Rhino Tears Wine raised R1.2 million to aid the SANParks Honorary Rangers war on Rhino Poaching. They filmed a piece to show where the funds went.
The Rhino Tears Wine gave the money raised from sales to the SANParks Honorary Rangers in the Kruger National Park. The funds were used to train tracker dogs which track poachers on the ground and to purchase equipment for field rangers.
The idea for the wine came about when Mt Vernon MD, John Hooper, spent a couple of days with the field rangers at the Kruger Wilderness Experience bush camp in the Kruger National Park. It was here that the idea for a wine that could raise money for anti-poaching efforts was born.
Funds also contributed to the delivery of equipment valued at R1,6m to field rangers. This donation included tents, rifle slings, sleeping bags, camping equipment, rifle cleaning kits. As well as back-packs and various other essential items for use by the rangers in anti-poaching operations.
“The funds raised have made a huge difference, we have been very successful in reducing the number of rhino’s poached, even with the added increase of incidents. So that tells us we are doing something right out there!” – John Turner, Chairperson Conservation Services SANParks Honorary Rangers.
Rhino Tears wine is available for purchase in major retailers around the country, including Ultra Liquors, Makro, Tops, Spar, Fruit and Veg City and major independent retailers. It can also ordered online at www.rhinotears.co.za.
Those supporters who wish not to purchase wine can make a donation via the Rhino Tears SMS donation line. SMS the word Rhino to 38730 and R10 will be collected for the campaign.