Since 1987 we have distributed over AUD$7 million
Over the past 29 years, we have donated masses of vital anti poaching supplies, including 21 4wd trucks and spares, 16 motorbikes, 14 outboard motors, 10 rebuilt engines, 15 tons of used field kit (boots, packs, overalls, tents), 150 gps, 300 two way radios and batteries, veterinary supplies, helicopter hire, satellite communications, 60 cameras and 150 camera traps, expert field training and logistical personnel support, and masses of other stuff!
It is important to know that WE DON’T GIVE ANY MONEY, JUST ITEMS! To know more about how SARF’s support is allocated, please explore more about some of the projects we support.
Rhino poaching started in Zimbabwe in November 1985 as Zimbabwe was the next country in the poachers’ sights, having nearly cleaned out Kenya, then Tanzania and then Zambia, all to the north. Rhino numbers plummeted from 2,500 in 1985 to just 270 in 1993.
In September 1993 National Parks convened a rhino security workshop. As a result, four Intensive Protection Zones (IPZs), and three private conservancies, were created. The IPZs were Sinamatella, Matusadona, Matobo and Chipinge, whilst Save Valley, Bubiana and the Midlands were the private reserves. Both groups started with about 135 black rhinos each and much has happened since then. The four IPZs have reduced to less than 35 and the conservancies have increased to over 365.
For our first 25 years of support we concentrated on the National Parks projects – IPZs – and at least 65% of our annual expenditure went there. In 2012 we revised our strategy and decided that we had to direct our greatest efforts to the areas that had proved to be most successful in the previous 20 years.
The south and south east of Zimbabwe has 90% of the country’s black and white rhinos and our efforts will continue to be aimed in this direction, though we still support National Parks in quite a big way to assist in their overall logistical effort.
National Parks Rhino Projects
Sinamatella is in the northwest corner of Zimbabwe’s main national park, Hwange. Initial successes in this area have been followed by a continual battle against poaching, which began again in 2003. [Read More…]
|Matusadona National Park
Matusadona is located on the shores of Lake Kariba. Previously there were thought to be about 180 rhinos in the area, but during the 1993 de-horning program, only 14 animals could be found. [Read More…]
|Matobo National Park
This has always been the main breeding ground for white rhinos and some have recently had to be transferred from this area, due to over-crowding. There is also a viable breeding herd of black rhinos in the area. [Read More…]
| Chipinge Safari Area
This is the smallest of the IPZs, situated in the eastern Highlands. Rhinos have bred well in this very rough, rugged terrain. They started with seven and multiplied to 31 and are now back down to 13. [Read More…]
Main Camp has been the home to a good white rhino population since 2002, with more than 20 rhinos having been transferred there from Matobo. Now we believe this number to be ZERO! [Read More…]
|Lake Kyle and Lake Chivero
Both Kyle and Chivero are near to major cities and homes to viable white rhino herds. They continue to slowly increase in numbers and are well managed. [Read More…]
|Gonarezhou National Park
Gonarezhou National Park is Zimbabwe’s second largest national park in the south east of the country and forms an integral part of the Greater Limpopoo Transfrontier Park. [Read More…]
| Greater Lebombo Conservancy
The Sabie Game Park (SGP) is located in Maputo province, Mozambique and borders Kruger National Park (KNP) in South Africa to the west.
SGP is approximately 70,000 acres in size. [Read More…]
|Save Valley Conservancy
The Savé Valley Conservancy is one of the largest private wilderness areas in Africa, measuring 120km N-S and 32km E-W. Save Valley Conservancy boasts a large population of both black and white and is one of the last great strongholds of rhino in Zimbabwe. [Read More…]
|Midlands Black Rhino Conservancy
This area consists of sixteen adjoining farms, most of which are no longer occupied by the original owners. SAVE African Rhino Foundation became involved in their early rhino days and marvelled as the numbers increased from 30 to 60+. [Read More…]
|Bubye River Conservancy
A large wildlife area in the south of the country Bubye River Conservancy is used for hunting (not rhinos). Their rhino programme began in 2003 when rhinos were moved there from vulnerable areas and it has continued to grow as a rhino stronghold. [Read More…]
This is an example of an extremely well funded and well managed wildlife reserve, home to good numbers of white and black rhinos, whose numbers have quadrupled since 1995. We contribute in a small way to the rhinos of this Lowveld property by helping in some specialist areas. [Read More…]
Small Breeding Centres
|Imire Game Ranch
Back in 1987 seven orphan rhinos, four females and three males, were rescued in the Mana Pools area and taken to Imire Game Ranch to be hand reared, the first such project in Zimbabwe. We’ve been funding them in different ways since 1991. [Read More…]
A breeding programme was started in Victoria Falls in 2007, on private land, with two cows from Chipingali and a bull (ex Imire calf) from Matusadona. They have been very successful with three calves each and we recently offered some moderate support. [Read More..]