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Today is World Rhino Day!
Today is World Rhino Day!

Ancient, iconic and rare, rhinos have been roaming the earth for 50 million years. These charismatic animals are an invaluable part of the Big 5 – an irreplaceable part of our African natural heritage that drives eco-tourism, contributing significantly to job creation...

Running Wild at Assegaai
Running Wild at Assegaai

The picturesque Assegaai Trails, a multi-faceted nature reserve situated in the heart of the Eastern Cape, between Grahamstown and Kenton-on-Sea, was the venue for Kenton-on-Sea’s annual fundraiser for rhino in 2021. The fundraiser in support of the Chipembere Rhino...

Project Rhino Storm
Project Rhino Storm

A worldwide collaboration among artists and conservationists, spearheaded by Nashville musician, Storm, has raised not only much-needed funds, but also crucial awareness of the plight of our last remaining rhinos. Saddened by the brutal poaching of rhino in South...

Mentoring Project Empowers EC Rhino Guardians
Mentoring Project Empowers EC Rhino Guardians

Rhino protection in the Eastern Cape recently received a boost as field rangers from local game reserves participated in an important mentoring project that is an ongoing collaboration between the Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA) and the Chipembere Rhino Foundation (CRF), funded in part by Mastertons Coffee & Tea Specialists.

Local Rangers Empowered By First Responder Courses
Local Rangers Empowered By First Responder Courses

Between 23 and 27 September 2021 at Amakhala Game Reserve, local rangers from Addo National Park, Great Fish River Nature Reserve and participating Indalo reserves received crucial training empowering them with the knowledge and skills to handle a trauma emergency confidently while patrolling.

Keep The Five Alive
Keep The Five Alive

September 22 is World Rhino Day, a  global conservation initiative to raise public awareness of  for the five rhino species in the world. All five are facing  the threat of extinction if not protected: Black Rhino (Africa), White Rhino (Africa), Javan (Asia), Sumatran (Asia), and Greater One-Horned (India and Nepal).

Refresher Training For Local Counter-Poaching Teams
Refresher Training For Local Counter-Poaching Teams

To enhance their capabilities, counter-poaching unit rangers from three local reserves – Shamwari, Amakhala and Lalibella – along with their senior team leaders, dog handlers and the counter-poaching dogs, took part in counter-poaching refresher training sessions between the 6 and 21 June.

K9 Sammy Retires After 6 Years on the Poaching Frontline
K9 Sammy Retires After 6 Years on the Poaching Frontline

After more than six years on the frontline of rhino conservation, K9 Sammy has retired. She is the Eastern Cape’s (EC) first Anti-Poaching Tracking and Apprehension Dog funded by an EC-based NGO and played a significant role in the local Anti-Poaching Units (APUs) and community patrols safeguarding our wildlife.

Sale Of Cornwall Painting Raises Funds For Chipembere
Sale Of Cornwall Painting Raises Funds For Chipembere

Chipembere Rhino Foundation (CRF) recently received an amazing donation of £1,300 (R25,195.30), raised by renowned artist, marine conservationist and environmental educator, Michael Carnegie. During a charity night held at the Doghouse, St Merryn, the funds were raised through a raffle of his painting “Porthcothan 17:50”; the sale of prints; as well as donations; with the help from fellow RNLI lifeguards, Patagonia Manchester and local pub employees, amongst others.

Kenton-on-Sea Community Continues to Root for Rhino Amidst Covid-19 pandemic
Kenton-on-Sea Community Continues to Root for Rhino Amidst Covid-19 pandemic

The communities around Kenton-on-Sea have been rooting for rhino by hosting annual events since 2012, inspired by Thandi, a poaching survivor who has inspired thousands of people across the globe to step up rhino conservation efforts, to raise awareness of the plight of the rhino and to raise funds in support of rhino custodians.

Giving the Gift of Conservation
Giving the Gift of Conservation

Every December since 2014, the caring team at Radue Optometrists give their boss, Dean Radue, the gift of a conservation donation to show their appreciation – a great gift for someone who is passionate about conservation. “We wanted to give Mr Radue a meaningful gift that meant something to him,” says Di Morris, Radue Optometrists. “Our boss is passionate about conservation and the preservation of wildlife, and what better gift than to donate to a cause close to his heart while also contributing to keeping our rhinos safe in the Eastern Cape.”

UK Vet Student Raises £1,200 for Chipembere Rhino Foundation
UK Vet Student Raises £1,200 for Chipembere Rhino Foundation

Meg Turner is a 23-year-old final year vet student at the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. She recently raised £1200 for rhino conservation by running a 42km marathon. A massive thank you from all of us at Chipembere Rhino Foundation to Meg for her incredible contribution! Watching the Lion King as a child ignited Meg’s passion for African wildlife. Since then, she has dedicated her life to helping animals big and small.

From Tragedy to Purpose!
From Tragedy to Purpose!

Every year on the 16 November, at the Rhino Remembrance Memorial at God’s Window on Amakhala Game Reserve, Chippy, Isipho and Geza is celebrated and remembered, along with the 7,000 other rhinos tragically lost to poachers across South Africa since 2010.

JuMu Donation Funds Rhino Tracking Collars
JuMu Donation Funds Rhino Tracking Collars

A massive thank you from all of us at Chipembere Rhino Foundation to our friends at JuMu Rhino Fund for another incredible donation of R50,784.00! Dedicated to protecting and preserving the diminishing number of rhino in South Africa, Chipembere Rhino Foundation has allocated the funds towards the purchase of 13 rhino tracking collars that were donated to two private rhino reserves in the Eastern Cape so that they may better monitor and protect their rhino.

#WorldRhinoDay #RoastedForACause
#WorldRhinoDay #RoastedForACause

On 22 September, we celebrate World Rhino Day. Driven to protect our rhino and inspired by the conservation efforts of Chipembere Rhino Foundation, Mastertons donates R5 for every 250 grams of ‘Chipembere’ coffee purchased by retailers and coffee-loving rhino supporters to Chipembere Rhino Foundation, contributing significantly to their rhino conservation efforts. Indulging in a cup of ‘Chipembere’ coffee is just one of the ways you can contribute to this worthwhile cause.

Eastern Cape APU teams trained as Combat Man Trackers
Eastern Cape APU teams trained as Combat Man Trackers

Well-trained and competent field rangers with an advanced skill set that includes the efficient tracking of humans, are an increasingly vital tool for Anti-Poaching Units (APUs) to successfully manage and counter the escalating threat of poaching of rhino and elephant for their horn and ivory. Eight highly skilled APU rangers from three private game reserves recently attended an advanced eight-day SASSETA (Safety & Security Sector Education Training Authority) accredited Combat Man Tracker Training course at Kwandwe Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, thanks to a Chipembere Rhino Foundation funded and Game Rangers Association of Africa (GRAA) coordinated collaboration.

Irish GoHop Supports Local Rhino Conservation
Irish GoHop Supports Local Rhino Conservation

Globally, the plight of our precious few remaining rhinos touch the hearts of those who care about saving our heritage for future generations. “The sad truth is that poaching really affects all of us selling safari experiences. At GoHop.ie, we took the decision to donate to conservation from every booking made to South Africa”.

Collaboration Intensifies Rhino Protection in EC with K9 Cyrus
Collaboration Intensifies Rhino Protection in EC with K9 Cyrus

Cyrus, a specially-trained four-year-old Sable Shepherd, recently joined the Anti-Poaching Unit (APU) at the local Kariega Game Reserve, following a three-year project representing a partnership between Chipembere Rhino Foundation (CRF), K9DPS (Bronyx K9 Training College), RAGES (The Rotarian Action Group for Endangered Species), Global Conservation Force (GCF) and Kariega Game Reserve.

Lucky coffee-loving rhino supporter wins all-expense paid trip
Lucky coffee-loving rhino supporter wins all-expense paid trip

Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists in collaboration with Chipembere Rhino Foundation awarded one lucky coffee-loving rhino supporter an all-expenses paid* trip to Hillsnek Safari Camp. A national campaign to drive sales of the #roastedforacause coffee blend encouraged customers to purchase a 250g bag of Mastertons Chipembere Rhino Blend, R5 from every purchased is donated to the Chipembere Rhino Foundation (CRF) to aid their rhino conservation efforts.

SAMBA Motorcycle Tours Donates R14,000 to CRF
SAMBA Motorcycle Tours Donates R14,000 to CRF

The CRF team was recently delighted to receive a R14,000 donation from SAMBA Motorcycle Tours, which will support CRF’s ongoing projects to create rhino conservation awareness and fund critical anti-poaching interventions.

Gone But Never Forgotten – Rhino Remembrance Day, 16 November
Gone But Never Forgotten – Rhino Remembrance Day, 16 November

Every year on 16 November, our Chipembere Rhino Foundation team, and the guides and guests at Amakhala Game Reserve, gather at ‘’God’s Window’’ for a moment of solemn silence around three Remembrance Crosses. These three white crosses – bearing the names of Chippy, Isipho and Geza – pay tribute to and remind us of these three magnificent Rhinos, as well as the 7,000 other Rhinos lost in South Africa since 2010, and renew our commitment to ensure the survival of this iconic species for generations to come.

Race4Rhino Raises Another R65K for Orphaned Rhinos
Race4Rhino Raises Another R65K for Orphaned Rhinos

Race4Rhino has again raised a substantial financial contribution for its beneficiaries, including our local Chipembere Rhino Foundation, which has in turn applied the funds to support the Care for Wild initiative to rescue and rehabilitate rhino calves orphaned by poachers.

Global partners deploy new K9 rhino protection unit in EC
Global partners deploy new K9 rhino protection unit in EC

Eastern Cape’s rhinos enjoy enhanced protection from the poaching crisis, with the deployment of Ziggy, a cold scent tracking dog. Ziggy’s deployment was made possible through an international partnership between Wilderness Foundation Africa (WFA) and Chipembere Rhino Foundation (CRF), as part of the Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative. The project is solely supported by Medivet and the Medivet Save the Rhino campaign.

Chipembere Salutes Rangers this World Ranger Day
Chipembere Salutes Rangers this World Ranger Day

World Ranger Day is marked annually on July 31st to acknowledge and honour the hard work, passion and dedication of our rangers who spend day and night making sure our wildlife are safe and protected. World Ranger Day is also a day to commemorate and pay tribute to rangers who have lost their lives in the line of duty fighting to protect iconic and endangered species like the rhino and elephant – animals widely targeted by poachers for the illegal wildlife trade.

The Rhino Ride donates R60,000 to CRF
The Rhino Ride donates R60,000 to CRF

CRF is delighted to have received a R60,000 donation from The Rhino Ride, a unique conservation initiative supported by Springbok Atlas Tours and Safaris, which will bolster CRF’s ongoing projects to create rhino conservation awareness and fund critical anti-poaching interventions.

Eastern Cape Senior APU teams trained for night operations
Eastern Cape Senior APU teams trained for night operations

On the frontline of local rhino counter poaching efforts are a brave core of field rangers, working in harsh and hostile environments - day and night - often facing poachers who are armed, organised and ruthless. Ten highly skilled APU rangers attended a 5 day/night...

Abilene Zoo, Texas, Donates $5,000
Abilene Zoo, Texas, Donates $5,000

From the left: Stephanie DeLaGarza; Sandra Turner; Bill Gersonde; Paige Rudasics; Roy Greer; Joy Harsh; John Black; Jessica Scherry. The Abilene Zoo is a small 16-acre (6.5 ha) zoo in Abilene, Texas that is making a big difference to conservation efforts around the...

Capturing Wildlife Moments For A Cause
Capturing Wildlife Moments For A Cause

A picture is worth a thousand words, especially when it captures an unforgettable experience like a close encounter with one of our planet’s most ancient, iconic and endangered species. And this is exactly what guests at HillsNek Safari Camp, one of the lodges on...