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Weʼre raising £12,000 to help the rangers in Kruger National Park catch poachers and protect Rhinos

Kruger Park, Mpumalanga, South Africa

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Globally, rhinos are hunted for their horns and under severe threat from poachers.

Kruger National Park should be a safe space for these magnificent creatures. I have had the privilege of spending more than 50 000 hours showing international and local visitors to the Kruger National Park.

I have guided and interpreted life changing interactions and special moments with animals and plants that together form part of one of the world’s greatest natural spaces, spending time with the Rhino living there.

This has been a sanctuary that I have called home for most of my life and I have seen poaching's effects on the Rhino first-hand.

I believe everyone can play a part - It’s time to actively stop the slaughter!

- Neil Heron

The Problem

Kruger National Park is massive - it covers roughly the area of Belgium, with hundreds of kilometers of fence to protect and Rhino are spread throughout.

Poachers slip through the fence under the cover of darkness, kill Rhino, and other wildlife, there are on average 15 incursions per night, and not all are caught. The dedicated team of people tasked with protecting the wildlife have to try and locate them before they do any damage with only limited funds and equipment to do so.

If poachers are located they are swiftly dealt with, but locating them in time is a problem, here is where you can help!

The Solution

We need a way to detect these incursions and alert the rangers, as soon as they are alerted they can send out a team to hunt and arrest the poachers before they can do damage, we can do this through technology - Trap Cameras!

Wildlife Trail Cameras can be used to monitor points on the fence that poachers use, the cameras can send images immediately with a location and time to the nearest ranger’s phone. They can then send a team out to the specific area to catch them.

Just being in Kruger on foot without authorization is an arrestable offence, more-so at night and photographic evidence of this will allow convictions alone.

While there are numerous security tools in place to protect Kruger's wildlife. There are many hardened and loyal rangers out in the bush risking their lives to stop rhinos from dying. Kruger is a battlefield, but like all battlefields, the war becomes fraught with breach – people get tired, corruption eats away at loyalty like a cancer, equipment gets outdated and the war often gets frustrating.

Our cameras work constantly. They are in the bush patrolling in secret – no tracks, no movement, no human weakness or frailty, no threat of corruption. They simply watch for a breach, record the breach and notify the closest ranger of the breach seconds later.

How you can Help

We've already trialled 2 camera traps paid for with my own money and achieved real results, the photos have been used to help convict poachers and direct teams in to intercept poachers - they've been proven to save Rhino lives.

Now we need to scale this effort up, and this is not cheap - I can't do this alone. This time, we're aiming on donating 20 cameras to the park along with ongoing airtime and batteries to enable their continued use.

Per-Camera the costs are approximately as-follows:

Trap Camera Purchase: R10000 (£588/$765)

Maintenance Costs (per Month):

- Airtime: R200 (£12/$15)

- Batteries: R200 (£12/$15)

The more cameras we can put in the bush, the better. The more batteries and airtime we can provide for the cameras, the better.

Our successes are recorded. So, we will update this page to notify you of our successes. I will keep this page alive – just like the rhinos. We will also post additional updates, podcasts and news on our facebook forum.

Please help become part of helping us to allow these magnificent creatures to continue to walk the earth free to live life by contributing to this worthy cause.

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  • Neil Heron7 months ago
    Neil Heron

    Neil Heron

    7 months ago

    Camera update. I have just purchased an additional camera and will be purchasing 2 more cameras early in February. That's 5 cameras so far. Thank you all for your ongoing support. This battle rages on in the Kruger but every camera is a new pair of eyes in the bush. We are fighting this battle, we are starting to win this war. I'm sure 2018 will bring more and more successes. I will post from the Kruger next week.

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  • Neil Heron9 months ago
    Neil Heron

    Neil Heron

    9 months ago

    These cameras are really doing great work! Here is another image taken by our hidden cameras in the bush. We are catching poachers before they slaughter rhinos! We need more cameras. Please donate and help me purchase more cameras. Any contribution is greatly appreciated.

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  • Neil Heron9 months ago
    Neil Heron

    Neil Heron

    9 months ago

    Thanks so much for your continued support to get me to my goal of installing 20 cameras in the Kruger to stop rhino poachers in their tracks. I installed 2 additional cameras at the weekend and made a small video to show you the work I'm doing. Please continue supporting me - we are making a difference!

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Page last updated on: 2/19/2018 1:14 PM

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Feb 19, 2018

    Keep it going Neil....

    £30.00

  • Howard Kurten

    Howard Kurten

    Jan 14, 2018

    Keep up the great work Neil. I hope you have a lot of success in fighting rhino poaching in 2018.

    £150.00

  • Mike Barsky

    Mike Barsky

    Jan 14, 2018

    Our Christmas Light Show was able to raise a bit to put toward your effort!

    £150.00

  • jp vanderschueren

    jp vanderschueren

    Dec 31, 2017

    I keep on spreading the word Neil!

    £100.00

  • Fran and Tom in honor of our family and friends

    Fran and Tom in honor of our family and friends

    Dec 22, 2017

    I am so proud to know you and to have experienced The Kruger through your eyes and knowledge. I hope we can return someday and get a first hand report on the results of this innovative project.

    £150.00

  • Paul Dangerfield

    Paul Dangerfield

    Nov 29, 2017

    Thanks Neil!

    £20.00

  • marc fricker

    marc fricker

    Nov 28, 2017

    £20.00

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Neil Heron

Neil Heron

Kruger Park, Mpumalanga, South Africa

I am a field guide and naturalist in the Kruger NP. I am horrified by rhinos being slaughtered daily in the Kruger NP – South Africa. Help me fight this senseless killing and support my cause to stamp out this scourge. Visit rhinoprotection.beardedheron.com or beardedheron on FB

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