Save Valley Conservancy (SVC), one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries in Africa, was awarded a US$50 000 grant through Tusk Trust towards their anti-poaching efforts.
The grant came at a time when the global COVID-19 pandemic, which has restricted travel around the world, has cut off the funding stream for wildlife protection.
An official at the conservancy revealed that a Wildlife Rangers Challenge is set to be staged on October 3, 2020, to raise more funds.
The first-phase emergency funding received from Tusk Trust will be used to provide critical resources to maintain the rangers in the field.
Bryce Clemence, head of Anti-Poaching and Tracking Specialists (ATS) for the rangers, said:
Our value is in our men, we train them to very high standards. We are highly motivated by the same drive – we don’t want to see the rhino extinct. This is a complete life dedication.
According to Tusk’s Royal Patron, The Duke of Cambridge, the wildlife rangers of Africa’s protected areas are the unsung heroes of conservation who were achieving so much against the odds.