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Rhino Horn is not medicine nor a status symbol for the wealthy.

The removal of rhino horn powder from traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in the 1990's had largely reduced demand. During this period, horns sold for very little on the illegal black market, and on average, only around 15 rhinos were poached in South Africa each year from 1990 to 2007.  
 
Since 2008, the purchase of Rhino horn as a status symbol by the wealthy in Vietnam & China, has increased exponentially.  In addition, the renewed, but misguided belief that the horn does indeed have medicinal value, has escalated demand even further, causing a record number of animals poached in 2014.
 
 
Stockpile of seized rhino horn.
 
Rhino horn is not a miracle cure for  cancer or an aphrodisiac for the impotent, so why talk about the legal future trade?  It is unethical and immoral.
   
The pro-trade fraternity have used the ancient Asian myth and the flawed argument that Rhino horn use would be sustainable as a reason to lift the ban on trade. This cannot be further from the truth! False information like this should not be used to push for or justify trade that is economically non-viable. It is also morally and ethically wrong to sell something to a community, based on an ancient myth.
 

A collection of photography and picture quotes created by Wild Heart that highlight African wildlife and our willingness to save its beauty. "We must be the voice of the voiceless"..

 

      

Poachers have killed over 100,000 Elephants in three years.

The insatiable demand for ivory is causing a dramatic decline in the number of African elephants. Poachers are hunting the animals faster than they can reproduce.

In the early 1970s, demand for ivory rocketed with 80% of traded raw ivory coming from poached elephants. A ban was put in place in 1989 by CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) and all international trade was prohibited in an attempt to combat this massive illegal trade.


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WHWF is a registered NPO Reg:147-339 and PBO Reg: 930051372 Dedicated to helping Wildlife in Need

Meet Rafiki and Hatari, two of the male Lions that needs our help!

Having been approached by the relevant Governing Authorities, we have agreed to manage and fund a life-saving Project that will ensure that a number of lions are given a future at a new forever home.

 #Life4Lions What?

The #Life4Lions Project entails certain Veterinary Procedures (like Vasectomies - Phase 1), Veterinary care, Micro-Chipping, DNA sampling and recording, Vaccinations and Health Checks, Relocation and Transport of, in total, 21 captive lions, to safe, ethical, forever home sanctuaries. One of the family units will remain at the current sanctuary after all procedures have been completed.

 #Life4Lions Where?

The location of these animals is being withheld upon request of our collaboration partners, EMI (Environmental Management Inspectorate – aka Green Scorpions).

 #Life4Lions Why?

Currently the lions are in a safe, ethical, non-breeding facility, but their numbers are exceeding the recommended saturation levels as instructed by Nature Conservation. Consequently, we have received instruction from the Authorities to find the excess lions suitable forever homes, rather than risking the lions being euthanized.

#Life4Lions How?

Phase one of #Life4Lions is performing Vasectomies on two of the young breeding-age males. This is to ensure that they cannot father any cubs, and protect them from the exploitation by the canned hunting and lion breeding industries.
The further phases are geared towards ensuring the health of all the lions and making sure they have as happy a life as possible in suitable permanent, ethical sanctuaries.

#Life4Lions When?

As soon as we have raised enough funding to cover the cost of the surgeries (vasectomies x 2), Phase 1 is a go!

#Life4Lions Who?

Two male lions who are our main priority right now, during Phase 1 - #Rafiki (Friend in Swahili) and #Hatari (Danger in Swahili). These two young lions will each undergo a vasectomy. This is preferred over castration that may result in the loss of their manes.

#Life4Lions How can You Help?

Veterinary Procedures on ToPS species (Threatened or Protected Species) are extremely expensive, but we are confident that with your help, we can get this done, if you support Phase 1 of our very special Lion Project.

Please #Donate towards the cost of the surgeries to be performed on these two lions. This is your chance to help give them a good life. Every cent counts!

There are just too many lions in captivity in South Africa, and the devastating reality is that far too many of them will end up being sold to canned hunting facilities, and be disposed of in the lion bone trade.

Lions like these two boys, Rafiki and Hatari, can never be free: captive born and raised, they have never learnt to hunt, and never will. The best they can have will be a long healthy life in a forever home where they can be appreciated from afar - through the lens of a camera.

Our vet is ready, our permits are being processed - all we need now is your support to make this a reality, and give these two young lions the chance to live safely, without any possible hint of future exploitation.

We cannot save them all - but we can help these two. Will you help us make this possible?

You can help Rafiki and Hatari by supporting Phase 1 of our very special Lion Project

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Help a Ranger, Help a Wildlife Hero Today

We are supporting our brave Rangers by providing them with supplies needed on the front line, where they continue to fight the war against Poaching.

We are making up care packages consisting of a variety of non-perishable foods, a Blanket, Beanie hat, Field gloves, Extra thick socks, a small Torch and lighter, sunblock, Mosquito repellent, pain tablets, re-hydration medication and a WHWF cap with clip-on LED lights to keep their hands free while providing illumination. (Value: approx $70- $100 per package)

These care packages will be packed into 10x50 litre Camouflaged Military backpacks that we have already secured for the Rangers.

We are committed to helping our wildlife in every way possible, therefore helping the Rangers who put their lives on the line to protect them is critically important.

Help us honour these Heros by making a contribution towards their supplies. No amount is too small.

 please reference your donation with #HelpaHero.

We also need boots, rain gear, jackets and water bottles for the Anti-Poaching Rangers. 
Help us support these Rangers who protect our Wildlife.

South Africans may find it more convenient to EFT a donation at: 
First National Bank / Check Account
Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation
Account number - 62518554101
Branch Code - 250-655

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Pictured below is the recent delivery Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation made to the Rhino Orphans.

The bigger rhinos get a mixture of lucerne/teff and Game Cubes of a high quality.The vet recommendation is to serve up 6 x 50kg bags of Game Pellets per day. One bag is R250 or USD20, and this means a daily serving is approximately USD120. Those cute round butts don't come cheap! 
 
 Pictured below is WHWF delivering Milk replacement, medication and other needed supplies

Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation regularly and consistently supplies the rhino orphanage with everything they need to look after the precious victims of poaching in their care. Over the past four years, we have supplied more than ZAR1.2million’s worth of special milk, food, medication, capital and infrastructure items to help the dedicated human carers to continue saving baby rhino lives.

#WHWF always makes sure that your loving donations are maximized and directly reach the Wildlife most in need. We work off wish-lists that detail the items required to run these special rehabilitation projects. This ensures that the help we provide is targeted, direct, and needed – and makes a real difference to the wildlife, thus maximizing the probability of survival of these precious #WildBabies.

Help save a #RhinoOprhan’s life today ! Help us Help them. <3

Below is little Nandi. just one of the orphans we help so that eventually she can be released back into a safe haven in the Wild.

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Rescue of a Critically Endangered White Backed Vulture. South Africa may be on #LockDown, but our Wildlife still need help!

Armed with our permits as Essential Service Providers, a custom-modified cage, and loads of hand-sanitizer, we set off on the 900km round-trip journey to rescue an injured #WhiteBackedVulture.

Found in a farmer's field, this weak, dehydrated vulture is estimated to have been in distress for about ten days. We carefully caught and loaded it into the travel cage. It had enough life left to lunge at us at one stage - this was a good sign.

Four hours after leaving the farm, we arrived with our precious cargo, and handed it over into the expert hands of VulPro Vulture Rehabilitation Center. 'Kwaaitjie' (Angry One), as the farmer named it, is expected to make a full recovery and be released into the wild.

We need to carry on performing essential services such as Wildlife Rescue and Transport during this challenging time. Please consider donating towards our fuel costs so that we can continue helping those that have no voice.

You can contribute here: paypal.me/wildheartwildlife or payfast.co.za/donate/wildheartwildlifefoundation

  • South Africans can EFT at:   
  • First National Bank / Cheque Account:
  • Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation
  • Account number - 62518554101
  • Branch Code - 250-655   Ref: fuel

We rely completely on the kind support from the public.

#WHWF #EthicalConservation #Covid19

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"Mission Wildlife Matters" Zimbabwe Elephant Nursery Supply Drop:

Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation successfully delivered lots of items needed to help the precious wild babies and their caregivers!
Thank you to all the generous donors who made this project a success - we could not have done it without the public's generosity. 
The Ellie Babies got lots of special milk, Medical supplies, Blankets and more. The dedicated handlers received new uniforms, Rain gear, Boots, warm Jackets, Scarves & Gloves among lots of  other needed supplies. 

The wild babies and all the wonderful people who care for them deserve as much help as we can give.

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A Year in Review - looking back on 2019:

At Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation, we pride ourselves on doing what we say and showing what we do. This video is an account of some of the work we did during 2019.

Rescues and Releases, Emergency Transport, Fitment of Tracking devices, Treatment of Wildlife, Supply of Capital Items, Food and Veterinary Consumables, Anti-poaching Funding and Support, Poaching Response, Public Education and so much more - we did it all.

Out of all that we have done, the best feeling in the world is to give the gift of Freedom to a wild animal.

We are only two individuals, doing all we can, (with limited resources) to make a difference in the lives of those who have no voice; "our precious wildlife", and will continue to do so no matter what challenges present themselves. #WildlifeFirst .

We would like to thank all our supporters and donors for making our work possible. In 2019 alone, your loving support positively impacted the lives of hundreds of animals.
Thank you.

As always, we are #DoingWhatWeSay and #ShowingWhatWeDo.

We are committed to #EthicalConservation and #Transparency, and intend to make 2020 a bumper year to benefit the Wildlife most in need.

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Christmas at The Rhino Orphanage. 'Wild Heart Santa' Visits the Rhino Babies .

With the Holiday Season in full swing, there was no better feeling in the world than being able to do something special for someone else!

And that's exactly what we did for The Rhino Orphanage, on Christmas eve. The biggest, most needed item, is of course the industrial Tumble Dryer that is being put to work immediately, drying the blankets, towels and sheets needed in the care of all the patients. And at the moment, it is crucially important in the care of Kolisi, the Rhino baby who has been attacked by hyenas, and needs constant high care. Keeping his blankets clean and dry with all the rain is a full-time job made so much easier with the addition of the dryer.

With the kind support of our loving donors, we also delivered a whole bunch of extra happiness, in the form of so many essential items. Thousands of latex gloves in all different sizes, gauze, hundreds of single plasters (band-aid) and hundreds of rolls of plaster. The sacred one-ply toilet paper, hundreds of scalpel blades, Arnica for sore muscles, washing powder for #RhinoOrphan blankets, and many more essential items.

Two of the anti-poaching personnel got brand-new heavy duty rainsuits and they were over-joyed!

We took some treats for the carers too, so that they also know how we appreciate their loving care, and being away from their families over Christmas.

None of this is possible without the loving support from you, our earth angel donors. Than you!

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We Sent The Troop Home: Vervet Monkey Relocation

Over the past few years these monkeys have been lovingly cared for by Bambelela, where they formed a new troop with an intricate family structure. We met the Cheeky/Jemima troop on our first supply drop to the primate rehab, and we made them a silent promise to help where we can. We jumped at the opportunity to provide these #WildBabies with the chance to live wild and free like they were meant to.

With the loving support from our followers, we were able to supply building materials for the soft-release enclosure, as well as medications, vaccinations and food for the animals and their human carers; and help to transport these monkeys more than 450km to their new home.

There are many people involved in an operation like this, and the capture, treatments and loading were done in a record time of five hours. Fresh, juicy fruit is put on top of the transport cages, so that they can snack on it for hydration during the long, tiring journey. The cages are then covered by netting to protect them during transport, and everything is properly secured.

A six hour drive, also over a very dangerous mountain pass, in pouring rain, mist and freezing cold, eventually saw us arriving at the release site at 11pm at night. By the headlights of the trucks, the monkeys were off-loaded in their crates. Excitedly, they waited, while they were let into the soft-release enclosure according to a strict hierarchy. Cheeky, the matriarch, was first, followed by mommies with babies, and the teenagers.

FREEDOM DAY!

Freedom Day came late to these little guys, with 6 monkeys needing extra treatment. They responded well and were returned to the troop.
Here they are dashing for freedom. 


Thank you to everyone who contributed to this project.
Well done to Bambelela, Silke, Belinda and all the others who made it possible for these little guys to live free.
#WHWF
#EthicalConservation

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 Wonderful to see these precious Rhino poaching survivors as they play in their safe environment while in the rehabilitation process at the orphanage.

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Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation has to date supplied a significant portion of supplies to Rhino Orphanages in South Africa, including thousands of kg's of replacement milk powder, specialized food and health supplies and critical care medical items as well as other desperately needed equipment such as shovels, spades, rakes and cleaning materials, Shade netting, Field fencing for the Wild Dogs, Anti-Poaching Ranger gear and camera traps to help protect the Lions in the Sanctuary - all required to keep the orphanages and sanctuary operational. 

  
 

Doing What We Say, and Showing What We Do!

What We Do!

 
Milk Replacement and Pro-biotic Supplement needed for Baby Rhinos.
The Rhino Orphanage has several Milk-dependent orphans that need a constant supply of milk replacement formula and pro-biotic supplement. Your help to purchase these life-saving items would be much appreciated.
One x 25kg of Milk replacement is approx $65. and the Protexin pro-biotic is approx $35 per tub.
                Protexin is a palatable multi-strain probiotic powder which, when administered routinely, helps to ensure a beneficial balance of digestive tract micro-organisms. It is a completely natural biological product which helps to boost immunity, which in turn enables the Rhinos to resist the effects of stress and infections.    Please help us purchase as many tubs of this life saving Protexin as possible.      
South Africans may find it more convenient to EFT a donation at: 
First National Bank / Check Account
Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation
Account number - 62518554101
Branch Code - 250-655
 
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Urgently needed: Good Quality, Humane, Capture and Release Cages.
Because of our commitment to Ethical Conservation, and making the best possible decisions for the Wildlife Most at Risk, we are increasingly being called upon to Rescue and Relocate/Release Wildlife that are deemed to be 'problem animals'.

We will do whatever it takes, and whatever is in our power, to help these animals to Freedom and Safety.

But we need your help: We are in urgent need of 5x medium capture cages, and one large one - this is to safely remove a colony of Dassies (Hyrax) that have invaded a home. The bigger cage will be used for regular Porcupine problems as well as other medium sized critters in trouble, such as, Servals, Genets, Vervet monkeys and Jackals, to name a few. We need a number of cages as the Dassie colony is quite large, and also to minimize trauma when relocating these animals.

The cost of these cages range from ZAR1250 (USD100) each for the medium ones, to around ZAR5000 (USD400) for the large one. Every donation will help to secure the future for wildlife in need.

Also, if anyone has a capture cage that we can have, please let us know.

As always, we are shopping around for the best possible deal/donation, and will keep you informed of progress. We will also show you what we have done with your loving Donations, in line with our commitment to Transparency.

South Africans may find it more convenient to EFT a donation at: 
First National Bank / Check Account
Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation
Account number - 62518554101
Branch Code - 250-655

Supplies needed for the Rhino Orphans and Caregivers
 
Running a Rhino Orphanage is a lot like running a farm, but with the added stress that all of your charges are highly traumatized and in various stages of veterinary treatment and rehabilitation.

As always, we are committed to #EthicalConservation and #Transparency, and will show you exactly where your loving contributions are being used to benefit the Wildlife.

The items required to help a massive operation like the rhino orphanage run smoothly, include feed for the bigger rhino that are being weaned; milk powder for the smaller babies. (This is a special formula, as rhinos have very sensitive intestinal tracts, and do not adjust well to dietary fluctuations).

A host of laboratory items are needed to collect and preserve samples of bacteria, excrement and eye serum – all needed to ensure adequate monitoring and treatment. This includes scalpels, sample kits, vacutainers, formalin etc. Rhino Orphan wound treatment kits required consist of hand-operated pressure sprays to flush out wounds from bullets or panga slashes, anti-bacterial hand sanitizers and methylated spirits.

As the #RhinoOrphans initially bond closely with their surrogate mothers (the human carers), they sleep next to them on mattresses – strong canvass material is needed to protect these mattresses from non-potty trained rhino babies – as well as Velcro strips and strong yarn to make these. A host of other consumable items are needed, such as cleaning materials, hardware, tools and record-keeping items such as A4 paper and an external hard drive.

The Anti-poaching guys protecting these precious rhinos and their carers, are in desperate need of a small guard hut to protect them from the elements during gate duty. These guys are dedicated and passionate, and endure many hardships to protect our heritage – let’s see if we can help make their lives a little easier!

South Africans may find it easier to do an EFT at:

First National Bank / Check Account
Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation
Account number - 62518554101
Branch Code - 250-655

WISHLIST – The Rhino Orphanage

General Requirements:

• Driehoek feeds game cubes 50kg bags

• Clover skim milk 25kg bags

• Syringes 

• Basic Wound Care Kits (wound spray, Suture kits & Forceps)

• Protexin food supplement (Probiotic)

• Bandages/Wound dressing

• Mattresses for Rhinos and caregivers

• I.V. Fluids (Ringers) 1L & 3L 

• Denkavit milk replacement 

• Scalpel blades Size 222

• Guard Hut for protection against the elements

• Raw honey for nutrition and wound treatment

• Bioscrub Antiseptic Skin Cleaner

• Formalin for preserving samples

• Veterinary Tear gel to protect the rhino babies eyes

• Bravecto flea & tick treatment for guard dogs

• Strong Canvas material to cover rhino mattresses

• Milton Disinfectant for sterilizing babies Milk bottles

• Dishwash liquid 25L
• Pine Gel/ Pine Cleaner 25L
• Large Paper Rolls for Rhino kitchen
• Toiletpaper 1-ply Only
• Kitchen Scourer Sponges
• Methylated Spirits 1L
• Washing Powder for Rhino Blankets
• Gym balls for Rhino Enrichment
• Spades x 2
• Drain Plunger
• Multiplug with surge protection x 2
• Drill-bit set or 5 and 6mm sizes – Masonry, Wood and Steel
• Spanner set
• Wall Plugs and Screws – 5 and 6 mm x 45 -50mm
• Light Bulbs (Screw in – Energy Saving) x 5 (any wattage)
• Rivet Gun and pop rivets
• Dog Food – Hill’s Joint Care for Zandroff
• BD Vacutainers (yellow top with gel in the vial)
• Hand pressure sprayer 5L for wound flushing x 2
• Small plastic Screw lid containers for Preservation
• Scalpel blades Size 22
• Copy paper A4
• Black ink cartridges HP No 22
• External drive (TB) for document storage records, databases, multimedia etc

‘The Future of Wildlife is in our Hands’

There is so much involved in saving these helpless victims, that we have to do our best to support the orphanage and enable them to focus on the care of the rhino orphans, without having to worry about things like what is on the list as shown.

Your Donations at Work

Pictured below are one of our deliveries of medical equipment, food and general supplies, including thousands of syringes, oxygen tanks, special medications, water troughs, Game fencing, Shade netting, nutritional supplements, cleaning products and so many other items that are continually needed to help with the day to day operations of the orphanage.

Critically Important Supplies needed for Wildlife Rehabilitation:
Once again we are gearing up to do 'Kind things' for #WildLife, and we need your help to make it happen!
Please #help and #share widely if you care about our #WildBabies.
Remember the six #JackalPuppies we rescued some weeks back? They are doing great, and it is the needs of the Rehabilitation Center where they are, that we are focusing on right now. 
These are good people, doing great work for our #WildBabies. 

On the banks of the Crocodile River across from the Kruger Park, magic is happening. Rescue, Rehab and Release Magic. It’s called Wild and Free Wildlife Rehabilitation.

Historically, treatment options for medium to small wildlife in crisis here, were very limited. There are still a multitude of wildlife, even outside of the Kruger, in farm areas, and also residential estates like Marloth Park, where the wildlife is allowed to roam free on the parkland between houses.

Because of human encroachment, it often happens that these animals get hurt. Like an Endangered Shoebill #Stork, shot twice, they need help, locally, and quickly. Or several #Owls that got stuck in the wire mesh protecting the thatched roofs. A #genet also had a bizarre case of fishhooks stuck in his mouth, and was successfully treated by Wild and Free Wildlife Rehabilitation, and the Wildlife Veterinarian who assists.

This is why Wild and Free Wildlife Rehabilitation is a project that needs our support. The dream of Deidre Joubert to open this Rehab Centre in Hectorspruit is finally a reality, with the kindness of landowner Willie Joubert, who has made a substantial piece of his very valuable riverside property available for the development of the Center.

Deirdre has trained with the best, and has eight years’ experience in indigenous wildlife rehabilitation and is also a member of the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Fraternity. She currently has the challenging job of rearing some of the smallest #Genets rescued, ever.

In line with Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation (#WHWF)’s commitment to #EthicalConservation, “Rescue, Rehabilitate and Release” is their motto. Timing is crucial in assisting the animals to remain completely wild, so the ability to respond quickly minimizes time between rescue, rehabilitation and release. This saves lives, and has been proven with several of the animals they have already helped. From a #serval whose mom died in a fire, to trapped owls, to #bushbabies in distress, to scrub #hares, all indigenous wildlife will have the very best chance of survival and to thrive, once again wild and free. Therefore it is critically important that the center is equipped with everything they need in order to respond quickly to an emergency.

The people involved in this worthwhile and ambitious project, are of the very best kind – the ones who will always strive to help keep our Wildlife safe for future generations to enjoy.

A lot of the medical consumables have been already provided by us in the past, but is constantly needed. We have been collecting items off their extensive wish-list for some time, as funding allowed. For instance, we have the stainless steel operating table (USD200) and the gram scale needed to to effectively examine patients, and weigh patients and medicines for accurate dosage. We now need just a little more help to make sure we can make a big impact in the lives of those that they rescue - those who have no voice but ours.

Various medications and foods like AV plus for #birds, and an expensive milk replacement formula for the #felines in their care. The #Carnivores need a supplement to help aid their digestion systems during their rehabilitation process (USD40). The normal bandages, plasters, tape, gauze, cotton wool etc. are always needed too, as well as anti-bacterial soap and surface disinfectants. Bigger items include collapsible cages (USD 25 – USD 200 ea) and transport boxes, smaller items needed are a variety of food and waterbowls. Even a kiddies plastic sandpit can do its part in helping bird releases as it is used as a pond/bird bath for bigger birds.
**A USD50 donation can purchase special milk for a serval/genet/African Wild Cat for about two months. **

Can you help us help the ‘forgotten’, ‘less-glamorous’ wildlife that are essential to the #biodiversity and #ecological management of our last remaining wild areas? Any donations, big or small can help make this happen.

If you are not financially in a position to help, why don’t you gather some old towels, unused dog kennels, or a forgotten kiddies plastic sandpit, and get it to us? In Johannesburg we will collect.

As always, we will show you exactly where your kind donations are used.
We remain committed to #EthicalConservation and #Transparency.

 
 Anti-Poaching Camera Traps Needed to Keep our Lions Safe.

Unfortunately poaching Lions has become a major problem in the wild as well as in the Sanctuaries that care for these magnificent big Cats. 

Since CITES and the SA government have allowed the trade in Lion bones, these animals are being targeted by poachers who are illegally selling Lion parts on the black market.
WHWF has already supplied 3 of these Camera traps to one of the sanctuaries and has been successful in protecting the Lions but we need at least 4-5 more to be fully protected.

These Anti-Poaching cameras are infrared and completely silent. They pick up any movement around the Lions' camps, they then take pictures/video and immediately send them to five cell phones - enabling the Rangers to be there within minutes to stop the poachers from killing the Lions.

Each camera costs $380 U.S. and we would appreciate any help you can give towards these proven anti-poaching deterrents.

We will, as always, show you when they are purchased and installed.

 

Below are the brave Anti-Poaching Rangers we help supply with Uniforms and equipment to help protect our precious wildlife. Your help to keep them properly equipped is much appreciated.

Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation below, assisting with treatment of Rhinos in the field

It is still a very long road ahead before this tiny rhino can be completely rehabilitated and returned to the wild, but luckily for her, Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation and The Rhino Orphanage will do everything in their power to make sure she grows up to be strong, healthy, wild, free and most importantly, safe. 

To help us care for these brave little survivors, please consider donating at the top of the page and also see what we do on the 'How can you help tab

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