Still raising the flag

Thanda continues to raise the flag on rhino poaching

Thanda Private Game Reserve is a passionate supporter of World Rhino Day 2012 and has played an active role for many years in rhino conservation initiatives. Thanda is committed to the efforts of its associated wildlife organisations to raise awareness of the dire situation of the rhino, particularly in KwaZulu-Natal.
Thanda, through the Thanda Foundation is dedicated to educate and inform local communities to protect the wildlife legacy and the biodiversity contained in the area. Thanda is proud to be associated with, and work alongside Wildlands Conservation Trust, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, Wildlife ACT, Space For Elephants and African Conservation Trust, who together have spearheaded many initiatives for rhino conservation.
In recognition of World Rhino Day 2012 and the dismal situation of the African rhino, Thanda is focusing on fighting the battle to preserve our precious wildlife heritage and is actively involved in the efforts of Project Rhino KZN. Thanda has been championing and supporting this initiative in multiple ways and is one of the founding members of Project Rhino. Project Rhino is an association of like-minded organisations allowing collective co-ordination of rhino conservation interventions, which are aimed at eliminating rhino poaching and securing the rhino population in KwaZulu-Natal.
This year Thanda has put tremendous effort into supporting Project Rhino KZN. One of the year’s favourite initiatives so far was The Put Foot Rally, in which Thanda staff participated in as part of the two Project Rhino teams. The rally raised huge awareness of the rhino’s situation, as well as donating a portion of funds raised to Project Rhino, who were the 2012’s official charity. Thanda, in conjunction with its conservation partners and Project Rhino KZN members is committed to fighting the battle to preserve our wildlife heritage, in particular this extremely endangered species which is being mercilessly slaughtered for their horns. Thanda has set up a rhino protection unit on the reserve and the adjoining Mduna Royal Reserve.
In honour of World Rhino Day 2012 Thanda is giving a portion of all bookings made from September to December 2012 to Project Rhino, in this way your booking at Thanda can make a difference to this worthwhile cause. In support of the rhinos and to raise awareness of their plight to our guests, Thanda serves a signature dish once a week in honour of our rhino (the menu can be found on our blog). Thanda will also be offering guests an opportunity to get up close to and experience first-hand our majestic and endangered rhino, through an interactive experience that will be available to guests at a cost of R800.00 per person. Guest will be taken out with a qualified guide who will track the rhino by means of telemetry or in layman's terms; “rhinoing”.
Thanda is running a Facebook campaign where a weekend for two couples to Thanda can be won. All you need to do is donate R100.00 to Project Rhino KZN and you will be entered into the draw. Details regarding that promotion are available on the Thanda Facebook page.
Rhinos are part of the big five and are popularly marketed by game reserves throughout southern and eastern Africa but are sadly being viciously and illegally hunted for their horns. Thanda is dedicated to the plight of this magnificent creature and wants to see the rhino removed from the critically endangered species list before reserves can only market big four safaris to visitors.  
For further information and images please contact: Thanda Marketing & Reservations Office.
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