OUR RHINO PROJECTS
ANTI POACHING PROJECT
The overall protection of the rhinos remains an in the field situation. The Park has through donations from the PWT and other sources been able to equip and train field rangers, as well as now having a dedicated K9 unit.
The park has to remain one step ahead of the poachers, however, so the purchase of specialised equipment will always be needed as well as continually training new field rangers and giving refresher courses and new skills to old hands.
Fund raising for specifically protecting rhinos is an ongoing project that the trust has been involved with for the past two years and will continue into the future.
There are various ways to assist the PWT in raising funds for this project and we urge you to please contact the PWT to find out how!
When making a donation towards the rhinos please state so on your payment reference!
Rhino Identification and DNA collection Project
At present the focus is on creating a database of information on each rhino within the Park. To increase our knowledge of rhinos, the park uses a technique of "notching" where a specific pattern is cut into the ears which enables ground monitors to individually identify that animal, who it is with, where it stays and other biological data such as birth intervals.
At the same time DNA is collected as part of the National Rhino Project that analyses and stores this data that can be used as evidence in the case of rhino poaching.
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Join us on one of our notching activities and experience the magic of being close to a rhino for yourself
Dogs act as an early warning and safety barrier for the Rangers and handlers. It seems as if the poachers are becoming more heavily armed with some poachers even carry hand grenades with them.
While the poachers cut the horn on the downed rhino, the rest of the group lays an ambush in case the field rangers come upon them. In situations like that, the value of a well-trained dog is immeasurable. A close bond between handler and dog is vital.
For example, my dog will lift his tail when he has a strong scent; he will lift his ear if there are animals nearby, and the hair on his back will raise when there are people close.
In situations where there is contact the dog can go forward and distract the poachers giving the field Rangers an advantage.
The early warning and scent tracking ability of the dogs provide us with an edge at night when poachers are most active.
Dogs are also more efficient in following tracks and are less susceptible to anti-tracking decoys as they follow the scent straight through.
In conclusion like most things, dogs are not infallible, but they play a significant role in a multi-faceted defence strategy. (trained field rangers, appropriate equipment, dogs, communication, intelligence and support).
Written by David Powrie, SSW Operations Manager
Human Scent Tracking
Locating poachers by following their spoor in the bush.
A dog can be taught to protect and defend his handler and those around him. Handlers are taught when its safe (and appropriate) to send a dog in. The safety of the dog is of utmost importance.
Detection of ammunitions:
Poachers often stash their weapons, especially if there is a chance of being arrested. Locating these weaops is vital to linking the poachers to an incident, or the weapon / poachers to any previous incidents.
Rhino horn detection:
This is useful when horns could have been stashed for a later pick-up, or to detect horns during road blocks or at reserve security check points.
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Pilanesberg National Park
North West Province, South Africa
The Key Objectives of the Pilanesberg Wildlife Trust
Conservation and eco-tourism in the Pilanesberg National Park.
Conservation of the beauty and the bio-diversity of the Pilanesberg.
Promoting socio economic upliftment in the related fields of nature conservation & tourism within the local communities residing on the periphery of the Pilanesberg National Park.
Internal and external corporate communications.
Fundraising to meet the requirements as per above objectives.
ABOUT THE PILANESBERG WILDLIFE TRUST
Given the challenges surrounding the government funding for conservation areas, the North West Parks & Tourism Board established the Pilanesberg Wildlife Trust to fund raise and support conservation projects in and around the park.
One of the focus areas is to develop projects that have the potential to generate funds for the Trust, a registered Public Benefits Organisation (PBO), in order to make it more sustainable.