Supporting EC’s Conservation Soldiers

Supporting EC’s Conservation Soldiers

To salute and support our brave conservation soldiers and show appreciation of their crucial role in the battle to save our rhino, the Chipembere Rhino Foundation in collaboration with RAGES (Rotarian Action Group for Endangered Species), undertook a mission to collect bonus rations for the men of the Eastern Cape Rhino Anti-Poaching Units (APU). “Day and night these committed men and women remain the first line of defence for our Rhino. This sometimes thankless job that can go at times unnoticed requires an incredible amount of professionalism and passionate dedication from these Rhino Anti-Poaching Units (APU). Their actions ensure the safety of our wildlife in the large wilderness areas that they patrol, areas that are fraught with danger and often against a ruthless criminal element,” says Brent Cook, Founding Director of Chipembere Rhino Foundation. “An army marches on its stomach” said Napoleon Boneparte. The extra rations collected would go directly to the men in the Anti-Poaching Units on the front line at 5 local reserves and a national park, where they patrol 24-7, protecting our wildlife, to show them support, boost their morale and keep them marching towards victory. The campaign was launched on 8 April 2016, following a brutal assault on the Eastern Cape in the first four months of 2016, including the devastating Sibuya Game Reserve poaching in March that left Bingo and two rhino cows dead. This poaching incident was reminiscent of the Kariega Game Reserve poaching of Thandi, Themba and Bull no 84 in 2012. The community was, once again, rocked to its very core and the events had a demoralising effect on conservation efforts...

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