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Growing up, both running and nature have been a major part of my life. With the family holidays to game reserves and spending so much time in the bush, I have fallen in love with the bush and wildlife photography constantly wanting to go back to it all the time.

Knowing and understanding what game Rangers do and the role they play in keeping the game reserves, which I love, in the best possible condition.

After finding out that Harry Bailey was running again, I immediately seized the opportunity to do the Run the Rangers Run and to help play my part in raising awareness.

I am incredibly fortunate to have this opportunity to run in a game reserve all to spread awareness and help raise money. Having known Harry from Hilton College I am very excited to participate knowing he is doing a good cause.

As a student at Hilton college 5 of us will be running a total of 100km in a relay group alongside Harry and the other runners through Babanango Big 5 Game Reserve.

The funds raised will be going towards helping Project Rhino and Babanango Game Reserve to empower their rangers with essential resources, training, and equipment needed to combat poaching, enforce conservation laws, and promote sustainable practices.

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Babanango Game reserve, South Africa

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Babanango Game Reserve, located in the heart of Zululand, Kwazulu-Natal, is a showcase for one of the most ambitious rewilding projects in Southern Africa in recent years. Set among the breathtaking topography of the upper White Umfolozi River Valley, the reserve occupies a vast wilderness area of over 20,000 hectares that is steeped in Zulu history and layered upon geological features that date back to the beginning of time. The rugged mountains and valleys provide refuge for an extraordinary diversity of birds, plants, insects, reptiles, and mammals, including the elusive aardvark and aardwolf.

Visitors to Babanango Game Reserve can be assured of an unrivalled safari experience due to highly knowledgeable guides and a range of activities to choose from. Significant historical battle sites, such as Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, are located close by.

Project Rhino was launched on World Rhino Day, 22 September 2011. It is a rhino-focussed association that brings together a provincial government conservation body, private and community-owned reserves, rhino owners, leading conservation NGOs and anti-poaching security specialists in the common aim of fighting wildlife crime.

Together with South Africa’s Kruger National Park, Project Rhino member reserves are collectively responsible for the protection of the world’s largest rhino population, as well as the most genetically diverse white rhino population. Devastatingly, our rhino have become a target for highly organised poaching rings and crime syndicates, fuelled largely by an ongoing and unfounded demand by traditional Eastern medicine. Rhino numbers have plummeted – more than 8,000 have been lost in RSA in the last decade – whilst the costs of keeping the remaining populations safe have increased astronomically.