Save the Waterberg Rhino
Shortly after the project was foundered it was decided that STWR would officially become a project of the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve (WBR). The aims and objectives of STWR aligns with the aims and objectives of the WBR; endangered species conservation, awareness, education and social upliftment. In addition the project could fast-track its position as a Rhino Conservation Project through the use of the Non Profit and Public Beneficiary status of the WBR, so that the project could focus on fundraising and setting up the project and start protecting rhinos. This has also allowed for financial and capacity support to STWR from the WBR. As a recognised organisation that is monitored and evaluated both internationally and nationally the WBR also lends creditability to STWR in a time where many dishonest rhino charities have emerged.
SAVE the WATERBERG RHINO NPC is set within the contiguous Waterberg area, which is approximately 1.7 million hectares, within Limpopo Province. This geographical area, which is sparsely populated and has little infrastructure in regards to roads and transport links offers an opportunity of cost effective rhino protection advertising, security monitoring and centralised operational unit which is key to both deterring poachers coming to the area in the first place (other areas will be seen as easier targets) as well as rapid responses to poaching scenes which will further act as a deterrent, if there is a good chance the poacher could get caught.
The Waterberg habitat is suitable for both white and black rhino and historically it is an important place for the recovery of both species. It is therefore critical that rhinos remain within this area and not seen as a liability by private land owners who would rather sell their rhino than face the full costs of keeping them alive. We endeavour to help rhino owners keep rhino in the Waterberg.
Waterberg Rhino Population
The Waterberg is home to the second largest concentration of rhino outside of the Kruger National Park and we support a herd of over 1000 rhino in the Waterberg. Both white and black rhino occurs in reserves across the Waterberg. Our members spend in excess of R80 million a year on running their reserves and with nearly half of that being spent on rhino security and anti-poaching, the cost of securing these magnificent animals is astronomical.
Save the Waterberg Rhino is in the forefront of trying to save this last frontier for the rhino. With more than 10% of South Africa’s rhino in the Waterberg and our national parks under serious attack by poachers, we believe that this population is vital to the survival of the species.
The Aims of STWR
To fundraise in order to achieve the mission and all other objectives.
To enhance general security in the Waterberg, whereby rhino security and security of communities are increased.
To promote awareness locally and internationally pertaining to the rhino poaching crisis and the STWR efforts to assist with counteracting the onslaught in the Waterberg.
To facilitate employment opportunities, through rhino security and tourism, and thereby enhancing sustainable livelihoods.
To facilitate training that is in support of security, anti-poaching and rhino conservation.
To support environmental education opportunities that relate to rhino protection and conservation.
Rhinos poached in South Africa
How we are funded
We are funded entirely by donations. Over 90% of the work put into the project is pro-bono by numerous members of our community, therefore allowing for most of the funds raised to go directly towards our work in saving rhinos and not to administrative costs. This will ensure that all our donors know that any donations go directly to protecting the Waterberg’s rhino population. It is of great importance to us that we are completely transparent, so that donors know exactly what their money has been used for and can be entirely confident that their money has been entirely dedicated to the mission and aims of Save the Waterberg Rhino. Any donor will have access to our audited accounts, in order that they can see how their money has been used. We will also keep you informed of projects and handovers as they occur via our website, newsletters and Facebook page.
How you can help
You can start by asking for more information from your guide or host at dinner. We will happily speak to you about the issues surrounding rhino poaching. You can also add your voice by speaking to your friends and family about the issue.
Sign up for the newsletter via the website to get updates on progress.
“Like” the Save the Waterberg Rhino page on Facebook.
Take home a poster and put it up in your office.
Buy a t-shirt or bumper sticker in our curio shop.
Leave a donation in our donation box in the lodge for Save the Waterberg Rhino, a non profit company dedicated to protecting rhinos in the local area.
Become a friend of Save the Waterberg Rhino for R1500 per year.
Visit the website www.waterbergrhino.com to see what they are doing and make a donation via the website.
Save The Waterberg Rhino NPC
PO Box 441
Maylene Broderick – Chairman:
+27 (0) 82 378 3227
Tessa Baber – Founder – Deputy Chairman:
+27 (0) 83 681 8944
Kelly Abram – Treasurer:
+27 (0) 60 455 9304
Jessica Babich – Secretary:
+27 (0) 84 404 7800
Thupa Seegers – Security Chairman:
+27 (0) 82 922 3794
Anton Walker – Director and Rhino Specialist:
+27 (0) 78 665 7807
Local Patron – Clive Walker
International Patron – Marc Knopfler