Wednesday, 12 February 2014 00:00

Shamwari raises R5m for Rhino conservation

Continuing the journey to raise funds for rhino awareness and protection, the Shamwari Group announced that it has raised R5-million for the Wilderness Foundation’s ‘Forever Wild Campaign’, an initiative to help save endangered African rhinos.

Three of the Shamwari Group properties- Shamwari Game Reserve, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve and Jock Safari Lodge, have over the last two years, taken part in the Forever Wild campaign, offering guests a discounted rate if they donated a minimum of R150 per person, per night when making their booking. Shamwari Group then donated R100 for every bed night sold on this offer.

Shamwari Group General Manaaer, Joe Cloete said that they are very proud to have raised a staggering R5-million, together with guests, and that they strive to raise even more during 2014.

Thus far, the funds have provided anti-poaching and canine units, vehicles,and aerial support. As well as equipment and funds (including forensic equipment), educational material on the history of rhinos in South Africa – used for awareness initiatives, and a hot-line offering a facility for anonymous tip-offs. This is in case rhinos have been poached but are still alive and can be rescued and rehabilitated.

The initiative started in March 2012 and will continue throughout 2014.