Return of the Rhinos Project

Here are some of the immediate needs of the project:

Vet care for the 33 rhinos at the Ziwa sanctuary
Personal care for the rangers at the sanctuary
Transportation and equipment maintenance
Community Conservation and wildlife protection
Anti-Poaching training and equipment

Time is

running out

Poaching is contributing to the extinction of hundreds of species, including tigers, bears, elephants, and rhinoceroses.

Poaching relates to activities such as the illegal pet trade, the bushmeat trade and even the poaching of our oceans.

Near Threatened

White rhinos are classified as Near Threatened, with less than 18,000 left in the wild. They are the only species of the five rhino species not classified as endangered. The Javan rhino is critically endangered with only 75 left in the wild.


The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the government treaty established to ensure the survival of endangered and threatened species,   banned the international trade of rhinoceros horn in 1977. “For more than 20 years following the ban, poaching of Rhino horn, especially for the black rhino population decreased, but is now again on the rise

24 hours

or less

Criminal syndicates in South Africa can transfer a poached rhino horn by truck from Mozambique (also known as “Poacher’s Alley) to Asia within 24 hours.

From hubs like Myanmar and Thailand, the body parts make their way to China and other SouthEast Asian countries.

27 park

ranger deaths

Over 100  Park Rangers protecting wildlife in Africa are killed primarily by poachers each year in Africa.

Poachers are using assault weapons such as AK-47 rifles and light machine guns as well as M-16 rifles.

668 rhinos killed

In South Africa, between 1990 and 2007, there had not been more than 36 rhinos poached in any single year. In 2014, over twelve hundred were poached, a majority of them from within national parks.  In 2020, 394 rhinos were killed for their horns.

Watch SAFE Worldwide's efforts to save the last of the rhinos in the wild