Save Mankwe's Rhino
Team Member: Miles to Mankwe
We have reached over 3000 miles!!!
February 05, 2017
In October 2014, the Mankwe Wildlife Reserve in South Africa experienced a devastating blow when two of their Rhino Cows, Cheeky Cow and Winnie, plus Winnie’s unborn calf were brutally slaughtered.
The small team at Mankwe have had to deal with their beloved rhino being taken from them with no justice visited upon the perpetrators. In an attempt to save their remaining population of rhino, a decision was made to de-horn the rhino within that week, greatly reducing the risk of them being poached. However, this action came with huge veterinary costs and risks associated with anaesthetic and the dominant bull Patrol unfortunately passed away.
See previous fundraising here: https://www.crowdrise.com/SaveMankwesRhino/fundraiser/cindywhite2
In the time since this event, another rhino has been killed indirectly due to poaching. Baby Charlie simply could not survive without her mother Cheeky Cow, despite best efforts from her elder brother Sweet Chilli and the Mankwe team. This means that in the end five rhino deaths have resulted from these poaching events back in October 2014. Four of these rhino being female and so would have produced many calves, we can calculate that the poachers took away the life of around 30 White Rhino that day.
I have personally been to Mankwe, both prior to these tragic events and again after, and have seen the effects fundraising has had first-hand. A base camp has been constructed for an independent anti-poaching unit which are now in operation every day and anti-poaching vehicles and equipment have been improved.
However, these anti-poaching patrols have a running cost and the rhino horns are now growing back and it is feared by staff that this may prompt poachers to return and attempt to poach again even for this small amount of horn, the process of de-horning may have to be repeated. Sadly, the government would not help Mankwe with a subsidy and nor do they receive any charity funding.
We do not want anything like this to take place here again, so we are starting our most ambitious fundraiser yet - we want to raise as much money as possible for Mankwe Wildlife Reserve, to maintain their essential anti-poaching efforts.
Poaching rates continue to rise and as such Mankwe and Lynne MacTavish's (Reserve manager) are under great pressure, as an act of solidarity we aim to cover the distance from Cheltenham, UK, to Mankwe, South Africa. This spans a huge and intimidating 5620 miles, and we invite anyone and everyone to donate and/or join us in our efforts in this fundraiser that we are calling ‘Miles to Mankwe’ (thanks to Sophie Medlock for the idea).
See our Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/milestomankwe/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel ) for details on how we are going to achieve this and how you can contribute.