It hasn’t taken long for the criminal element to exploit our rhino plight even further. There are a number of scams involving bogus fund raisers, even fake rhino horn being offered to gullible buyers out to make a quick buck. South African National Parks (SANparks) have started a scam watch on their website sanparks.org and made the following statement: It has come to our attention that a lot of people have been […]

We believe our future can, and should, be powered by nature. The energy systems in place across the planet within the next four years will define the world’s climate change path for generations. All countries have a right to develop, yet we need to invest money now in clean and renewable energy – to limit dangerous climate change, to reduce the risk to human health from fossil fuels, to fast-track […]

Building community rhino ambassadors can be the single biggest living deterrent to rhino poaching. So says Dr Bandile Mkhize, CEO of Ezemvelo KZN wildlife, speaking of the Kingsley Holgate Foundation. He goes on to say, Communities are not some solid block of people who necessarily think the way our recently selected 400 rhino ambassadors around Hluhluwe- iMfolozi Park, Ndumo and Tembe do. There are hundreds of thousands of people who […]

This months Ranger Report from Leopard Mountain Lodge: Entering our winter season we can say hello to some of our winter bird life. The Yellowthroated Longclaw has been a favourite on drives and a special Black Coucal sighting was also reported. With the rains coming to an end, the breeding herd of Elephants have been moving to the south and we have been very fortunate to have had some special […]

   The sequencing of DNA is being used in a variety of species to produce ‘barcodes’ that allow the identification of individuals in some of the species threatened with extinction by illegal trade.  Since researchers plotted the entire human genome they have gone on to do the same for a whole variety of creatures that fly, walk or swim.  Databases are being compiled that will allow law enforcement officials to identify […]

This was posted on Google+ by Kathryn Kure, after a recent meeting of Project Rhino KZN: Spot the man with the white beard at the back? That’s Kingsley Holgate, raconteur of note, spell-binding story-teller, traveller and humanitarian He popped into our last meeting of Project Rhino KZN, which cause he has adopted (spot the logo on the back of the Landy) and enthralled us all with his escapades. His talk […]

Founded in 1969, the International Fund for Animal Welfare saves individual animals, animal populations and habitats all over the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW provides hands-on assistance to animals in need, whether it’s dogs and cats, wildlife and livestock, or rescuing animals in the wake of disasters. We also advocate saving populations from cruelty and depletion, such as our campaign to end commercial whaling and seal […]

In South Africa, 280 rhino have been killed to date for 2013. At this rate, it is predicted 1 000 rhino will be slaughtered this year. South Africa is home to more than 90% of the global rhino population. Scientists forecast if poaching rises as fast as it did between 2009 and 2012 the population will go into decline by 2016.   The price of rhino horn has overtaken the price of […]

Gobisa, the Thula Thula male elephant who suffered from “increased testosterone levels”, having fun running after game drive vehicles, has now been cured from his “attention seeking” attitude which gave an adrenaline rush to some of our guests (and our rangers too..) For those who remember, Numzane had to be put down for extreme violent behavior a few years ago; only afterwards did we discover he had a severe abscess […]