The International Coalition of Rhino Protection (ICORP) Counter Poaching unit supports all efforts in the daily struggle against the poaching of rhinos and elephant. It is all that stands between the world’s highest concentrations of rhino and elephant free ranging on these conservation areas and the world’s highest concentration of rhino poaching syndicates. Despite this, it has remained an almost forgotten anomaly in South Africa’s top-level conservation planning for the past couple of years and continues to act as a highway for rhino poachers entering the are and the bigger complex known as the APNR (associated private Nature Reserves) comprising the Klaserie, Timbavati, Umbabat Private Nature Reserves and the Kruger National Park.
Wave upon wave of armed and dangerous poaching gangs are killing rhinos to smuggle their horns to Vietnam, and the elephant deaths from poachers are increasing dramatically, to get ivory to areas c. ICORP’s CPU stands in the gap; acting as a stopper and buffer, becoming a deterrent and disruptive force to all poaching events on this landscape. This also includes ridding the area of meat poachers with dogs and machetes. On this Reserve, snaring also happens on a massive scale so that meat can be dried and used as rations for the rhino poachers. These poachers spend days at a time in areas where rhinos are found, patiently waiting to strike.
Our team needs to be well equipped and supported. Its Rangers risk their lives daily and are away from their families for long periods at a time. Their needs are real and we rely heavily on the good-natured folks out there to step up and become friends of our CPU team. Our operational needs are critical and we have to be one step ahead of our foe. We have a number of projects to be funded, so that we are able to operate at a high level, keeping rhino and elephant alive against a foe that is well equipped and armed.
ICORP has a full circle approach. Communities – Rangers and Wildlife.
We have made a commitment to this cause and are determined to achieve the best outcome for our wildlife.
Thanking you Kindly
Marc Mc Donald
Founder and Special Ground Operations