20 Jul 2017
We are extremely excited to premier a short documentary film about Wildlife ACT’s black rhino conservation work that is being done with WWF to help save this species from extinction.
Founders of Wildlife ACT Fund, Chris Kelly and Dr Simon Morgan, have helped with the pre- and post-release monitoring work, and have been responsible for most of the tracking devices that have been fitted to the rhinos being moved.
Since 2004, over 160 black rhino have been trans-located with 10 new populations created. To date there have been more than 60 calves born on project sites. Black rhino range has increased by 220 000 hectares in South Africa through the black rhino conservation project, with an increase of 49% of their range in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Black Rhino Conservation with WWF
Volunteers who join the Wildlife ACT Team work in the field and contribute to the WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion Project. The rhino monitoring work they help conduct and fund, feeds directly into project objectives: firstly, by helping with the monitoring work on some of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife’s parks where black rhinos are sourced. Here the population can be properly assessed and individual rhinos identified for relocation before being moved by WWF to new parks where they can repopulate quickly and increase the overall reproduction rate of the species.
Secondly, Wildlife ACT Team volunteers work on two parks where black rhinos have been recently reintroduced. Once these rhinos have been released, it is important to know how these animals are doing. By helping to keep track of them and their precious offspring, WWF can make effective decisions on how to best support black rhino conservation.
If you would like to support the Wildlife ACT Fund, you may either purchase one of our brand new reusable Woolworth’s Rhino Bags if you live in South Africa, or make a donation via the GivenGain donation platform.
Or if you would like to volunteer for Wildlife ACT Team and help with endangered species conservation including the black rhino, please join us and experience real conservation work in the real African bush by inquiring here: Volunteer Application Form.
We would like to thank WWF and all our partners for making such work possible.