Wilderness Foundation Africa
Until 1970 rhino populations worldwide were relatively stable with minimal poaching incidents. Subsequently with the oil price soaring and per capita income in the Yemen increasing seven-fold, elaborately carved rhino-horn dagger handles became a prized symbol of status and wealth. Within a single decade, half the world's rhino population had disappeared, and all of the rhino species were either threatened with extinction or endangered.
Every eight hours another rhino is killed in South Africa
The Wilderness Foundation - Africa supports conservation agencies and organized private game reserves in protecting their rhino as part of a functioning natural ecosystem. It also aims to focus the attention of politicians and decision-makers and encourage them to apply pressure both nationally and abroad to address the issue of illegal trade in rhino horn and other wildlife products.
TreadRight helped fund the purchase of a Bat Hawk aircraft used for rhino anti-poaching operations as well as supporting general wildlife crime countermeasures through the Wildlife Operations Group coordinated by The Wilderness Foundation - Africa.
Additionally, The TreadRight Foundation is supporting The Wilderness Foundation - Africa by assisting in funding the purchase of equipment for reservations with rhinos, intelligence and police support for specialized wildlife crime units investigating rhino poaching cases, and emergency helicopter response for hot pursuit operations and to deploy vets when rhinos are wounded.