The Night of the Apes

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Patrolling in Africa, especially South Africa and the Limpopo Bushveld can be magical, but always has unexpected surprises, like one night, just around midnight when no one knew where to run. During full moon weekends, we as normal public members support private rhino owners in attending to their farms, helping with patrols, securing fence lines and monitoring their rhino.  We have in faith for the survival of the species, renamed poachers moon to a more positive “rhino moon” or in … Read More

Story from Wild NPO: Rhino vs Elephant

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This week we are kicking it off with an awesome sighting we have had in the last few weeks, involving the rhinos. This one was during our afternoon drive.  We’d checked for signal and it looks like the rhinos are all together or at least very close to each other. We get to the area to find old straight horn and her group waiting patiently.  As we let them greet the vehicle and interact with each other as well as … Read More

Rhino Moon

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I once had a very angry, but mostly very sad rhino owner phoning me.  A rhino calf has been butchered by poachers, but survived the ordeal.  The calf was being taken care of by his owners and very well experienced vets.  This rhino owner asked me, “What do you know of what we must go through, we don’t sleep at night.  These rhino’s are our biggest passion, but our biggest heartsore and headache to carry.  Have you ever been so … Read More

Shinkwe, The Rhino Cow

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Sitting around a campfire, getting ready for a midnight patrol, a young boy of about 11 years asked me:  “What does Shinkwe mean?”   To get to my answer I must first explain how I and this young boy mutually agreed about the meaning. Around January 2016 a cow on this specific project of “Renostermaan” (Rhino Moon) was shot by poachers, for the second time, and she again survived, but was severely wounded.   Her owner and ground crew hectically tried to find … Read More

Dehorning – An Owner’s Story

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As some of you know, our area has been plagued with numerous poaching undertakings these past few months.  In some cases these poachers have been successful and in others we have succeeded in interrupting their plans.  With every event we have been able to gather much needed information by working together with the community and other parties that share the same passion for conservation. This great teamwork has even led to some poachers being apprehended, even before they could reach … Read More

Renostermaan tydens Vrouemaand – Augustus 2018

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Wat ‘n ongelooglike ervaring om deel te wees van iets wat so groot impak op jou siel kan laat. ‘n Vriendin van my het my voorheen vertel van hulle ongelooflike ervaring tydens ‘n Renostermaan dat ek nie twee keer daaroor gedink het om te gaan toe sy my uitgenooi het na die Augustus Vrouemaan Renostermaan (wat ‘n mondvol, maar so lekker omskrywing). Ek, Jeanté (my dogter), Melanie (my sussie), Anneline (my vriendin) en Marné (haar dogter) het vroegoggend die pad … Read More

Renostermaan 30 March – 01 April 2018

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Bags are packed and we are on our way to our first Renostermaan in the Mpumalanga province, it started on the 30th of March, Fortunately I have met the owners of this Beautiful rehabilitation centre and had the opportunity to see this establishment beforehand Driving into the main Gate, the view of Rolling hills and mountains surround this pristine property. On arrival, we were met by an eager Pointer and a very friendly, yet demanding baby Warthog which made the … Read More

Renostermaan 24 – 26 August 2018 – In honor of Woman’s month

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It’s a long long road….but we ladies are overflowing with excitement for the unknown, a few hours later we arrived safe and sound… Upon early arrival of the first team of ladies and a short meet and greet, accommodation allocations were given and time to settle in. One of our regular “Renostermaners” sponsored a load of Lucerne for the now drought stricken area, which we were privileged and eager (of course) to off load the truck with the 210 bales … Read More

Renostermaan

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I can remember my first Renostermaan like it was only yesterday. I wasn’t part of the Rhino Connect team yet, but every story that was shared with me beforehand made me want to experience this weekend first handedly. Yet nothing I have heard could ever prepare me for this weekend spent in the South African bush, with these majestic animals. I come from a family of farmers and basically grew up on my grandfather’s cattle farm in the North West … Read More