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ABOUT

RHINO CONSERVATION

In 1985, Hwange National Park had 100 white rhino; by the 1990s, poaching was rampant. In 2007, the last white rhino was seen and killed by foreign poachers near Ngamo in the southern part of the Park. The Community Rhino Conservation Initiative aims to re-introduce rhino to this part of Zimbabwe in a highly secure and sustainable way to eventually accommodate a viable population of free roaming black and white rhino.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Communities that do not benefit from conservation often harbour negative attitudes towards wildlife. The Community Rhino Conservation Initiative places local communities at the heart of conservation efforts and engages them as rhino custodians for them to reap directly from the Initiative's benefits. These communities have allocated and entrusted some of their communal grazing land specifically for rhino conservation. Rhino viewing fees from tourists visiting our partner Imvelo Safari Lodges will generate social and economic returns to go back into these communities, with 70% of total funds generated from the rhino going back to the communities.

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INNOVATIVE SELF-SUSTAINING MODEL

The reintroduction of rhino will catalyse and grow socio-economic benefits exponentially in the local communities. This model of community-based conservation will simultaneously generate funds for community development and sustain, finance and expand conservation efforts.

 

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THE COBRAS
Ensuring the security of rhino and wildlife through our Community Wildlife Protection Unit

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I KNOW RHINO
Educating people about rhinos and wildlife and about benefits of conservation

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OUR PROGRESS
Sharing updates, successes, challenges, ambitions and stories, follow us from seed to fruition

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VISIT IMVELO

Imvelo Safari Lodges invites you to view our rhino and support this initiative 

Stay at Imvelo Safari Lodges' Bomani Tented Lodge or Camelthorn Lodge, south of Zimbabwe's famous Hwange National Park, for a world class rhino experience.

PARTNERS
A collaborative initiative engaging several different stakeholders

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