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Anti-Poaching Unit Support
Rhino Mercy encourages stakeholder participation in the establishment of anti-poaching programs. In partnership with Transfrontier Africa, Rhino Mercy co-developed an effective wildlife security model that can be replicated by private game reserve managers throughout the Greater Kruger National Park. Currently the partnership has established a multi-faceted anti-poaching strategy on the Balule Nature Reserve which includes, among other initiatives, the deployment of Environmental Monitors (Black Mamba APU) and a highly trained tactical response force (both lovingly referred to as "boots on the ground"). For more information about the Black Mambas (first all female APU in the history of South Africa) please see the links below.
Below are three videos that have been produced that illustrates well the significance of what the Black Mamba APU project is providing. Please view
Rhino Mercy also supports local organizations, such as Protrack, providing highly specialized training for anti-poaching units. Additionally, Rhino Mercy encourages volunteers from abroad to receive APU training and short term volunteer placement within a private reserve to assist established APU programs. Please click the link below to find out more about Protrack Anti-Poaching Unit volunteer opportunities!
A fundamental value of Rhino Mercy is that future generations that will eventually become the stewards and consumers of natural resources must be empowered with pro-environmental choice making skills. To that end Rhino Mercy supports basic environmental education programs in the African communities adjacent to the Kruger National Park in South Africa. It is the residents of such communities that confronted with real life "human/wildlife conflict" and it is our belief that with effective environmental literacy that future generations of community leaders will be equipped with a stronger ethos of community based resource protection.
Using Technology to Prevent Poaching
Rhino Mercy works in partnership with organizations, such as Rhino Rescue Project (RRP) to promote the use of science and technology in the fight against poaching. RRP infuses the horn of a rhino with various 'goodies' that render the horn extremely undesirable to poachers and end users! Please follow the link below to Rhino Rescue Project to learn more about an amazing and effective deterrence to poaching!
Rhino Mercy advocates re-purposing low and high tech solutions from the marketplace to conservation applications. We have invested in drone demonstrations, vhf, satellite, RFID, and other technologies to find what works most effectively in the harsh bush environment to deter poaching.
Experience Africa Project
Rhino Mercy provides short term stay opportunities “in the bush” to experience the beauty and awe of the environment that supports the rhinoceros as well as the rest of the Big Five (Elephant, Rhinoceros, Lion, Leopard, and Cape Buffalo). We can recommend bush camp and lodge operators located in the Olifants West Nature Reserve, a region within the Balule Nature Reserve situated within the Greater Kruger National Park. The secured private reserve offers an ideal setting to provide the visitor a wide range of quality African bush experiences including unique issues of managing a big game reserve and life as a mega-herbivore.
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Rhino Mercy has partnered with Transfrontier Africa NPC to advance scientific knowledge and the development of new theories concerning anthropological values of ecosystems and their influence on the relationship between man and the environment. As most sub-species of the Rhino are now considered extinct or extinct in the wild, an understanding of all influences on the survival of the remaining species is paramount. We believe a multi-disciplinary understanding of the variables that influence preservation from both social and environmental sciences is critical to our success. Our partnership with Transfrontier Africa provides university students and faculty an opportunity to conduct their environmental field work at our research camp located in the Balule Nature Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park, South Africa.