Friends launch funds drive to beef up anti-poaching unit in KZN

2010-09-28 00:00

CONCERNED about the increase in rhino poaching across South Africa and desperate to do something about it, a group of friends have decided to get together to assist the anti-poaching unit (APU) of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.

The unit needs R196 000 to buy much-needed equipment and resources to battle the poachers. Items needed include torches and batteries, a folding solar panel, radio headsets, binoculars, air-soft rifles, and a cyber tracking system. Money is also needed to upgrade accommodation for the senior field ranger at Imfolozi and to build a new field ranger camp in one of the reserve’s hot-spot areas.

Charles, Elizabeth and Holly Forsdick of Durban have joined forces with artist Roz Cryer and her husband Paul, who has worked in Imfolozi since 1991 and is initiating a project to expand and create links between conservation areas in Zululand. An integral aspect of this work is rhino conservation.

The two families and the owner of artSPACE Durban, Karen Bradtke, and her husband Claus will be staging a fundraiser for the APU at the gallery at 3 Millar Road in Durban at 6 pm on October 2.

Cryer has created a series of ceramic rhino horns for the event. They were moulded from the horn of a male white rhino, which died naturally in the Imfolozi Game Reserve, and from the recovered anterior horn of a male white rhino that was poached.

All the proceeds will be donated to the Wildlands Conservation Trust, which works closely with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife to conserve the KwaZulu-Natal rhino population. Wildlands will hold the funds and buy the equipment needed by the APU.

• For more information about the fundraiser, phone 031 312 0793.



If you are unable to get to Saturday’s fundraiser, you can donate money using the details below:

Name: Wildlands Conservation Trust (Current)

Bank: First National Bank

Branch: Midlands Mall

Code: 257355

Account number: 62193487735

Reference: [Name of donor] – HIP Rhino Project

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