African Rhino Conservation Collaboration
There is an urgent need for the current widespread and diverse efforts to conserve the ecosystems and the wildlife of Africa to align vision and strategy and to coordinate efforts to achieve our common purpose.
The African Rhino Conservation Collaborative aims to bring about the intensity and strength of endeavour that such an alignment and coordination of purpose and effort could bring to solving the conservation and rural development issues facing Africa. It is doing so by creating a framework within which collaboration and cooperation can lead to more cohesive and effective action.
Located in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, the ARCC Project is establishing a facility from which to develop an holistic conservation programme that brings together protection, awareness, wildlife management, community participation and law enforcement in a coordinated collaboration of individuals, rural communities, organisations and government to ensure the future of rhino and other wildlife in the wild.
In 1800 there were probably hundreds of thousands of white and black rhino in Africa. Today the western black rhino is extinct and the northern white rhino is represented by three individuals. Less than 5 000 black rhino and 20 000 southern white rhino remain. In 2015 over 1 100 African rhino lost to poaching. The indications are that the wild populations of both black and white rhino may have passed the “tipping point” and are now in decline. Deaths surpass births.
The ARCC project believes that it is possible within the Eastern Cape region to reverse that trend. By providing a vehicle to bring all the stakeholders - state, private and community - involved in the conservation of wildlife, and specifically the rhino, together in a collaborative effort to implement a common strategy, the ARCC can make a substantial contribution to the future of wild rhino and to the conservation of the habitats they, and all other wildlife species, require.