There are so many excellent organizations and individuals doing wonderful work on behalf of the five living species of African and Asian rhinos, not only in the 16 Range States, but all over the world. Some of these are large and global in their reach and influence, while others are small, focused, and act locally. All are indispensible to the wellbeing and survival of rhinos.
In assembling a website such as Rhino Review we have dug deeply into the great wealth of data and knowledge that these organizations and other specialists have amassed and shared via their own websites and publications. We acknowledge with gratitude this wide-ranging body of knowledge; particularly from the following organizations
Updated date:August 19, 2019
African Parks Network
African Parks Network (APN) is a non-profit conservation organisation that takes on the complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities. We currently manage 15 national parks and protected areas in nine countries covering 10.5 million hectares: Benin, Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Zambia.
African Wildlife Foundation
AWF is the leading international conservation organization focused exclusively on Africa's wildlife and wild lands. The organization’s programs and conservation strategies are designed to protect the wildlife and wild lands of Africa and to ensure a more sustainable future for Africa's people. AWF protects Africa's wildlife, its wild lands, and its natural resources.Since its inception in 1961, the organization has protected endangered species and land, promoted conservation enterprises that benefit local African communities, and trained hundreds of African nationals in conservation—all to ensure the survival of Africa's unparalleled wildlife heritage.
Global Wildlife Conservation
In 2018 GWC celebrated its tenth anniversary working with partners in more than 50 countries worldwide and helping to establish more than 30 new protected areas which are home to more than 150 endangered species and a staggering 20,000 species overall. Through strategic partnerships GWC continues to push the boundaries of cutting-edge science and technologies for conservation, and to achieve unprecedented economies of scale for maximum impact.
International Fund for Animal Welfare
IFAW is one of the largest animal welfare and conservation charities in the world. The organization works to rescue individual animals, safeguard populations, preserve habitat, and advocate for greater protections. An aspect of IFAW’s work is its partnerships with elephant and rhino orphanages in Zambia, Zimbabwe and India, where the focus is on rescue, rehabilitation, release, and post-release monitoring and protection.
International Rhino Foundation
In response to the global crisis in rhino conservation, IRF protects particularly threatened rhino populations in the wild, while also supporting applied research that can help to improve the chances for long-term survival of all rhino species. The organization has helped to make made great strides in preventing further declines of these magnificent animals and to turn rhino population trends around in the areas in which we work. IRF puts its limited resources towards field programs in Asia and Africa targeting the rhino species most in need of and most appropriate for intensive protection and management.
Peace Parks Foundation
PPF’s dream is to re-establish, renew and preserve large functional ecosystems that transcend man-made boundaries – thereby protecting and regenerating natural and cultural heritage vital to enabling and sustaining a harmonious future for man and the natural world. PPFengages with governments to obtain buy-in, secure protected land, and channel investment into development of transboundary conservation areas (TFCAs)—an area or component of a large ecological region that straddles the boundaries of two or more countries, encompassing one or more protected areas as well as multiple resource use areas.
Private Rhino Owners Association
PROA is a voluntary association with general members and a non-profit organization that promotes the conservation, protection and proliferation of all species of rhino on private land in South Africa and the rest of Africa. There are approximately 330 private game reserves is South Africa that cover an area of more than two million hectares. Most of these reserves are members of PROA and collectively they are home to about 35% of South Africa’s rhinos (approximately 6300 rhinos).
Rhino Resource Centre
RRC is an extraordinary initiative committed to assisting research and conservation of rhinos worldwide by collecting all publications and maintaining an archive accessible without fees in an effort to streamline research and contribute to rhino conservation.
Save the Rhino International
At the heart of SRI’s commitment is the protection of wild rhinos through funding rangers, their dogs and their care. Demand reduction in horn consumer countries is also a strong focus of the organization, as is community-led conservation strategies, and working with organizations and experts and sharing information globally.
South African Department for Environment Affairs
DEA is mandated to protect South Africa’s environmental heritage and as South Africa is not only home to the greatest number of rhinos in the world, but also the epicenter of the current poaching crisis, the department has a critical role to play. It is also the parliamentary department to which South African National Parks (SANParks)—the ultimate custodian of the country’s wild rhino population.
The Perfect World Foundation
TPWF was founded with the sole mission to save part of our paradise for the next generation. It is not about being perfect, but through bringing awareness to the horrific, sad, and dire situations of our animals and the world’s environments, the organization hopes to encourage people to take one step forward in the right direction. The Perfect World Foundation has a Scandinavian origin and a global mission, and believes in co-operations and joining forces with other organizations to optimize the outcome towards The Perfect World.
Wildlifetrade is one of the world's most pressing conservation challenges, affecting hundreds of millions of people and thousands of wildlife species. TRAFFIC is a leading non-governmental organiZation founded in 1976 as a strategic alliance of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). TRAFFIC’S aim is to ‘ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature’. Its work involves research, publication of influential reports, projects, education, outreach and advocacy on the issue of wildlife trade. TRAFFIC focuses on leveraging resources, expertise and awareness of the latest globally urgent species trade issues
International Union for Conservation
IUCN is a membership unionuniquely composed of both government and civil society organizations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organizations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together. IUCNincludes the African and Asian Rhino Specialist Groups (AfRSG& AsRSG), the Red List of Threatened Species (Red List), and the World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC)
Wilderness Foundation Africa
For 45 years WFA has been working to protect and sustain wildlife and wilderness through integrated conservation and education programsfor the benefit of current and future generations.. Whether it is direct action anti-poaching in the field, large landscape wilderness management, or developing rising young leaders from disadvantaged communities for a career in conservation, Wilderness Foundation Africa has 45 years of results.
WildAid focuses on reducing the demand for wildlife products. Via public service announcements and educational initiatives, the organization works with Asian and Western celebrities and business leaders to dissuade people from purchasing wildlife products. WildAid reaches up to approximately one billion people per week in China alone. The organization’s celebrity ambassadors include Yao Ming, Jackie Chan, Leonardo DiCaprio, Harrison Ford, Jane Goodall, Kate Hudson, and Amitabh Bachchan.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment. Two major global treaties are maintained under the auspices of UNEP: The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and—of particular relevance to rhinos—the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Speices of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES).