The Black Rhino Range Expansion Project
Black Rhino and people
Instilling a culture of care and respect
Celiwe Shangase, one of the contracted workers, says: "Before, my husband and I were both unemployed. My little girl could not join her schoolmates in any activities because we had not paid her fees. Now, she is able to join in." They are also being empowered to develop their potential to compete as small private enterprises when the current fencing job is complete.
Partnerships which provide tangible benefits from conservation are essential in current political and economic climates of the developing world. But the project is not just looking at the bottom line. We are also working with educationalists to help instill a culture of care for our beautiful natural heritage and awareness of the importance of biodiversity.