From Tragedy to Purpose!

From Tragedy to Purpose!

The senseless and brutal slaughter of Chippy and Isipho, two white rhino breeding bulls, and – just weeks later – the vicious poaching of a third rhino, Geza, tragically brought home the devastating reality of the full-blown poaching epidemic in South Africa for owners Brent and Chantelle Cook. “Even though we had been involved in wildlife and rhino conservation since 2003, it was an absolute shock and a real wake-up call to lose two of our rhino on our reserve and one we had sold on to a neighbouring reserve, all very special to us, and to become part of the horrifying rhino poaching statistics in South Africa,” says Brent. “We could not sit on the side lines. We had to move forward from the tragedy to a new purpose, and we established the Chipembere Rhino Foundation (CRF) to protect and preserve the last few rhino in Southern Africa – Saving Rhino One at a Time – and ensuring no other rhino endured senseless suffering like Chippy, Isipho and Geza did.” Every year on the 16 November, at the Rhino Remembrance Memorial at God’s Window on Amakhala Game Reserve, Chippy, Isipho and Geza is celebrated and remembered, along with the 7,000 other rhinos tragically lost to poachers across South Africa since 2010. “We salute Chippy, Isipho and Geza – and all the other rhino lost. They are gone, but never forgotten. In their memory, we recommit to our mission: Saving Rhino One at a Time!” says Brent. Chippy CHIPPY ‘Chippy’ – short for ‘Chipembere’, which means ‘rhinoceros’ in Shona, and also referred to the ‘chip’ in his horn –...

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