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My Name is Lauren Nel, I am a born and bred Durbanite. I grew up in Hillcrest and went to St Mary’s. I am extremely excited to be taking on a The Run for Rangers challenge which is a two day 100km run through a Big 5 game reserve.  Being a running addict myself I was asked the other day what I was training for, and I couldn’t really answer because I’ve never really dived outside of the 21km race mark, running has always been a consistent part of my identity. It is something I’ve never started or stopped around a fixture. It is an ongoing part of my daily fix. Something that figuratively and literally gets me up in the mornings.

Until I had a conversation with my boss about Run for Rangers. I instantly knew this was a challenge I wanted to conquer and something I wanted to be able to share with my community, friends and family.

I would describe myself as someone who loves to be pushed outside their comfort zone whilst discovering new places and sharing those experiences with new people. I am always up for a challenge, a new hobby or a passion project.

I want to take part in Run for Rangers because since completing the Camino De Santiago last year, I have realized the importance of taking part in causes bigger than ourselves. I think run for rangers is a unique and extraordinary event that needs to be seen, shared and felt. I want to be a part of that feeling. 

Running has showed me how people can pull together in the most resilient moments. It would be an honour to cross the line with the fellow members taking part in this event.

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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.

Project Rhino initiatives range from urgent anti-poaching and wildlife crime interventions to a long-term outlook focused on developing empowered communities who own, manage and protect the Conservation Economy.

Project Rhino’s Four Pillars of Support

The Project Rhino platform ensures that efforts to protect white and black rhino populations are coherent and avoids duplication of work. It collaborates with anti-poaching and wildlife economy initiatives throughout southern Africa to share strategies and best practices. Project Rhino follows a four-pronged approach:

Co-ordination Unit: The team that keeps the engines running: 1) mobilising stakeholders; 2) gathering and synthesising anti-poaching intelligence; 3) prioritising needs; and 4) sourcing funds and donations. Without effective coordination, we would see a disjointed and dysfunctional response to wildlife crime – resulting in higher poaching numbers.

Ranger and Technical Support: Direct training equipment support to rangers, anti-poaching technologies, dehorning interventions, equipping, and supporting the K9 and Equine units, and the ZAP-Wing aerial surveillance unit, including the lease and support costs of the airfield at Hluhluwe, northern KZN.

Wildlife Youth & Leadership Development (WYLD): Interaction and education of youth and wildlife communities through Rhino (Wild) Art, Youth Camps, Leadership Forums, World Youth Wildlife Summit and others. Helping to build our current and future conservation champions through supportive platforms.

Conservation Economy and Enterprise: Supporting livelihoods by building a network of responsible use landscapes that provide opportunities for local job creation and small business development, including permaculture food gardens.

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