Sustainability

Financial Sustainability

Care for Wild has developed over the years into a global trusted Brand through the amazing financial support of its friends and donors. This has allowed the Sanctuary to grow into one of the most successful Rhino Sanctuaries in the world. To continue the growth of the Sanctuary, ensuring that the Rhino populations at Care for Wild are allowed to establish themselves into viable Wild Populations ensuring the survival of the Species, Care for Wild needs to evolve into an Organisation which moves away from a funding model which depends 100% upon donations, gifts and support from its amazing group of friends and Partners to an organisation which produces 80% of its income from multiple diverse income streams. The Sanctuary is situated amongst Communities who have many people looking for employment and ample unused agricultural land available for development. Recently Care for Wild embarked upon an exciting partnership with the communities to develop a commercial Farming Enterprise which will share in the profits. The abundance of rhino dung produced by the rhino while in the Bomas led to the development of a firelighter in partnership with a local entrepreneur, these firelighters are now being sold through the SANParks shops and local supermarkets with a percentage of the revenue donated to Care for Wild.

rhino biolighters

Care for Wild has, through a partnership, developed an online shop which allows for the purchase of various, all in aid funding the organisation. The recent development of branded merchandise available, including clothing and apparel,  locally manufactured jewellery, and bottled water, are all available online. These projects will grow, and add to the diverse income streams which will help to sustain Care for Wild into the future.

Environmental Sustainability

The ecological benefits of rhinos within an ecosystem are significant and have been reported in multiple studies. They act as “ecosystem engineers”, opening grazing lawns for smaller species, helping disperse seeds of various woody species through their dung and providing food sources for dung beetles, egrets and oxpeckers. Wildlife conservation does not only involve animals, we also protect our environment.

Through habitat restoration, areas overgrown with alien invasive plants have been restored to the natural biodiversity of the area, securing additional grazing areas for all animals. We implemented a carefully planned fire management program, which aims to improve grasslands by increasing palatable species, and improving rangeland grazing and browse availability.

We strive to conserve the river health, by monitoring and managing the river. The river is cleared of invasive species, preventing riverbank erosion, and monitoring extraction practices. Due to the significance of a river’s riparian zone which play a critical role in the supply of food and shelter for some organisms in the water system, we  control soil erosion and in some cases have planned re-vegetation projects to ensure the health of this zone for the benefit of all animal species. We harvest rainwater for cleaning and irrigation relieving pressure from the river and boreholes.

CFWRS aims to be self sustaining and as eco friendly as possible. As such, we are 90% solar powered and we make use of harvested rainwater where possible. For days when the sun isn’t shining or when a new ICU arrival requires 24-hour power, a back-up generator is available.

In partnership with Food and Trees for Africa, and Investec, we ran projects for planting and spreading Spekboom plants. This indigenous succulent has been described as an environmental miracle worker. Incredibly efficient at removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, our Spekboom Project offsets our carbon emissions.

All plastic, paper, glass and tin products are sent for recycling. Local schools collect 2L plastic bottles that we utilize for the orphans’ milk. When finished, these bottles are cut and used as growing containers at the vegetable gardens.