Rhino poaching statistics for 2014

The official tally of rhinos poached in 2014 is a staggering 1215.
This is such a tragedy and we are all horrified at this.
During the media briefing the Minister echoed that this was indeed worryingly high.

The number of poachers arrested during 2014 has increased to 386 and the Minister expressed her thanks to all those involved in these arrests.

Some of the anti poaching measures discussed included:

-Intensive Protection Zones for rhinos within the KNP. Some rhinos have already be relocated here.
-The disruption of criminal syndicates is being undertaken and are already yielding results.
-There has been significant funding in support of the forensic work undertaken by RhODIS
-There will be more training of magistrates to ensure better understanding of the severity of rhino poaching. There is work towards making rhino poaching a priority crime and they are working towards pre-determined sentences for rhino poaching.
- A need to co operate internationally to reduce the demand for rhino horn in consumer countries.
-Moving rhinos to alternate locations within National Parks, private reserves as well as neighboring countries. ( 56 rhinos have already been moved and it is anticipated that about 200 rhinos will be relocated from Kruger this year)
-Collaborate with Interpol, specifically the Wildlife Crime Working group.
-The Green Scorpions will ensure CITES compliance at ports of entry and exit. The aim is to reduce the illicit wildlife trade and contribute to more arrest and prosecutions to poaching related activities, as well as corruption.


Unitrans VW tracker hounds catch poachers

of the Unitrans Volkswagen tracker hound KOMBI who tracked 2 poachers 10.5 kilometers and facilitated their arrest and the retrieval of a .458 rifle in the Kruger Park today.
Congratulations to her trainer and the Rangers involved. RHINO HEROES!!

The tracker hound project is funded by Unitrans Volkswagen through the Unite against Poaching initiative in co operation with the SANParks Honorary Rangers.


Breaking news!!!

 We are delighted to present a  sneak peek of the Rhino Tears wines.

These 2 delightful drinking wines have been specially crafted by the winemakers at Mount Vernon in support of Unite against Poaching.

For each bottle sold, the winemaker will make a significant donation to the Unite against Poaching fund.

These wines are NOW available at Macro, Germiston, Woodmead and Centurions and as further outlets come on board  we will share those details as they become available.

To order wines directly from the winemaker (at R 55 a bottle) for delivery anywhere in South Africa please click here and the friendly team from the winery will contact you to arrange for payment and delivery.

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R 2 million worth of equipment donated to Kruger National Park’s Ranger Corps

 Survival equipment to the value of R2 million was handed over at a ceremony in Phalaborwa today, 31 October 2014. Major General (r) Johan Jooste, Commanding Officer, Special Projects for South African National Parks, and representatives of the Ranger Corps were on hand to receive the equipment. The donation was made possible by the Unite against Poaching Trust and the SANParks Honorary Rangers.

Louis Lemmer (Chairman, SANParks Honorary Rangers), Maj Gen Jooste ( Commander, Special Operations KNP), John Turner & Snowy Botha ( SANParks Honorary Rangers Conservation Services)

The equipment which was handed over comprises of basic as well as specialist equipment, which is needed by the men and woman of the Ranger Corps within the Kruger National Park. It includes survival tools such as tents, camp mattresses, torches, sleeping bags, knives, groundsheets, ponchos, water bottles, cooking equipment, headlamps, mosquito nets, medical equipment and GPS’s. Rangers spend extended periods of time in the bush in clandestine operations to fight the poachers. Specialised as well as basic survival equipment is needed to enable them to perform these duties effectively.

 Unitrans Volkswagen, in establishing the innovative “Unite against Poaching Trust” is committed to making a significant and sustainable difference in the war against rhino poaching within our national Parks. The Funding for the Unite against Poaching Trust is generated primarily from a Unitrans Volkswagen corporate pledge. For every vehicle sold both new and pre-owned in the 10 participating dealership countrywide, funds are pledged to the Unite against Poaching Trust. Since its inception three years ago, the Unite against Poaching Trust has donated more than R 8 million towards anti-poaching projects within our National Parks. What makes this initiative so unique is that 100% of the funds pledged are utilised for anti-poaching support.

Kevin Gillmer Divisional Chief Executive of Unitrans Volkswagen is determined to ensure that the funds which are pledged to the Unite against Poaching Trust are used effectively and efficiently in support of those men and woman who are on the ground, putting their lives on the line and fighting to ensure the rhinos are safeguarded for future generations. The SANParks Honorary Rangers is the official volunteer organisation of SANParks. Through their close working relationship with the SANParks counter poaching unit they know where the priority needs are. Because the Honorary Rangers are unpaid volunteers no funds are used for administration and every sent donated towards counter poaching is utilised solely for this purpose. They therefore have the unique ability to best utilise the resources available to make a real difference in the poaching war on the ground. “This equipment handover once again confirms our ongoing commitment to the war against rhino poaching in general and rhino poaching in particular” Gillmer said. “We need to make sure that our rangers are as well as, if not better equipped, than the poachers they come up against on a daily basis.

“It is our privilege to represent the people of South Africa in support of our national parks.” said Louis Lemmer, National Chairperson of the SANParks Honorary Rangers. “South Africans are united against rhino poaching. It is through the support of the people of South Africa and proudly South African companies such as Unitrans Volkswagen, that we will win this war.”

Unitrans Volkswagen is justifiably proud of their contribution, in partnership with the SANParks Honorary Rangers, ensuring that the Rangers in the field are able to continue to safeguard the rhinos for future generations. We would like to encourage members of the public and corporates to join us in this fight against rhino poaching within our national parks by ensuring that the next Volkswagen vehicle they purchase is made from one our participating dealerships. The more vehicles which are purchased the more funding we are able to pledge to the fight against rhino poaching. Please visit www.uniteagainstpoaching.co.za to see how you can make a difference. The time is now, for everyone to Unite against Poaching to help ensure this precious heritage for our children’s children. 

Participating Dealerships

You can support Unite against Poaching at any one of the participating Unitrans Volkswagen dealerships


Report incidents of poaching & tip-offs
  to 0800 205 005,
08600 10111
or Crime-Line on 32211
1188 rhinos slaughtered  in 2014
1004 Rhino lost forever in 2013
Funds pledged by Unitrans Volkswagen
so far since September 2011...
R 7,341,550.00


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