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I’m William Ebersohn. Running 100 kilometers is no small feat, but this year, I’m ready to take on the full distance. Last year, I managed 75 kilometers, but now, as a Grade 12 student and a more seasoned runner, I’m pushing myself to the limit.

Growing up in Niassa Reserve, Mozambique, I was surrounded by game rangers and witnessed firsthand the vital work they do to protect our incredible wildlife. This experience has deeply ingrained in me a profound respect for their efforts and a strong desire to support them.

This year, I am joining Harry Bailey once again on his run through Babanango Game Reserve to raise funds for these exceptional men and women who risk their lives daily. As one of the participants from Hilton College, I am honored to take part in this meaningful journey.

The funds we raise will support Project Rhino and Babanango Game Reserve, providing their rangers with essential resources, training, and equipment to combat poaching, enforce conservation laws, and promote sustainable practices.

I’m not saying it will be easy, and there will undoubtedly be tough moments. However, I am resolute in my purpose and take immense pride in running for such a crucial cause.

I invite you to join me in this endeavor by generously making a one-time donation now. Together, we can make a significant difference in protecting our precious wildlife and supporting those who dedicate their lives to this cause.

Join Wim in activating generosity by donating now.

Babanago 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.

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.

Name Donate Amount Date
Paul van Aswegen R5,000.00 July 3, 2024 12:49 PM
Anonymous R2,000.00 July 3, 2024 8:47 AM
Rob Craig R2,000.00 July 3, 2024 8:03 AM