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South African national parks authority has reported that 19 Elephants have been killed by poachers in 2015. 12 have been killed since September.

The South African National Parks (SANParks) reported in 2014 that the first confirmed elephant poaching incident in the Kruger National Park (KNP) in well over ten years. The worst fears have now come to light that elephants of the Kruger National Park is being targeted by poachers with two being killed at the start of the year, three died in July, two died in August and 12 died in September and October.

Until now, South Africa have been focusing their efforts on the vulnerable rhino population with over 800 poached for their hons since the beginning of 2015.  Until two elephants were killed last year, South Africa had lost no elephants for "well over a decade", South Africa's national parks authority said.

The latest deaths are now raising fears that the country is the latest target of poachers supplying the illegal ivory trade worth more than $1 billion annually, with large scale poaching of elephant populations further north in Africa.

In each instance in the latest Kruger deaths, the poachers shot the elephants dead and escaped with their ivory before they could be detected. 

William Mabasa, a spokesman for South African National Parks’ Kruger operation, said the lack of borders in the transfrontier park that joins Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa were partly to blame.

He said it was impossible to tell how many separate incidents the elephants were killed in over the past two months in the national park, which is roughly the size of Wales.

“We were picking up carcasses every day, but it’s hard to know when exactly they died,” he said. “We knew to expect this. Most probably elephants are becoming more scarce in the northern countries such as Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Mozambique where they have been poaching for some time, so now they have come to Kruger.

“We won’t know exactly how it’s happened though until we catch someone and they tell us why.”

Every year, 35-50,000 elephants are killed. Between 2010 and 2012, more than 100,000 elephants were killed for their Ivory. Today, it is estimated that there are less than 50,000 African elephants left on the continent. They can be wiped out in less than two years.

With the governments apparent failure in protecting the Rhinos & Elephants of the Kruger, it has fallen on the private citizens of the world to help in the fight against criminal syndicates that are hell bent on destroying these animals in the name of greed. 

To help supply anti-poaching units with desperately needed equipment and to help raise awareness, you can donate to WHWF (using the donate button) who are trying to doing everything in their power to make sure Rhinos, Elephants and all the animals of the wild live on. 

Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation arrived at the sleepy little town of Alldays on Tuesday morning 8th September at 2am, to monitor and report back on the Driven Hunt taking place on the Farm Braam. In the dark night the sky was velvety black and full of stars. It was unthinkable that such a beautiful place would be the backdrop for the killing of precious wildlife.

Ammondale Lodge, Alldays Limpopo.

A driven hunt is almost unheard of by the public in South Africa but have found, after further investigation that it has been going on for years. It is a highly controversial and unethical hunting method in which a line of people walk across the veld, chasing the animals towards a line of hunters sitting on raised wooden platforms. The animals have very limited opportunities for escape. Once they reach a specific area, the hunters would take aim and fire at them, with each hunter killing around two animals per day.

On the road to the farm we were met by a Senior DEA (Department of Environmental Affairs) Official, Mr. Dirk Boshoff, sent there by the Director General of the DEA to oversee the proceedings. It was clear that there were mixed feelings about this hunt, and that the Department felt enough public pressure to react in a positive way by sending out additional observers.

Mr. Boshoff was allowed into the Ammondale Lodge, where the hunters are staying, and was later joined by other officials from the Limpopo DEA, as well as Isabel Wentzel and another Inspector from the NSPCA. These people were all allowed on the hunt, and could form an exact opinion as to what was happening on that specific day. The NSPCA had obtained a warrant to attend the hunt, but they are still powerless to stop it, because of a kind of legal no-man’s land and lack of legislation with regards to these kinds of hunts.


Pictured above is Mr Boshoff from the DEA and Isabel Wentzel from the NSPCA before entering the lodge.

The farm was a hive of activity, with the setting up of the day’s hunt starting around 07h00. Staff were transported about, and we got to see the sniffer dog, who is responsible for tracking a wounded animal in need of being put down.

At around 07h30, the vehicles with the hunters appeared and crossed the road from Ammondale Lodge into the killing fields. There were 13 hunters, and approximately 10 PH’s (Professional Hunters), with one Hunt Master. The hunters are a mix of Belgian, Dutch and Danish nationals, and this is their blood-sport of choice.

The hunters were laughing and joking, with only two of them having the decency to cover their faces in shame when they first passed.



Dutch, Belgian and Danish hunters leaving to shoot the wildlife.

They are a closely knit group of friends and colleagues who do not allow strangers in, and this hunt was organized specifically for them. It is apparently the first time that a driven hunt has taken place on this farm. Later on, we saw older platforms with more overgrown clearances, which suggests that it has happened here before.

Elsewhere in South Africa it is secretly a regular occurrence, with hunters like these coming into South Africa on an annual basis, to specifically satisfy this kind of blood-lust.

The mistake made by the Organizers of this hunt, was to place the wooden platforms in an area visible from the road. Some people who passed started asking questions, and the issue exploded in the media.

The corridors with killing platforms to shoot the wildlife.

The Chasers are local people employed for the duration of the hunt, to scare the animals towards the hunters. They also covered their faces as they were transported past. There were approximately 83 of them per drive. With ten metres between each person in the chasing line, this meant that almost 1km was covered by a human ‘chain’ of chasers, sending the animals straight into the shooters’ path. This was on Tuesday, and we were completely unprepared for what lay ahead on Thursday.

With an initial volley of shots fired, but barely audible, a few hours later, there really was no way to know what was happening on the killing fields, as they were too far away.
The farm is massive, and this explains how 600 of these platforms could have been built. The hunting area is split into smaller blocks around which the killing platforms are scattered, so only a few of these platforms are used at any time. This also enables the hunters to move to a different part of the farm, so that the animals get a chance to calm down about the shots fired around them. It makes them easier targets when they have not been shot at in a specific area recently.

Two vehicles came back, with something covered in tarps on the back. It looked like large antelopes.

On Monday, it was reported that 18 animals were killed, with one having been wounded, tracked and euthanized.
A neighbour informed us that that it had actually been twenty animals on Monday. On Tuesday the hunt stopped at 8pm, with a total of 20 animals shot for the day. At the time of writing, it is estimated that the total amount of animals killed since Monday, was around 85.

At lunchtime the hunters came back to the lodge for a break, and clouds were gathering, so hunting was seemingly ceased for the day. This time they seemed to be properly chastised, with most of them hiding their faces from our cameras. They continued to hunt, returning at 8pm on Tuesday.


The hunters too ashamed to show their faces as they return from the unethical killing.

Isabel Wentzel from the NSPCA who monitored the hunt on Tuesday, said that during the time that she was watching there really was no massacre, that the hunt was strictly controlled and well organized. She admitted that there is no legal precedent to refer to in this case, and that the method of this type of hunt is not ethical.
In a later statement by the Deputy CEO of the NSPCA, Este Kotze, it was confirmed that they are completely opposed to this kind of hunting, and find it unacceptable and highly unethical. This remains their formal position on the matter.

From the way that the events played out, it was clear that the hunters had no intention of being honest or transparent with regards to their methods. If there is nothing to hide, the press and NSPCA would have been welcomed along on the hunt. Instead, back roads were taken, video was allowed to be taken in a section where they had no intention to hunt on that day, and several of their staff participated in playing a cat and mouse game in order to confuse the public and concerned organizations. This speaks volumes about the integrity.

The NSPCA was not allowed to take any video footage on Tuesday, and on Wednesday their warrant had to be enforced by the South African Police. As soon as they were allowed back on the farm, the hunters immediately packed up and left.

Police arriving to enforce the warrant.

On Thursday the NSPCA was not allowed on the hunting block, because that portion of the farm was excluded from their warrant. While they were chasing around to obtain a modified warrant, the hunt continued, and Carte Blanche, the Limpopo Rate Payers Association, and various animal advocates were witness to the incredible cruelty of this kind of hunt from behind the fence at a portion of the farm.

      NSPCA trying to access the scene of the drive.             Paul Oxton of WHWF being interviewed by Carte Blanche 

The Human Chain of Chasers started right at the fence, in a line as far as the eye could see. They then move forward, chasing the animals into the sights of the hunters. Literally a few seconds after they started walking, the first shots rang out. The hunters were situated about 200m from where the chase chain started (at the fence).

The 83 people (Beaters) stretching a kilometer long preparing to chase the wildlife into the line of fire.

While spending time in Alldays town, we spoke to several of the local lodge owners and staff. Every single person in this pro-hunting town we spoke to, said that they do not agree with this, and that they are losing business as a result of a controversial hunting method that should never have been allowed in the first place.

One of the ladies we spoke to who works in one of the restaurants is a mother to some of the individuals working in the chasing line. She had begged them not to do it, because their safety could not be guaranteed with the chasing line and the hunters so close to each other.

It was heart-warming to see that the Limpopo Rate Payers Association are opposed to this, and sent people out to protest on the farm.

The good people from the Rate Payers Association of Limpopo giving their support.

Also on Thursday, we met with a previous owner of the farm, who comes from a hunting family. He built Ammondale’s signature rock Entrance with his own hands. He was extremely emotional, and very upset about what was happening there. He said that it was not hunting, but just shooting taking place there. He came with his son, to say goodbye to a place they loved, vowing to never return.

Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation maintains that just because it is not illegal, it does not mean that it is ethical or morally justified. This is nothing but a canned hunt, in that the center animals have no means of escape, and are being driven into the face of death, where they would not have been normally.

If the organizers had nothing to hide, they would have invited press to attend, and the NSPCA would not have needed a warrant to obtain entry.

It was later reported that a total of 98 wild animals had been killed including two Duikers that are a small antelope not much larger than a domestic cat.

The fact is that currently this type of killing is not illegal in South Africa and until legislation can be introduced, this will happen again and again.

It has been reported since the Driven Hunt that the DEA have taken this issue to the highest level which we are following up on very closely. As yet we have had no formal response.

Anton De Vries: Hunt organizer.

The subsequent television exposé of driven hunting has established a disturbing link between the agricultural and hunting sectors. The link is Anton de Vries – a Dutch businessman and fruit exporter whose companies SAFE & BONO are strategic partners in the government’s agrarian land reform policies.

After De Vries was exposed on television for the driven hunt in Limpopo, the SAFE and BONO website was shut down.

At the time, De Vries was available for comment. But shortly after their activities were exposed on SABC News, their PR firm made contact, requesting that their clients be given the right of reply to the serious allegations leveled against them.

SABC will afford them the opportunity to defend themselves – a right that was not given to the terrified animals herded and slaughtered in Limpopo two weeks ago. Thus far he has not appeared to explain himself. 

The full version of this investigation will be broadcast on Special Assignment, Sunday, 4th October at 8.30pm on SABC3.

We are very pleased that this cruelty towards wildlife has been reported in over 25 news papers, web sites and TV stations internationally. Public outrage is powerful. Lets make it count.

Since this so called hunt was exposed it has been confirmed that Mpumalanga Province will no longer issue Driven Hunt permits. A win for wildlife due to public outrage.

Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation would like to thank everyone who made it possible for us to attend and report back on this issue. Public awareness is key in stopping such atrocities devastating our wildlife. Please share and make people aware.

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"The Future of Wildlife is in our Hands"

Saving Leila the captive Chimp

We have to help save this poor Chimp Leila. We need to raise funds to relocate her to a sanctuary where she can live in peace without being chained to a tree everyday. We will be coordinating efforts with John Groblar who found the little girl so that we can find a suitable home.

From John - "My efforts to rescue Leila the chimpanzee from her prison and put her into a sanctuary has run into some headwinds: the Jane Goodall Institute does not have funds available to remove her from present situation.

PASA also does not have a chapter in Angola, so that leaves me with only one small NGO in Luanda, run by Francisca Pires who takes care of stray and abandoned dogs. She works close with a veterinary in Luanda called Fatima, who is exactly the kind of person we need here to rescue Leila from that old zoo.
I do not have the funds myself either - we need to buy her out from captors, have her checked out and sedated and possibly moved by plane to Luanda to Fatima' and Francisca's care.

Her story by John Groblar: "Her name is Leila and she six or seven years old.
Some guy from Cabinda sold her to the Granja Por De Sol concessionnaire about three years ago.
He has since skipped town for Luanda, left lots of unpaid debts and is currently not answering his phone.
They kept her in a cage initially, but she broke everything until they figured she wanted to be close to people, which is why she is kept here next to the gate. She might also be a trained pick-pocket - she had her hand in my pocket at first opportunity. Very friendly and liked a good scratch from another strangely hairless ape: my hair was of great interest. She has learned to beg a drink from passers-by, either fetching a can for some Coke or a bottle for beer. And her incissors have been removed. One shudders to think how. I'm amazed she still trusts people, but clearly one that had been around humans all her life."

We are still working out how much money will be needed and to finalize a home for her, but have to make a start. Please help us help her be making a donation.. Thank you.

Ongoing help needed to supply our Baby Rhinos with desperately needed Milk

We need your help to make sure that everything is done to care for these victims of poaching.

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.

URGENTLY NEEDED! Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Enclosures. 

Sometimes, our persecuted Wildlife gets lucky. It doesn't happen often, but it happens occasionally, when passionate people decide to pour their heart and soul into #EthicalConservation.
In Johannesburg, South Africa, our Wildlife just got lucky.

The team at the Jhb Wildlife Veterinary Hospital is dedicated to treating and rehabilitating small to medium-sized urban wildlife.

A few weeks ago, Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation did a surprise #SupplyDrop for them, stocking them up on veterinary medicines and consumables numbering hundreds of items, to the value of over R20 000. This was a great start, but we have to do more! All the animals here are treated at no charge, and the aim is always successful re-wilding and release. We have to put the animals first, be their voice, and give them the best chance at survival.

*Anything worth doing, is worth doing well*
A substantial number of the patients are raptors, and they need specialist care. In the pictures you can see a selection of the beautiful birds of prey who have been treated here.

***Urgently Needed right now is 3 x Rehabilitation Enclosures for these winged wonders. Having the proper enclosures aid rehabilitation and improves the survival rate of rescues.
The enclosures are made out of a steel framework with gate, diamond-mesh covered and completely enclosed in shade-netting to minimize trauma and external stimuli. They are 5m in length, and 2.4m wide, so that a pre-flight test can easily be accommodated.

We have sourced the manufacturers, and just need that magical ingredient - your support - to make these life-saving enclosures a reality.

The cost is R25 000 (1,800 USD) for all three enclosures. The injured Birds of Prey really need this. Every single cent will help towards being the wind beneath their wings, and will help set them up for that sweet flight of freedom.
As always we will keep you updated on progress, from the building to the delivery and installation of these critically needed rooms.
Please help by donating to Support #RaptorRehab and help us build this for them! You can also donate directly at:

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Your Donations at Work

Help is needed for the treatment & welfare of orphaned Rhinos. Some of the items, equipment & general supplies needed listed below.

- High density foam mattresses for the treatment of larger Rhinos who have been rescued.

- Milton Disinfectant for sterilizing babies Milk bottles.
- Ringers: I.V. Drips for rhinos in need of critical care .
- Veterinary Tear gel to protect the rhino babies eyes.
- Basic Wound Care Kits (Kidney dishes, Suture kits & Forceps).

- Denkavit calf milk replacer: 25 kg per month
- Protexin premium or soluble: 1 bucket per week
- Calostrum Biomel-plus: 1 bucket per 2 weeks
- Oral electrolytes: to prepare 10 lts per day
- Antimicrobial spray for wounds: 1 can per month

- Virkon disinfectant: 1 bucket per 2 weeks
- Carmino+ sachets
- Omega oil
- Syringes: 1, 3, 5, 10, 50 ml

- lighting & surge protection
- Camera traps
- Food thermometer
- Linen for volunteers accommodation.

These are just a few of the items needed to help care for the Rhino orphans. They have already been through hell, so the least we can all do is to ensure they have a chance at a future.

You can donate via the donate button on the right of the page or via Bank transfer below.

First National Bank / Check Account
Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation
Account number - 62518554101
Branch Code - 250-655
Swift code for International - FIRNZAJJ 143

 What We Do!

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 has to date supplied a significant portion of supplies to Rhino Orphanages in South Africa, including over 1000 Kilo's (2,200 lbs) of 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!

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


We help Turn the Tragedy of Poaching into Hope for a better Future