Chipembere Salutes Rangers this World Ranger Day

Chipembere Salutes Rangers this World Ranger Day

World Ranger Day is marked annually on July 31st to acknowledge and honour the hard work, passion and dedication of our rangers who spend day and night making sure our wildlife are safe and protected. World Ranger Day is also a day to commemorate and pay tribute to rangers who have lost their lives in the line of duty fighting to protect iconic and endangered species like the rhino and elephant – animals widely targeted by poachers for the illegal wildlife trade. On the ground, the brave conservation soldiers of the Anti-Poaching Units (APU) face hot days and long, cold nights patrolling thousands of kilometres of bush, up against poaching syndicates that are armed, dangerous, highly-organised and well-equipped. To ensure that APUs are professionally equipped and motivated for their vital role on the frontline, Chipembere Rhino Foundation (CRF) donates proven and tested anti-poaching equipment for APU rangers, including bullet-proof vests, first aid kits, uniforms, boots, torches, hydration backpacks, monitoring, tracking and essential field equipment. CRF also funds effective training courses facilitated by the The Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA) including guidance for rangers in correct arrest procedures, the lawful and appropriate use of force and Advanced Marksmen and Tactics for Night Operations training programmes. Established in 2010 to protect and preserve the diminishing number of rhino in Southern Africa, CRF’s key focus is to lend our solid reputation, significant experience and vast network of resources to provide proven tools to improve stringent anti-poaching efforts that will assist Southern Africa’s Rhino custodians in protecting Rhino against poaching on the ground – where it counts! “We rely solely on donor...
The Rhino Ride donates R60,000 to CRF

The Rhino Ride donates R60,000 to CRF

Chantelle Cook (CRF), Andre Barnard (GM: Sales) and Glenn McKeag (CEO) of Springbok Atlas Tours and Safaris   CRF is delighted to have received a R60,000 donation from The Rhino Ride, a unique conservation initiative supported by Springbok Atlas Tours and Safaris, which will bolster CRF’s ongoing projects to create rhino conservation awareness and fund critical anti-poaching interventions. The official handover took place in Berlin, where Springbok Atlas Tours and Safaris attended a trade show. This donation is part of an ongoing contribution to CRF as specific Springbok Atlas Tours and Safaris tours are sold. CRF – along with The Next Generation Conservation Trust Namibia – is a selected beneficiary of The Rhino Ride, a conservation initiative supported by Springbok Atlas Tours and Safaris, a Cape Town based tour operator. For each guest booked on specific long-distance tours, a donation is made to the rhino conservation beneficiaries, which were chosen based on their credibility and transparent fund application. Springbok Atlas Tours and Safaris believe that tourism can and does play a vital role in the conservation of Africa’s spectacular wild places. The Rhino Ride is aimed at creating awareness and sustainable support in the fight against rhino poaching through guided tours. This unique project also offers a platform for diverse partners in tourism and business to get involved and actively contribute towards the greater goal of eradicating rhino poaching. “The Rhino Ride is an initiative called to life by myself and Gavin Green from Swartberg Biking around five years ago,” says Andre Barnard, GM: Sales at Springbok Atlas Tours and Safaris. “The idea is to support selected rhino conservation...
Kosta’s 250th summit of Lions Head: Reaching the Lion 500 Halfway Milestone

Kosta’s 250th summit of Lions Head: Reaching the Lion 500 Halfway Milestone

Just before sunrise on 24 May, Kosta Papageorgiou summited Lions Head Mountain in Cape Town for the 250th time since 11 September 2017, reaching the half way mark of an inspiring goal to complete 500 summits by the end of 2018 for the Lion 500 Fund Raising Challenge. Kosta has been climbing Lions Head Mountain daily, and sometimes even two or three times a day -braving extreme heat, rain showers, thick mist and slippery trails – in support of the Lion 500 Fund Raising Challenge. And for his milestone 250th summit, he was surrounded by supporters, friends and some of Cape town’s most experienced hikers, to make a positive difference and to remember fallen fellow hiker, Jennifer Harlow. Another 250 summits lie ahead, begging the question: “What motivates Kosta and his supporters?” “I used to climb the mountain frequently, just for the love of it,” says Kosta, who is a Cape Town tour guide and hosts teambuilding for corporate companies. “However, after I lost a friend to suicide caused by depression, and another very dear friend of mine survived rape, I felt very helpless. Being in nature seemed to ease the pain. I began to feel as if I were avenging my friends by climbing the mountain and reaching the top in their honour. Then I started to think about how I could make a positive difference, bringing hope and inspiration to others who face similar ordeals as my friends did. And that is how the Lion 500 Fund Raising Challenge was born. “I started with two causes, Rape Crisis and South African Depression and Anxiety Organisation, to honour...
Eastern Cape Senior APU teams trained for night operations

Eastern Cape Senior APU teams trained for night operations

On the frontline of local rhino counter poaching efforts are a brave core of field rangers, working in harsh and hostile environments – day and night – often facing poachers who are armed, organised and ruthless. Ten highly skilled APU rangers attended a 5 day/night Advanced Marksmen and Tactics for Night Operations training programme, funded by the Chipembere Rhino Foundation (CRF) and facilitated in conjunction with the Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA). “Our rangers are on the frontline of conservation, protecting our wildlife. They need to be well-trained, well-equipped and well-supported,” says Brent Cook, founder of CRF, which specialises in providing anti-poaching teams with vital equipment and advanced training; as well as sourcing, testing and funding technology for rhino monitoring; and funding tracking and apprehension dogs. “The Advanced Marksmen and Night Operations training programme is vital to ensure APU rangers are prepared, trained and upskilled to do their jobs ethically, effectively and safely. These intensive training programmes also improve the rangers’ confidence, boosts morale and provides a platform for rangers to get familiar working in joint operations between different reserves. It creates a sense of camaraderie, pride and trust, which is critical to successful anti-poaching efforts.” Ten senior APU rangers from two bordering Eastern Cape wildlife reserves, Shamwari and Amakhala, were selected based on strict criteria to attend the training course at Amakhala. It covered advanced application of weapon skill set training, weapon safety, maintenance, latest technology, tactical movement and use of cover training. The night operations training covered the use of weapons at night, tactical use of flashlights for shooting in low light and darkness, and tactical...
Abilene Zoo, Texas, Donates $5,000

Abilene Zoo, Texas, Donates $5,000

From the left: Stephanie DeLaGarza; Sandra Turner; Bill Gersonde; Paige Rudasics; Roy Greer; Joy Harsh; John Black; Jessica Scherry. The Abilene Zoo is a small 16-acre (6.5 ha) zoo in Abilene, Texas that is making a big difference to conservation efforts around the world. Recently, it donated $5,000 to the Chipembere Rhino Foundation to support its efforts in protecting the rhinos in Southern Africa. The Abilene Zoo is home to more than 1,000 animals, representing 250 species. Primarily funded by the City of Abilene and the Abilene Zoological Society, the zoo has been an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) since 1985. The Abilene Zoo participates in and supports a variety of conservation programs including the AZA Species Survival Plan. The mission of an AZA Species Survival Plan® (SSP) is to manage and conserve a select and typically threatened or endangered captive population of a certain species. AZA institutions currently manage more than 115 SSP Programs, each of which is responsible for developing a Master Plan that identifies population management goals and recommendation to ensure the sustainability of a healthy, genetically diverse, and demographically varied population. Through the Abilene Zoo Conservation Fund, financial support is provided to reputable organizations that perform a variety of conservation-based activities, research and support. One such project is the Abilene Zoo Quarters for Conservation initiative. Abilene Zoo Quarters for Conservation Since October 2015, $.025 of each admission to the Zoo is donated to the Abilene Zoo Conservation Fund. Each year, three organizations are selected as beneficiaries of the funding raised. Zoo guests vote for one of the three featured organizations...

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