Cape Town - On
Friday, June 3, 23-year-old Daniel Fenton, a game ranger from
Ngala Private game reserve in South Africa, completed his 922km walk from
Phinda Private Nature Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal to Botswana’s Ramatlabama Border
Fenton started his long journey on Sunday, May 1. The journey across South Africa included addressing
pupils and businesses about the dire situation our rhinos face and the issue of
Fenton says his campaign
also carriers a message to the South African government to improve its
protection mandate for rhinos. Statistics show that a rhino is killed for its
horn every seven hours in our country.
called his trip “Hope for Horns” and together with his employer, &Beyond (a
luxury safari group) is raising awareness and funding to relocate 100 rhinos to
the safety of Botswana, where poaching is virtually unheard of.
Botswana has an anti-poaching unit supported
by the country’s military, a strict anti-poaching policy and intense government
interest in conservation.
“Rhinos without Borders” is an initiative that
&Beyond founded, in partnership with Great Plains Conservation - the
organisation plan to move rhino as and when the money becomes available.
they will come back to South Africa one day but until we can look after them,
they are better off there,” he says.
Fenton raised more than R100 000 during
his walk, to go towards the next phase of the relocation process.
trek followed the exact route taken by the relocation truck that translocated
six rhino, to undisclosed locations, in Botswana in 2015 and on which the
remaining rhino will be moved over the next few years.
an adventure it’s been! From start to finish, 922km across South Africa was
truly an unforgettable experience. The people that I have met along the way
have been outstanding - putting me up in their homes for the night or simply
stopping along the road to show their support.”
He says the support he received
for his epic journey was unimaginable, from his 4x4 vehicle being fully
kitted-out in camping gear by Frontrunner, to the live tracking device, which
SPOT Africa sponsored him for emergency purposes and so that friends and family
could track his progress.
is not the end, only the beginning,” he said as he reached the border. Fenton
hopes to take part in more fund raising efforts since the cost of moving one
rhino costs R720 000.
Hope for Horns & Our Horn is NOT Medicine