Project Rhino

Project Rhino was launched on World Rhino Day, 22 September 2011. It is a province-wide rhino-focussed association that brings together a provincial government conservation body, private and community-owned reserves, rhino owners, leading conservation NGOs and anti-poaching security specialists.

Please visit the Project Rhino website for further information.

Main Aims:

To secure all rhinos in KZN and beyond from the threat of poaching so that their numbers continue to increase and contribute to the national and global rhino populations, for the benefit of current and future generations:

  • Prevent duplication of projects / fundraising events;
  • Consolidate resources for maximum impact;
  • Create a common vision;
  • Create credibility with the general public;
  • Educate the public and rural communities bordering KZN game reserves;
  • Collaborate, support and promote PR members;
  • Ensure collaboration, coordination and communication;
  • Create a space for information sharing and a community of learning;
  • Create a credible platform for fundraising and partnerships;
  • Provide a centralised communications hub to media, public, government and global like-minded organisations;
  • Maintain records of activities and actively engage with each member;
  • Conduct reviews, benchmark successes and identify shortfalls in poaching interventions.

Objectives and focal areas:

  • Increased intelligence capabilities – information and informant networks;
  • Increased surveillance – using both traditional and new technologies (aerial etc);
  • Increased field ranger competency (training);
  • Increased advocacy (legal aspects);
  • Increased communication sharing (central repository for information);
  • Increased public awareness and education.

Founding Statement

“Project Rhino is an association of like-minded organisations facilitating rhino conservation interventions aimed at eliminating rhino poaching and securing the white and black rhino populations of KwaZulu-Natal.

The members of Project Rhino recognise that the work in conserving and protecting rhinos from the threat of poaching is symbolic of the broader threat faced by all wildlife, and that all wildlife will benefit from actions taken by Project Rhino. The association is also aware that the poaching of rhino is symptomatic of the overall, bigger conservation & environmental crises facing South Africa and its neighbours.”

Founding Members

  • African Conservation Trust
  • Black Rhino Range Expansion Project (WWF)
  • Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (Provincial Conservation Agency)
  • Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA)
  • Lawrence Anthony Earth Organisation
  • Magqubu Ntombela Foundation
  • Phinda Private Game Reserve (& Beyond)
  • Space for Elephants
  • Thanda Foundation
  • Thanda Private Game Reserve
  • Wildlife & Environmental Society of Southern Africa (WESSA)
  • Wildlife ACT Fund
  • Wildlands Conservation Trust
  • Wilderness Action Group
  • Wilderness Foundation
  • The Wilderness Leadership School
  • Zululand Rhino Reserve
  • KwaZulu-Natal Directorate for Priority Crimes (Hawks)

32 BENEFITTING GAME RESERVES: Private Game Reserves: 24. Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Game Reserves: 8


Project Rhino KZN, its programmes and partners have been recognised by the following Awards:

2012: Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA) Rhino Conservation Award – Top 10 Best NGOs

2012: Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA) Best NGO Practitioner: Runner-up Award – Sheelagh Antrobus (Project Rhino KZN Coordinator)

2013: Mail & Guardian Rhino Rescue Award: Best Rhino Conservation Entity in South Africa

2014: Mail & Guardian Rhino Conservation Award: Zululand Anti-Poaching Wing (ZAP-Wing)

2014: Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA) Best Conservationist Practitioner Award: Lawrence Munro (ZAP-Wing Coordinator & Ezemvelo Rhino Security Operations)

2014: GRAA Rhino Conservation Award Education & Awareness: Runner-up Award – Rhino Art Campaign & Kingsley Holgate

2016: GRAA Rhino Conservation Award: First place awarded to Sheelagh Antrobus in the Awareness, Education and Funding category