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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

To follow our progress, join the ACT Rhino Fund on Facebook 

Contact us:
(+27) 031 766 0131
Website:  www.projectafrica.com




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    Steve Newman

    R122,373 raised

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    Zululand Rhino Reserve

    R49,222 raised

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    Michelle Bradshaw

    R44,980 raised

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    Tanya Robinson

    R30,250 raised

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    Josette Eales

    R26,320 raised

121 Fundraiser projects


  1. Perpetua Amoo

    19 May 2020

  2. Anonymous donation

    26 March 2019

  3. Roger Wicks

    26 March 2019

1,326 Donations

Fundraiser projects

121 Fundraiser projects

Rabbits for Health and Wealth for Young People in Uganda

By Wandera Edward

The project benefits 300 young farmers over one year by improving diet quality and increasing inc...

0% Completed
€0 raised
€10 Target

Skydive for Rhinos 2012

By Dominique Le Grange

New statistics reveal that in South Africa this year one rhino is being killed every 14 hours. ...

45% Completed
R2,250 raised
R5,000 Target

Skydive For Rhinos - Graham

By Graham Field

The next Skydive for Rhinos event happens on 17th / 18th November and I have deceided to put myse...

24% Completed
R1,200 raised
R5,000 Target

Skydive for Rhinos 2012

By Mary Francois

Hello errbody, Let me get straight to the point – the last rhino to die, may have already been ...

100% Completed
R10,820 raised
R8,000 Target