Rhino poaching is one of the most critical conservation issues facing South Africa; we have lost over 5,000 rhino to illegal poaching since 2008, and currently lose a rhino approximately every 8 hours. Trends indicate that the deaths will only continue to escalate due the greed of globally-controlled criminal poaching syndicates, many of whom have links to international terrorist groups. The threats to brave South African rangers and anti-poaching units grow daily: they need support – now.
In May 2011 as the rhino poaching crisis escalated, ACT established the ACT Rhino Fund, a funding and programme implementation initiative dedicated to assisting the conservation sector’s efforts to protect South Africa’s White and Black rhino populations. 100% of funds donated through the ACT Rhino Fund go to bona-fide rhino conservation and anti-poaching efforts of reputable NGOs, game reserves and state conservation agencies.
To date, the ACT Rhino Fund has generated support of R10 million in cash and kind from South African citizens, businesses, charitable foundations, schools, shopping centres, the tourism and adventure sports sectors. R3.4million of this came from Skydive for Rhinos – ACT’s rhino fundraising and awareness campaign in 2011 and 2012.
In 2013 Skydive for Rhinos morphed into a broader campaign called ACT for Rhinos, which continues to raise funds for anti-poaching initiatives in KwaZulu-Natal. The ACT Rhino Fund has been instrumental in the implementation of innovative anti-poaching initiatives and the development of strategic partnerships. These include:
- The founding of the Project Rhino KZN association in September 2011, for which ACT provides the co-ordination & secretariat duties (including administration & financial management)
- The establishment of the Zululand Anti-Poaching Wing, a public-private partnership with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife that provides aerial surveillance to 26 game reserves in northern KZN
- Supporting the roll out of Rhino Art – Let the Children’s Voices be Heard project lead by celebrity explorer Kingsley Holgate
The work of the ACT Rhino Fund was recognised by the 2012 Rhino Conservation Awards, as one of the 10 Best NGO efforts against rhino poaching in South Africa.
DONATE TO THE ACT RHINO FUND
Donate from anywhere in the world using your VISA, Mastercard or Maestro Debit card via GivenGain – a secure online donation portal.
Make a direct deposit:
Branch: Musgrave Centre, South Africa
Branch code: 1301 26
Account Name: ACT Rhino Fund
Account No: 1008662976
Reference: Please use 'ACTRF + Your Name' on your deposit slip. Email a copy of your receipt to Georgie at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can keep accurate records – do this from your own email address so we can get in touch.
ACT’s Non-Profit Details:
Not-for-Profit Trust No: IT 2174/00
South African Registered Non-Profit Organisation No: NPO 030-243
SARS Public Benefit Organisation No: 930014758 (tax exempt, Section 18A)
The African Conservation Trust's tax exemption status means we can provide Donations Certificates upon request.
CARNIVAL is a body of 12 limited edition artworks by Charl Grabe. 50% of the proceeds will be donated towards the ACT Rhino Fund.
View and purchase here.
SKYDIVE FOR RHINOS
In response to what can only be described as an onslaught to South Africa’s black and white rhino populations from organised poaching syndicates, ACT ran its successful Skydive for Rhino’s campaign in KwaZulu-Natal in 2011. Building on the success of the campaign, ACT rolled out a nation-wide campaign in 2012 to raise funds for four major national rhino anti-poaching strategies.
The campaign was a huge success and resulted in 400+ jumpers skydiving from 4 sites around the country raising R6.6 million in cash and kind. The funds raised have been used for aerial surveillance, advanced training for game reserve staff, the provision of equipment for rhino anti-poaching units (APUs) and community intervention programmes.
See the power of extraordinary South Africans who took part in Skydive for Rhinos 2012 in the video below: