Eton College Rhino Ambassadors2019-02-13T16:00:51+00:00

Support Eton College Rhino Ambassadors

The boys of Eton College are aiming to raise £2000 in donations
to fund the crucial darting and ear notching conservation project.

Did you know that every 8 hours, another rhino is killed in South Africa.
And sadly, as each day passes, the number is increasing.

In August 2019, a group of boys from Eton College will travel to South Africa, for an incredible physical, mental and spiritual Wilderness adventure. Their itinerary will include a Wilderness Trail in the iMfolozi game reserve in KwaZulu-Natal. This reserve is world renowned for its rhino populations. In the 1960’s Dr Ian Player set up Operation Rhino, to protect the species from extinction.

After living close to rhinos in the wild, the boys will take part in an anti-poaching programme in the Pilanesburg Game Reserve. They will spend time with the veterinary staff who work closely with these remarkable animals. Your donations will support rhino darting and ear notching, which are critical to the conservation efforts in the reserve. This will be a unique opportunity to get close to and touch a sedated Rhino. The boys will also observe and learn from the conservation and anti-poaching teams about white and black Rhino and the peril they face due to poaching.

The boys are aiming to raise £2,000 to take part in this crucial conservation project, which directly contributes to the welfare and protection of rhino in South Africa.

To contribute to Rhino Ambassadors, please visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/etonrhinoambassadors2019

South Africa has the largest population of Rhinos in the world and
is an incredibly important country for Rhino conservation.

The Rhino poaching crisis in South Africa (as well as other wildlife crime) is of international significance. In 2017, 1028 rhinos were lost to poachers – that’s nearly 3 every single day.

“Five days’ trekking and starting to understand the bush was great preparation for the next stage of shadowing those involved in rhino protection and anti-poaching. The basic cruelty and mindless selfishness of what is happening is even more striking when you spend time close to these animals…The dedication, passion and bravery of those trying to change things is humbling and heart warming.”

Mark Fielker, Physics Teacher and Head of Outdoor Education

Rhino poaching in South Africa increased by 9000% between 2007 and 2014