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Another 499 Rhinos lost to poachers in 2023

The Urgent Cry of the Wild: Battling for the Survival of Endangered African Wildlife

In the heart of Africa, a silent war rages on — a war against time, greed, and ignorance, as some of the planet’s most iconic creatures face the imminent threat of extinction. The recent release by The South African Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) of 2023’s official poaching statistics casts a stark light on the grim reality faced by endangered African wildlife, with the Rhino poaching crisis serving as a harrowing emblem of a broader conservation emergency. At Saving The Survivors, we are dedicated to reversing this tide, focusing our efforts on the protection, rescue and rehabilitation of these magnificent animals.

African Wildlife Conservation: A Beacon of Hope

The Plight of the Rhino: A Case Study in Urgency

The official DFFE figures for 2023 have revealed a disturbing increase in Rhino poaching, with South Africa losing 499 Rhinos to this brutal crime, over 10% more than were lost in 2022. This surge underscores the relentless threat these creatures face, primarily for their horns, highly valued on the Black Market for its supposed medicinal properties and the demand for status symbols such as jewellery made from Rhino Horn. Despite significant strides in anti-poaching efforts, killings continue to devastate Rhino populations, particularly targeting the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in KwaZulu-Natal province whose incidents were over 60% of the total national loss. South Africa’s precious Rhinos, comprising of only around 2,000 critically endangered Black Rhinos and roughly 13,000 near-threatened Southern White Rhinos, represent a vital part of the whole of the African continent’s biodiversity. Yet, their survival hangs in the balance, threatened by this resurgence in poaching activities. This grim reality underscores the vital importance of our work across Africa and the need for a concerted global effort to halt this quickening march toward extinction.

Supporting Private Rhino Custodians: A Strategic Approach

At Saving The Survivors, we recognise the pivotal role of private Rhino custodians in the fight against poaching. These stewards of wildlife, who receive no Government support and largely rely on funds from tourism and charity, act as the first line of defence for many of Africa’s endangered species. Even though the majority of the remaining Rhino population are being cared for on private property, these strongholds saw less than 20% of 2023’s fatal poaching incidents, testament to the great work and effective efforts being done on Private property. With your support and donations we are able to provide our services to Private Wildlife Caretakers, extending across our emergency and clinical work, orphan rescue and care, nutritional assistance, and anti-poaching and fundraising initiatives. By bolstering the capacities of these custodians, we aim to create strongholds of safety and rehabilitation for Rhinos and other endangered species across the continent.

How to Donate to African Wildlife Conservation

Amplify Impact: Your Contribution Matters

Every donation to Saving The Survivors fuels our mission to combat poaching, treat and rehabilitate injured animals, and secure a future where African wildlife can thrive in their natural habitats. Your support enables us to extend our reach, enhance our capabilities, and, most importantly, save more lives. Whether it’s through financial contributions, raising awareness, or advocating for policy changes, every effort counts in the quest to protect these irreplaceable treasures of our world.

Support Wildlife Rehabilitation in Africa: Join Our Cause

The Road to Recovery: Rescue and Rehabilitation Efforts

Our wildlife rescue and rehabilitation projects are at the core of our mission, offering a lifeline to animals affected by poaching, habitat loss, and human-wildlife conflict. These initiatives not only aim to heal physical wounds but also to reintroduce animals into secure environments where they can flourish, contributing to the genetic diversity and ecological balance of their ecosystems. You can read more about all our initiatives and recent news in our Bush Journals.

The Power of Collective Action: How You Can Help

Engaging in African endangered species rescue projects and supporting wildlife rehabilitation in Africa are profound ways to contribute to the preservation of our planet’s biodiversity. By joining forces with Saving The Survivors, you become part of a passionate community committed to making a tangible difference. Here’s how you can help:

  • Donate: Every contribution, no matter the size, supports our critical work on the ground.
  • Educate: Spread the word about the challenges faced by endangered African wildlife and the importance of conservation efforts.
  • Advocate: Lobby for stronger policies and regulations that protect wildlife and their habitats.

 

In the face of daunting challenges, hope remains resilient. Together, we can combat the forces threatening the existence of endangered African wildlife, ensuring a legacy of biodiversity and beauty for generations to come. Join us in this noble cause: your support has the power to change the course of conservation history.

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