Luangwa is a pioneering environmental education programme working with 21 local schools from the surrounding areas of the North Luangwa National Park in Zambia. Most of the children living around the National Park have never seen a rhino and are curious what they look like and why they should protect them. Lolesha Luangwa (translating to “look after Luangwa”) encourages and inspires local children to be the guardians of rhinos in the future.
North Luangwa Conservation Programme (NLCP) works to protect the wildlife and habitats of the North Luangwa National Park and surrounding area. It is home to the only population of black rhino in Zambia: the population was reintroduced to the Park after all rhinos had been poached out of the area. Now, the NLCP has a growing black rhino population and the program works closely with local communities.
Zimbabwe is home to the world’s fourth largest black rhino population after South Africa, Namibia and Kenya. The Lowveld Rhino Trust (LRT) works to increase both black and white rhino numbers and range in the Lowveld region of Zimbabwe through intensive tracking and monitoring of all rhinos, responding quickly for emergency veterinary interventions, and assisting authorities with prosecutions, whilst managing the population through translocations.
Namibia holds the second largest population of rhinos in the world, and is a stronghold for the South western black rhino subspecies. The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) is responsible for developing and implementing a nationwide approach to rhino protection through effective biological management including translocations and successful dehorning programs. The changes put into place by the MET have helped grow Namibia’s rhino population.
Save the Rhino Trust (SRT) began in 1982, monitoring and protecting the unique desert-adapted black rhino within the Kunene region of Namibia. The region is a vast, rugged and remote wilderness and home to the last truly wild population of any rhino species on the planet; the largest to persist outside national parks. The Trust’s pioneering efforts and collaboration with government and local communities has helped to steadily grow the black rhino population in the area.
HluhluHluhluwe-iMfolozi Park (HiP), in the KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa, is one of Africa’s oldest protected areas and is home to an incredibly important population of both white and black rhino. It has been one of the areas hit hardest by poaching, outside of Kruger National Park. During the poaching crisis, aviation support, canine units and ranger teams having been working under extremely challenging circumstances to protect and monitor rhinos.
uMkhuze Game Reserve is one of the few remaining strongholds for South Africa’s indigenous black rhino. The Reserve is part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park; a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The protection of the Reserve’s rhinos is an absolute priority: the population has played a critical role in the re-introduction of locally extinct populations in a number of other game reserves, including Kruger National Park.
The African Rhino Specialist group is the go-to scientific body for African rhino conservation and population statistics. Non-partisan and informed by evidence and experience, the Group’s job is to understand the challenges facing rhinos and the best tools to counter these threats, and ensure conservationists are working together towards a common goal. Save the Rhino supports the Group by assisting with funding and coordination.
Indonesia’s remote Ujung Kulon National Park holds the worlds’ only viable population of the Critically Endangered Javan rhino. No more than an estimated 72 Javan rhinos remain on the planet. To increase the number of Javan rhinos, more space is needed to allow the population to expand. The Javan Rhino Study and Conservation Area has been working towards this by increasing the amount of habitat available for Javan rhinos in Ujung Kulon.
Rhino Protection Units (RPUs) are teams of four highly skilled officers, patrolling the vast forests of Indonesia to protect Sumatran rhinos and other wildlife. RPUs work in close cooperation with Indonesia’s park management authority and provide the backbone to Sumatran rhino conservation. The program has been recognised as one of the most effective and successful conservation programmes for megafaunal species in South East Asia.
With fewer than 80 Sumatran rhinos left in the world, efforts are needed to bring the species back from the brink of extinction. The Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS) is a semi-wild facility home to seven Sumatran rhinos. Since 2012, there have been two rhinos born at the Sanctuary, Andatu and Delilah. The Sanctuary is now expanding its facilities to bring in more isolated rhinos so that individuals can breed naturally and boost the species’ population.
Vietnam is one of the countries of primary concern when it comes to illegal rhino horn. There is high demand for rhino horn within the country, contributing towards the extensive poaching of the species across Africa and Asia. Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV) works to reduce the demand for illegal rhino horn in Vietnam by running campaigns to raise awareness with the public, as well as strengthening legislation to close loopholes in the law.
The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) investigates and campaigns against wildlife crime. In China, EIA works to dismantle transnational criminal networks involved in illegal rhino horn trade, advocating for improvements in legislation and law enforcement. To stop illegal markets in rhino horn, EIA works at all levels to promote better wildlife law, so that rhinos and other wildlife affected by wildlife trade are protected.