In August 2019, a group of boys from Eton College travelled to South Africa, for an incredible physical, mental and spiritual Wilderness adventure. Their itinerary included 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 (founder of the Wilderness Foundation) set up Operation Rhino, to protect the species, as it was on the brink of extinction with only an estimated 200 animals remaining.
After living close to rhinos in the wild, the boys took part in the anti-poaching programme in the Pilanesburg Game Reserve. They spent time with the veterinary staff and the anti-poaching unit, 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 was a unique opportunity to get close to and touch a sedated Rhino. The boys also observed and learned the realities of poaching and gained a deeper understanding of what drives this crime, and the pressures facing wildlife and the surrounding communities.
The boys beat their initial target of raising £2,000 to take part in this crucial conservation project, which directly contributes to the welfare and protection of rhino in South Africa. The project also grows leaders of the future who can be ambassadors for wilderness, wildlife and take actions towards a sustainable future.
On their return, the boys wrote an article about the trip which was published in the school magazine – Chronicle_WF2019.
To contribute to Rhino Ambassadors, please visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/etonrhinoambassadors2019