• Petra Vandecasteele

Journey Into the Rhino Horn War

During a 2-year period, filmmakers Susan Scott and Bonné De Bod filmed special ranger units inside the Kruger National Park and the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, flew in countless helicopters just above the tree line, accompanied the police on raids and arrests, walked with rangers patrolling in the heart of the African wilderness and travelled undercover to the dangerous back rooms of wildlife traffickers and dealers in China and Vietnam.

The result of this nerve-racking investigation is a powerful, hard-hitting, and moving documentary that will challenge and shock viewers. Susan and Bonné hope that their documentary will help raise global awareness on the rhino crisis.

Knowledge is power. If we don’t know the problem, we can't rectify it.

Click here to download Susan and Bonné's multiple award-winning independent documentary.

According to the Peace Parks Foundation (PPF), South Africa is home to approximately 80% of the world’s wild rhino, with only an estimated 5000 black rhino and less than 20 000 white rhino remaining. In 2014 the country lost 1215 rhino to poaching. Whilst the number of rhino poached decreased to 1028 in 2017, the species remains under critical threat.

Photo @ Peace Parks Foundation

PPF believes that saving the rhino goes beyond just doing the right thing. It extends further than safeguarding a mega-herbivore crucial to building and maintaining the natural ecosystems in which they and other wildlife exist. Protecting the rhino and other keystone species from poachers also means standing up against wildlife crime syndicates that threaten entire ecosystems, sustainable livelihoods and national security.

The Rhino Protection Programme (RPP) is a multi-faceted programme that focuses on developing and implementing practical, well-considered methods through which to combat the poaching of rhino, as well as disrupt the supply, demand and illegal trafficking of rhino horn. The RPP is implemented under the auspices of the South African Department of Environmental Affairs, Forestry and Fisheries in partnership with South African National Parks (SANParks), Ezemvelo and Peace Parks Foundation, and is made possible through funding from the United States, as well as Dutch and Swedish postcode lotteries, and other private donors.

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