HIPPO HELPS GET SPECIALIST RHINO ANTI-POACHING TASK TEAM INTO THE FIELD
Friday, July 12, 2013
hippo.co.za, an innovative comparison site, has donated R190 000 to Rhino Action Group Effort (RAGE) for the establishment of a specialist task team that will be strategically-deployed to fight rhino poaching and bring culprits to book.
Commissioned by RAGE, and with the approval of the SAPS Hawks, the team will proactively work to prevent rhino killings in targeted reserves based on risk warnings and intelligence. The team will also work reactively to apprehend perpetrators involved in rhino poaching incidents.
The funding from hippo.co.za will be used to purchase sophisticated night vision equipment and will pay the task team’s monthly vehicle costs, including insurance and fuel, for six months.
The donation was raised through hippo.co.za’s Save the Rhino initiative.
“Our Save the Rhino campaign was launched in November 2012. hippo.co.za donated R10 for every selected online quote generated to RAGE. Our objective was to make it easier for consumers to make a contribution to an extremely important cause – saving our rhino,” says Amanda Thomas, General Manager of hippo.co.za.
RAGE was set-up by Lead SA in 2011 as a safe collector and conduit of public donations toward rhino conservation causes. It ensures that monies collected from well-meaning individuals and organisations are appropriately directed to anti-poaching organisations and areas that need funding most.
“We fully-endorse the establishment of a specialist task team to subvert planned attacks on rhinos and action the arrests of perpetrators. A dedicated team focused on acting on intelligence to prevent rhino killings will certainly be a powerful weapon against the scourge of rhino poaching. We are honoured to be part of getting this operation off the ground,” says Thomas.
RAGE spokesman, Andy Rice says: "If we are to win the fight against rhino poaching it is imperative that we have adequate funding for proactive measures. RAGE would like to thank Hippo for its generous sponsorship, which has allowed this initiative to proceed."