Rhino watch: Chopper helps cause

2013-03-07 00:00

KZN Rhino Watch has been operating for six months, and their helicopter, based at the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, seems to be making a difference.

The chopper is piloted by King Shaka Aviation’s Kyle Shuttleworth.

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife has expressed delight with the project.

Donations have steadily increased as well and they are now sitting on just over R1,1 million — that’s in pledges and money in the bank.

KZN Wildlife has been supplying the fuel; they’ve also built a hangar for the chopper, so their money goes towards keeping it in the air.

The latest generous donation of R48 000 comes from Water Purification Chemical and Plant (WPCP), based in Mount Edgecombe.

Managing member Martin Overy, explaining why they decided to support Rhino Watch, said: “Obviously, like everyone else, we’re concerned about the rhino. Having heard the programme content on East Coast Radio regarding the work they were doing on KZN Rhino Watch, we were interested.”

The organisation would like to thank the following for their donations: R2 700 in the name of the Gwyn Evans memorial; R1 000 from Karen Furstenburg; R500 from Frans and Eunée Dos Santos and smaller amounts from Joan Quayle, Candice Barry, Vicky Thomas, Marion Grapperon, Alison Weaver, Page Coulter, Alannah Isherwood, David Broadhurst, Steffen Zaiser and Gary Weinkle.

Two rhinos were poached at the Nambiti Private Game Reserve near Ladysmith, bringing the toll in KZN since the start of the year to 14.

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