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 has re-introduced 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. It is establishing a buffer zone between the Park and the communal lands, to stop wild animals being a burden to communities and destroying their crops and domestic livestock.
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 generate social and economic returns for local people, with 100% of total funds generated from the rhino going back to the communities.
Find out more about other community and conservation projects in the area here
INNOVATIVE SELF-SUSTAINING MODEL
The reintroduction of rhino is catalysing and growing socio-economic benefits exponentially in the local communities. This model of community-based conservation simultaneously generates funds for community development, sustains finance and expands conservation efforts.
Ensuring the security of rhino and wildlife through our Community Wildlife Protection Unit
I KNOW RHINO
Educating people about rhinos and wildlife and about benefits of conservation
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.