Rockwood has more than 50 horses for our 27 rangers. That’s a lot of horses to feed! When you donate $225 — or any amount you can afford — to keep a ranger on his horse, here’s how your money helps:
- Keeping our rangers and rhinos safe. Our wildlife rangers risk their personal safety to go out each day and guard over 300 rhinos. With rough terrain and vast distances, the best way for our rangers to keep a close eye on Rockwood’s rhinos is on horseback.
- Covering the expenses to kit out our rangers. Ensuring our rangers are well looked after, provided with the necessary equipment and training for their jobs is a costly exercise. For example, each ranger has two horses, which they ride in rotation to prevent overworking the animals. They also each have a motorbike, guns and rifles.
- Ensuring our 50-plus horses are well fed. Just like we need to take care of our wildlife rangers, so too do we need to look after their trusty steeds. In total, Rockwood has more than 50 horses and each of them eats 15 to 20 pounds of hay a day. That’s a costly grocery bill.
- Covering horse maintenance costs. Not only do our horses need fresh hay and feed each day, but with the harsh environment they cover daily, they require regular shoeing and vetting for injuries or illness. Included in their upkeep is stable maintenance, tack and training of foals.
Our horses fulfil an integral role in our work to safeguard and conserve the rhinos in our care. Without them, we would not be able to do the job of monitoring our rhinos around the clock.
DONATE $225 OR ANY AMOUNT YOU CAN AFFORD TODAY TO KEEP A RANGER ON HIS HORSE
Keeping our horses fed and well-cared for so our rangers can keep protecting one of the last populations of Southern white rhino in Africa is no small cost. Please help us by donating to keep a ranger on his horse. Every dollar counts.