Project Rhino, an initiative to stop wildlife crime in KwaZulu-Natal, was formally launched at the Hluhluwe-iMfolozo Hilltop Conference Centre this month. This collective partnership was launched by 15 leading wildlife conservation organizations, including Dr. Ian Player’s organization– The Magqubu Ntombela Foundation. Dr. Player, world-renowned wildlife conservationist and WILD’s founding father, was flown by helicopter from his home to the launch of initiative. “The Project Rhino objectives need to be a symbolic determination to ensure that all environmental protection laws and Wildlife Conservation are strictly adhered to,” said Dr Player.
Through awareness campaigns, the public (rural communities) will be educated about the importance of protecting wildlife. Monthly forum meetings will include a press conference to give the public an opportunity to learn more about wildlife crime and rhino poaching. A spokesperson for Project Rhino said that “anyone who cares for the security of our national assets,” including school teachers, religious organizations, journalists, community radio stations, etc., is welcome to attend these public forums.
Project Rhino brings together organizations with a common vision and goal; identifies synergies through an integrated, common approach, and collectively, is a representative body which carries powerful leverage ability. This provincial initiative has the full endorsement of Dr. Ian Player,who is widely credited with saving the White Rhino from extinction in the 1960’s. Read the full Zulu Observer article and learn more about Project Rhino and its partners!