Thanda is Raising the Red Flag on Rhino Poaching.

Thanda Private Game Reserve is a supporter of World Rhino Day 2011 and has played an active role over the years in social responsibility as well as many successful conservation initiatives. Thanda is committed to the efforts of its associated wildlife organisations to raise awareness of the many conservation issues of KwaZulu-Natal. Thanda and Thanda Foundation are dedicated to educate and inform local communities to protect the wildlife legacy and the biodiversity contained in the area. Thanda is proud to be associated with and work alongside Wildlands Conservation Trust, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, Wildlife Act, Space For Elephants and African Impact.

In recognition of World Rhino Day 2011 and the dire situation of the African rhino, Thanda is focusing on fighting the battle to preserve our precious wildlife heritage and is actively involved in the conservation efforts of Project Rhino.  Thanda has been championing and supporting this initiative in multiple ways and is one of the founding members of Project Rhino.  Project Rhino is an association of like-minded organizations allowing collective co-ordination of rhino conservation interventions, which are aimed at eliminating rhino poaching and securing the rhino population in KwaZulu-Natal.

The members of Project Rhino recognize that the work in conserving and protecting rhinos from poaching is symbolic of the threat faced by all wildlife, as they will all benefit from actions taken by Project Rhino.  Project Rhino will bring together organizations with a common vision and goal; identify synergies through an integrated, common approach, and collectively become a representative body which carries powerful leverage ability.

Project Rhino outlines the need to prevent duplication of projects / or fund raising events, create a common vision and credibility within the general public, educate the general public by producing generic releases for use by all members, educate rural communities and collaborate, support and promote each member.

The objectives of Project Rhino include: Increased intelligence – information and informant networks |Increased surveillance (with appropriate technologies, aerial and GPS chips) | Increased field ranger competence (training) | Increased advocacy (legal aspects) | Increased communication sharing (central repository for information) | Increased public awareness and education.

As part of a recent game-release program, Thanda introduced 100 nyala and 15 waterbuck onto the 11 000-hectare private reserve.  Thanda is excited to have been granted permits for more rhino and recently acquired and released an undisclosed number of white rhino onto the land.  Thanda ensures that it has the constant proactive vigilance of anti-poaching teams to protect the reserve’s wildlife from ruthless poaching operations.

Rhinos are part of the big five animals and are popularly marketed by game reserves throughout southern and eastern Africa but are sadly being viciously and illegally hunted for their horns.  Rhino horn is commercially popular in the Asian market for its medicinal applications and uses, and is believed by some to have aphrodisiac properties.

Thanda is dedicated to the plight of this magnificent creature and wants to see the rhino removed from the critically endangered species list before reserves can only market big four safari’s to visitors.  Road Travel applaud this wonderful lodge’s dedication and support their efforts all the way.  Contact us to find out more.