Check out our Facebook Page for more regular updates on what the team is up to
The project received another visit from Roxane to check up on our progress at the six month mark. Both rangers and horses are doing well in their training and a good infrastructure and working protocols are now in place. Regular firearms training and desensitisation of the horses accompanies regular reserve patrols and the role of the horses within the unit is becoming clear. The relationship and bond between horses and rangers is a fantastic thing to watch developing. In only a few months since the start of the pilot a lot of goals have been reached and we look forward to what we can achieve further over the next 6 months.
After some filming carried out in December with Dagmar Midcap of NBC San Diego, her special on rhino poaching aired after the Super Bowl. See the link below for the section on our project, the whole program is also available via the website.
February also saw the promotion of our pilot project rangers to Equine Scouts meaning they have more time to dedicate to the horses and also receive a higher salary for their expertise and hard work.
The project received a visit from GCF Founder and Director Mike Veale. Mike brought with him funds raised from events carried out in the US which enabled the project to purchase the first donor funded horses- two grey mares named Lilly and Mufasa. The two mares will now join our resident pair of horses and begin their training to eventually become fully fledged members of the unit.
The project received a visit from Roxane Losey, one of the Directors of a US based NGO called Global Conservation Force. After seeing the plans in place for the project Roxane and GCF agreed to finance and support the first 12 month pilot project. This is a huge turning point for the project, meaning after almost 3 years of planning we are finally able to deploy our first horses full time onto a private game reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Great thanks go to Global Conservation Force for their support. You can check out their website via the link below.