Pilot Project To Protect Rhinos Announced
In May 2018, Dimension Data and Cisco announced new plans to take the technology to other conservation hotspots in Africa. Work has already begun on a reserve in Zambia and is about to start in Kenya, and then Mozambique. In Kenya, the focus is on both rhinos and elephants. The other two countries are focused on elephants only.
Pilot project to protect rhinos announced
While the South African pilot project was funded by Dimension Data and Cisco, the newer projects involve a mix of government-run and private parks, and will be run along more commercial lines, according to Rowan.
For 27 years, Dimension Data and Cisco have been partners in delivering on a greater good for the world. In 2015, with a shared passion for protecting wildlife heritage through technology, we launched Connected Conservation. The goal was to help protect and stop the poaching of rhinos using a unique solution, starting with a pilot in a private game reserve adjacent to the Kruger National Park in South Africa.
Due to this success, today we are pleased to announce that in 2018 Dimension Data and Cisco will be expanding the project into more regions in Africa to protect more species of animals. Specifically, we will be rolling it out to Zambia and Mozambique, to protect the elephant, and Kenya, to protect both the elephant and rhino.
Working alongside these dedicated Indonesian NGOs, we strive to increase the population of Sumatran rhinos by monitoring and protecting rhinos and their habitats through Rhino and Wildlife Protection Units, investigating and preventing wildlife crime, breeding the species at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary, and working with local communities to replant rhino habitat and build support for conservation.
The pilot program (which launched across two sites in 2018) has been successful. IRF collaborates with YABI, IRI, Way Kambas National Park and local communities and farmer groups to expand critical habitat for Sumatran rhinos. To date, we have planted 50 hectares (or 124 acres) at two sites (about three quarters the size of Disneyland).
The Asian Rhino Specialist Group (AsRSG) announced that the greater one-horned rhino (Rhinoceros unicornis), found only in India, Nepal and Bhutan, has increased to 4,014 individuals after a biannual survey was completed in early 2022. The population is growing largely due to the governments of India and Nepal creating habitat for rhinos, while also preventing poaching.
Indian Rhino Vision 2020 (IRV2020), the program established in 2005 for the purpose of increasing the rhino population in Assam to 3,000 by establishing populations in seven protected areas, came to a close in 2021 with a final translocation of two rhinos from Kaziranga National Park to Manas National Park. Thanks to IRV2020, rhinos are now found in four Protected Areas in Assam: Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, Orang National Park, Kaziranga National Park and Manas National Park.
With NGO partners, including IRF, the government of Assam (a state in northeastern India), initiated translocations of rhinos within protected areas of Assam to give rhinos more room to breed. The state government also closes all rhino bearing protected areas in Assam to visitors during breeding season.
"In Costa Rica, IEG is supporting us to build a pilot project for establishing a Natural Asset Company. This will deepen the economic analysis of giving nature its economic value, as well as to continue mobilizing financial flows to conservation. All of this, in a key moment when we have to meet social and economic needs on our people and comply with what science tells us about the 30x30 goal, on protecting at least 30 percent of land and oceans by 2030."
Johannesburg, South Africa and Armonk, NY - 19 Sep 2017: IBM (NYSE: IBM), MTN, a leading African telecommunications provider, Wageningen University (WU) in the Netherlands and Prodapt, today announced they are harnessing IBM Internet of Things (IoT) technology as part of the MTN Connected Wildlife Solution. The solution will help predict threats and combat the poaching of endangered rhinos at Welgevonden Game Reserve in South Africa, with the intent to expand the solution to other reserves in future.
Wageningen University (the Netherlands) is a leading life sciences university. Its Resource Ecology Group, which is the partner in this exciting pilot project, brings together world-leading researchers on savanna ecology, livestock science and environmental sciences from this University. It is working closely with the mathematicians of Leiden University, ASTRON (especially radio-astronomers), sensor scientists from the University of Twente, and increasingly with data scientists of the Technical University, Eindhoven. The Dutch side of this project is financed by NWO (the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research). For more projects see www.wur.nl/en/Expertise-Services/Chair-groups/Environmental-Sciences/Resource-Ecology-Group.htm
In this pilot project that will be judged on whether the population of horned animals in two parks in the country increases, the Washington-based development lender will issue a $150 million bond March 31.
The Sumatran rhino is probably the rarest and most endangered large land mammal on earth, having been extirpated from more than 99% of its former range. The Indonesian Government reports that there are fewer than 80 individuals remaining, whilst the latest report released by the IUCN in preparation for CITES CoP 19 in Panama paints a more cynical picture, warning that there are just 34-47 individuals surviving. Furthermore, as human encroachment increases into their habitats, any remaining rhinos wander in search of more remote tracts of forest. This makes finding, accurately counting, and protecting them even more complicated and time-consuming: time that we simply do not have.
Save the Rhino International is a strategic partner of the Sumatran Rhino Survival Alliance and has been supporting the work of the RPUs and the reforestation projects in WKNP. Most recently, funds have also been provided to purchase camera traps to help monitor individual Sumatran rhinos, as well as radio telecommunications and satellite phones to aid the dissemination of information in the remotest of rhino habitats.
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