In 2015 one less rhino was poached in South Africa than in 2014. In 2016 on a month-to-month basis 232 rhinos have been poached as compared with 302 at the same period in 2015. This is despite the poaching activities increasing drastically. In 2015 over the same period 808 incursions took place in Kruger National Park while the current year’s statistics stands at a staggering 1038 incursions.
The success rate is attributed to the unrelenting hard work by field rangers, the direct contributions by the SANPARKS Honorary Rangers and donations of critical equipment by organisations such as The Success Academy Rhino Trust who sponsored and paid for a John Deere “gator” all-terrain vehicle. The Vehicle is valued at R 193 800 – 00.
The vehicle makes it possible to reach crime scenes much quicker where previously the members had to go on foot. The speed at which crime scenes can be investigated has a direct impact on the amount of evidence collected before the scene is contaminated by animals or the weather. The vehicle has been in service for three months and has been utilised in well over 150 scenes.
The Success Academy is proud to have an active part in making a difference in the fight against poaching through The Success Academy Rhino Trust, a non-profit organization, who for the past three years has raised funds by hosting an annual gala dinner event. Together with our donors, artists and performers who gave their support, we were able to raise a total of R1,633,500.00 on the three evenings.
On 29 June 2016 the official hand over of the “gator” vehicle was made to Major General Jooste, National Head of special operation SANParks and Commanding officer joint forces (Anti Poaching). The handover took place at The Success Academy’s Senior Executive Networking Breakfast where Major General Jooste shared his insights into the current state of affairs of National Anti Poaching efforts.