Wilderness Foundation Africa

Wilderness Foundation Africa

The Wilderness Foundation Africa supports conservation agencies and organized private game reserves in protecting their rhino as part of a functioning natural ecosystem.

Objective

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.

Impact

TreadRight helped fund the purchase of twp light aircrafts 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, TreadRight supports 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.