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Project information

Saving the Black Rhino

To re-build the black rhino population in Africa, but primarily in Namibia and South Africa through anti-poaching measures and breeding campaigns.


Charity information: David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

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  • Need


    Poaching wars in the 1970s and 1980s wiped out 98% of Africa's black rhino population and the species faced extinction. Today, thanks to a number of conservation projects in the region, numbers are on the increase, but there is still much work to be done if the black rhino is to survive in the wild.


    The project aims to tackle the problem with a series of measures both to protect and conserve the rhino.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To increase black rhino numbers in the wild in Namibia


    » Anti-poaching patrols will reduce the incidence of illegal hunting of the rhino
    » Monitoring programmes will provide conservationists with data on rhino numbers, territories and habitats.
    » Community conservation projects will pass benefits received through increased tourism to the local population.

    What success will look like

    Success will see the rhino population increase further and our understanding of how and where they live improve for the benefit of other black rhino populations.

  • Impact


    The population of black rhinos is expected to increase to sustainable levels. Local communities will better realise the importance of the rhino to their economies with increasing eco-tourism and employment opportunities.


    Poaching is a major threat to the rhino population and economic pressures or financial incentives can have a major impact on numbers killed. The Foundation funds anti-poaching patrols in conjunction with other conservation measures to reduce the risk to rhino numbers.


    The project will report back to the Foundation at regular intervals and they will be forwarded to donors as needed. Additional updates will be provided generally via the Foundation's website and newsletters.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £18,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,000 Field equipment Anti-poaching patrol supplies
      £5,000 Salaries Project manager, assistants and rangers
      £5,000 Field monitoring Field staff and monitoring equipment
      £3,000 Outreach Community visits, staff time, fuel
      £1,000 Admin Reporting, accounting, PR costs and staff
  • Background


    The Kunene Province in Namibia currently home to between 100 and 200 black rhinos.


    The black rhino population will benefit directly, but local communities will benefit from increased outside interest though eco tourism.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Foundation has been working with partners in the region since 1994 and has seen black rhino numbers increase from around 30 animals to between 100 and 200 today, thanks to its support. Working with conservation experts and local communities has enabled the Foundation to get close to the black rhino and to foster widespread support for its initiatives.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Save The Rhino Trust (SRT)

    The Foundation will work closely with partner organisation, SRT, set up to work with government and local leaders in the region to conserve the rhino.