22 Sep 2017 CAMP JABULANI’S RHINO CONSERVATION
Camp Jabulani, located within the Kapama Private Game Reserve in Hoedspruit in the greater Kruger area, has played an important role in the preservation of the rhinoceros population.
The Kapama Private Game Reserve has been in the Roode family since 1952 and has continued to evolve over the years. From humble beginnings as a degraded cattle farm, Kapama is now 100% focused on conservation and eco-tourism.
A game relocation programme introduced in 1989 has been very successful and today the reserve supports a wide variety of wildlife including elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros and large populations of giraffe, impala blue wildebeest and kudu. Predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah, spotted hyena and many smaller species can also be found on the reserve.
Camp Jabulani offers a unique rhino conservation safari during which participants assist a veterinary specialist with the tracking and chipping of a rhino. Developed to offer a unique insight into the white rhino and its behavioural patterns, the safari offers guests the rare opportunity of become involved in the preservation of this iconic species and contribute to the wider issue of rhino conservation.
This safari was developed for visitors wanting to be hands-on rather than simply observe. During the three-night, four-day programme a group of minimum two and maximum ten guests accompany a ranger to explore the reserve and track the rhino. Prior to venturing out, guests undergo a comprehensive briefing and are given specific tasks.
The group will set off in a helicopter to dart the targeted white rhino. Once the rhino is darted and sedated, the participants will join the specialist ranger team on the ground and assist with administering the necessary medication, taking measurements for scientific and medical purposes and monitoring the animal. They will also witness the insertion of a microchip in the horn and the ear-notching procedure for future identification, both tasks being vital for the preservation of the rhino.
This programme is available all year round, but the cooler winter season from May to September is considered the best time.
When the rhino-poaching epidemic hit South Africa in 2008, it had put the survival of the species at extreme risk, and made the extinction of the rhino a distinct possibility. To ensure everything possible is done to further the cause of rhinos around the world, Camp Jabulani and Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) have partnered with several organisations such as the The
Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT), Investec Rhino Lifeline and WildAid.
The Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT) is an objective body whose task is to identify viable conservation initiatives and match them with people and organisations who have the capacity and/or funds to fulfil them.
Investec Rhino Lifeline project was established in 2012 to raise awareness through education about rescue and demand reduction in South Africa and Vietnam.
WildAid’s mission is to end the illegal wildlife trade. WildAid works to reduce global consumption of wildlife products by consumers and strengthening enforcement. With an unrivalled portfolio of celebrity ambassadors and global network of media partners, WildAid leverages nearly $289 million in annual pro bono media support. Their message reaches up to 1 billion people every week.
Investec Rhino Lifeline and WildAid recently partnered with prestigious Chinese antique expert and online talk show host, Mr Ma Weidu, to spread the message “When the Buying Stops, the Killing can too.” Mr Ma is committed to tellimng people in China about the cruel truth behind rhino horn. During his visit he assisted during a DNA and tagging procedure on an adult male white rhino. These complex procedures are vital in the effort to add all rhino on the rhino database, so they may be tracked and protected from increasingly sophisticated poachers.
The Rhino Conservation and Rhino Notching programme is available to any of the guests staying at Camp Jabulani. YOU can make a difference. Every person counts. Every person makes a difference.
Camp Jabulani Family