ACT Rhino Fund
R 735,712
Raised in South African rand
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African Conservation Trust

More than 8,000 rhino have been lost to poaching in the last 10 years, motivated by 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 more than 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 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.

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ACT’s Non-Profit Details:

Not-for-Profit Trust No: IT 2174/2000/PMB
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.

 Five anti-poaching strategies are the main beneficiaries:

  1. Resources for game reserves & anti-poaching units (APU):  from basic (i.e. camping equipment), to advanced (i.e. thermal imaging), and high tech (i.e. GPS rhino horn tracking units);
  2. Aerial surveillance:  this is a proven additional tool that is of great benefit to rangers and teams on the ground, and can assist large populations of rhino across several game reserves. Our funding support includes: aircraft operations, ground-to-air radios to assist reserves communicate with aerial patrols and coordinating the involvement of all important and affected stakeholders;
  3. Skills training: funding training for rangers & APUs. With increasing sophistication of poaching syndicates, rangers and APUs need additional skills training e.g. paramilitary techniques & crime scene investigation;
  4. Community engagement:  unemployment, poverty and food insecurity often drive people to join poaching syndicates; educational and income generation projects in communities bordering game reserves improve relationships and helps identifiy those involved in poaching syndicates. A strong focus of our funding is on educating children of the importance of conserving rhino and other endangered species, using art and soccer;
  5. Strategic skills & expertise: supporting the conservation community improve its ability to work effectively against poaching syndicates

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Contact us:
Tel:  (+27) 031 766 0131

African Conservation Trust
Unit 18 Acacia Business Park
73 Nguni Way
South Africa
Telephone: 27317660131
Registration #: 030-243 NPO; IT 2174/2000/PMB
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