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Project information

Supporting Save the Rhino International

Save the Rhino works to conserve viable populations of critically endangered rhinos in Africa and Asia. Our goal is to deliver significant, long-lasting and widespread benefits to rhinos, the ecosystems they inhabit and the people with which they coexist.


Charity information: Save the Rhino International

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  • Need


    At the beginning of the 19th Century, there were approximately 1,000,000 rhinos. At the beginning of the 21st Century, there were less than 25,000. Three of the five species of rhino are classified as Critically Endangered and all are threatened by poaching and habitat loss. Rhino poaching is set to hit a15 year high due to the increasing Asian demand for rhino horn, which is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine.


    Save the Rhino provides grass-root level support to a variety of projects, in both Africa and Asia, which address rhino conservation through a number of measures including: community conservation and development; anti-poaching and monitoring patrols; environmental education programmes; translocations; veterinary work and research.
    Saving rhinos also means saving large tracts of habitat and therefore entire ecosystems, benefiting hundreds of other species including the local human populations.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide financial support for in situ projects focused on all five of the rhinoceros species.


    » Fundraising from events and overseas challenges such as lectures, dinners, marathons and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
    » Fundraising from grant making organisations and corporate partners.
    » Fundraising from donations, a membership scheme, merchandise sales, gift aid, VAT reclaims and gifts-in-kind.
    » Providing grants to 15 field programmes working towards rhino conservation in Africa and Asia.

    What success will look like

    Continue to support: >50% of black and Sumatran rhinos, 100% of Javan rhinos; 52,848km2 of high biodiversity land, employment for >350 local staff and community development.

    Aim 2

    Encourage the sharing of information & skills between rhino programmes & conservation organisations


    » Field visits by Save the Rhino staff in collaboration with other conservation organisations as well as field staff exchange visits between projects.
    » Attendance, presentations and collaborations at international scientific and conservation management meetings.
    » Providing technical support and sharing of lessons learnt from reviews and evaluations to field programmes.
    » Recruiting zoo based expertise to support field programmes.

    What success will look like

    Increased communication and collaboration between in situ and ex situ conservation projects.

    Aim 3

    To measure and improve the effectiveness of our grant-making and charitable activities.


    » Implementing strict grant application processes and programme selection criteria.
    » Carrying out annual reviews of field programmes and strict grant reporting.
    » Meeting Charity Commission requirements and providing audited annual accounts and Annual Report.
    » Strong governance and accountability activities and thorough risk assessment.

    What success will look like

    Continued support of fields that match our aims and objectives and are making a significant and measurable contribution to rhino conservation.

    Aim 4

    To raise awareness of the need for rhino conservation and communicate the work of Save the Rhino.


    » Provide high quality information and field updates through our website, supporters’ biannual magazine and monthly ezine.
    » Launch annual awareness raising appeals.
    » Act as a voice of authority in the media by providing reactive and proactive information on rhino conservation issues and news.

    What success will look like

    Increased media attention for rhino conservation issues and increased support for Save the Rhino and the projects it supports.

  • Impact


    Increases in all rhino species' population figures demonstrable by the removal of the black, Sumatran and Javan from the Critically Endangered list.

    Increased protection of land inhabited by rhinos that is both inside and outside of National Parks.

    Providing benefits for communities living in close proximity to wildlife so that conflicts are mitigated and local communities are involved in the conservation of wildlife and sustainable natural resource management.


    Field programmes supported by Save the Rhino face the risk of political unrest and/or natural disaster in key rhino range areas. Whenever such risks are faced, Save the Rhino closely monitors the situation and provides support for ground staff and any necessary changes in activity. We also risk supporting projects that do not deliver their intended outcomes. To prevent this we develop long-term relationships and work closely with field staff to make sure achievements are being made.


    Donors receive our biannual supporters' magazine which includes updates from the field programmes demonstrating their recent activities and how Save the Rhino grants are being spent. We also provide annual audited accounts and an Annual Report. Specific grant reports are available on request.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,500 Fundraising costs Event costs and purchase of new rhino costumes which are used for fundraising activities
      £2,500 Information sharing Cost of attendance at international meetings and technical support for programmes
      £2,500 Monitoring and evaluation Production of annual audited accounts and costs of grant reporting and management
      £7,500 Communications Costs of biannual supporters' magazine and contribution to Communication Manager's salary
  • Background


    Save the Rhino is based in the UK and supports field programmes in six countries in Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa) and two in Asia (India and Indonesia). We also work with zoos and other conservation organisations based worldwide.


    Over 50% of the black and Sumatran rhino populations and 100% of the Javan rhino population benefit from the work of Save the Rhino. Our work also helps to conserve 45825km2 of high biodiversity land in Africa and 7023km2 in Asia whilst providing direct employment for over 350 local staff and supporting community development and environmental education programmes that reach over 305,000 people.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    As a small charity we often punch higher than our weight enabled by cost control and tight cash forecasting. The office in London forgoes expensive furniture, carpet and equipment in order to make sure the maximum amount of funds goes out to the field programmes. In the last financial year 64% of our total income went directly to the field programmes and conservation activities we support.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Cathy Dean

    Director since 2001, Cathy has been working tirelessly to improve fundraising capabilities & making sure our grants are making the biggest difference.

    Lucy Boddam-Whetham

    As Fundraising Manager is responsible for project fundraising and grant reporting and management.

    Cath Lawson

    As Office & Communications Manager is responsible for financial administration and external communications (website, supporters' magazine, etc.)