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Securing the Waterberg – Apr 2024

Baby Rhino Rescue is funding an overhaul of all security points in the entire vast Waterberg region

The Waterberg biosphere (both the plateau area and the larger district) represents a significant area of conservation in South Africa. It is historically an important area for rhino conservation, which has increased exponentially, as both the Kruger and Kwa-Zulu Natal rhino populations have been decimated by poaching. For the past two years, Baby Rhino Rescue has been very active in supporting security initiatives there.

Securing the Waterberg – Apr 2024

  • Securing the Waterberg – Apr 2024
    BRR donors

Rhinos are still facing unprecedented threats from poaching all over South Africa and the Waterberg is no exception. The Waterberg Landscape Alliance is commited to protecting the rhinos of the Waterberg and have been able to limit rhino poaching in the Waterberg to 2% of the country’s total. However the sophistication now seen in poaching demands innovative solutions.  Baby Rhino Rescue is committed to helping the WLA and has donated funds for additional security measures.

Security Measures – Dec 2023

  • Security Measures – Dec 2023
    BRR donors

Baby Rhino Rescue has had an excellent association with Marataba Conservation. They have a significant population of white and black rhinos and we are committed to keeping them safe! Equipping Marataba with additional security measures is part of our commitment to save the rhino from extinction.

Rhino Collaring at Marataba Conservation – June 2023

  • Rhino Collaring at Marataba Conservation – June 2023
    Mothers for Mothers Silent Auction and BRR donors

With funds from our Mother’s Day fundraiser, Baby Rhino Rescue was able to donate ten AI collars to Marataba Conservation Camps in the Waterberg. We attended the collaring of five rhino mothers with calves (and most likely pregnant again), two single cows and three dominant bulls. They can now be monitored and kept safe because of our wonderful donors.

Additional Waterberg Security – Feb 2023

  • Additional Waterberg Security – Feb 2023
    BRR donors

Baby Rhino Rescue is funding the next level of security systems for our game reserve in the Waterberg region. This is significant because as we make this particular property safe, we make the entire area safe. This is a key area for white and black rhinos in South Africa and therefore the world. The security consists of “points” in different strategic areas that relay essential security information to the anti-poaching units and law enforcement in the area. These security points are very effective and have been responsible for the information leading to the arrest of two poachers who, with their teams, have poached many rhinos.

Golf Day – Sept 2022

  • Golf Day – Sept 2022
    Golf Day attendees and donors

With 400,000 hectares, The Waterberg is South Africa’s biggest wildlife area outside of Kruger National Park. What makes it so vital is that with 2,000 or more rhinos, it is the biggest concentration of rhinos in the country now. The area is circled by layers of security and no rhinos are being poached! BRR Founder Helena Kriel and SA director Karina Suter attended the Save the Waterberg Rhino gathering in March 2022 and learned that one remaining area in the Waterberg is not protected, and this area makes the entire region vulnerable. Our mission was clear — raise money to protect this area! BRR reached out to our friends Conserv Earth and the two organizations planned a splashy golf day to make this happen. Six months later we held our Golf Day in September for World Rhino Day and R500,000 was raised. That’s more than $27,000! These funds will be used to purchase smart security systems for vulnerable areas.

Project LoRa Collars – May 2022

  • Project LoRa Collars – May 2022
    Mothers for Mothers donors

Our Mother’s Day campaign “Mothers for Mothers” was a huge success. We raised enough money to purchase six LoRa collars to be placed onto rhino moms’ ankles at Marataba Conservation. Baby Rhino Rescue is purchasing an additional three so that we can donate nine collars in total. These collars relay the exact location of each animal so reserve owners know where their rhinos are at all times.  In addition, these specialty collars also learn the animal’s typical behavior – how fast it moves, when it rests, walks, and eats. When that typical behavior changes, the anti-poaching team is alerted and because they have the coordinates, can get there quickly. Imagine, these rhino moms will be walking much more safely, with their babies by their sides!