Congratulations to Eton College Rhino Ambassadors!

The boys of Eton College raised £2,300 to help fund crucial darting and ear notching of rhino in South Africa.

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 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

“Working with the counter poaching unit really helped me get more of a focus on what I want to do in the world of conservation. It was more than what I expected, the number of animals we saw, rhinos especially was mind blowing. And touching the rhinos during the ear notching felt dream like”

2019 trailist, Eton College

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