When we first founded Nikela back in 2010 rhino poaching was just starting up again. Over the next few years the stats got really crazy as black and white rhino were targeted for their horn. Sadly, most rhinos die when their horn is brutally hacked off by poachers.
Some argue that because rhino poaching has declined the threat is over. However, others attribute the decline to fewer rhino left to poach… making it all the more crucial to save those remaining.
Most recently Nikela has assisted Peter Milton and his super team stop rhino poaching in Southern Africa. Thanks to our supporters an iPad for an Air Scout (surveillance drone) and a set of two-way radios were recently funded.
Deterring and apprehending poachers with strategically designed drones is what Peter and his team do best. Drones are designed for a variety of functions. Some are stealth and can operate in the dark. Others only have a short range and can be used to scare off potential poachers.
Peter told us that in one African country the local people quickly spread the word that a strange ‘spirit’ had appeared in the night sky. However, mostly it’s a ton of good intel and strategy that foil a poaching attempt.
For some it may seem rather glamorous to be a wildlife ranger on the front-lines fighting poachers. However, it is risky and exhausting work. There was a time in days gone by, when a wildlife ranger went out to monitor, observe and watch over the wild animals and their habitat. However, today a wildlife ranger is more in the security or soldier business. It’s a war out there!
A wildlife ranger must know how to handle a military type weapon, track humans, be absolutely stealth, have nerves of steel, and be ever alert for danger. In the past a wildlife ranger’s greatest threat was most likely a rogue elephant or an irate buffalo. Today, it’s a poacher armed with a high powered rifle. Today’s poacher is not a man with a spear but one who is well equipped to get the killing and harvesting job done with the utmost speed. Supposedly a horn that is on a live rhino today can be on the market in Asia within 48 hours!
Yes, Peter and his team have a dangerous job. Much of how they do their work cannot be disclosed. What we do know is that it takes equipment of all sorts to stop the rhino poaching. Some of it is extremely costly. Nikela helps with the smaller items, like the iPad and two-way radios.
What Peter says is always needed too, is paying for fuel expenses. It takes on average $470 a month or $15.65 a day to keep the bush vehicles fueled up to stop the rhino poaching. Now we can help with that right?
It’s super easy…
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