The Be Moved Collective hosted the Rhino & Restoration Challenge and photo competition from June – August 2022 to raise funds to support conservation efforts in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. A range of initiatives are being driven to support conservation between the Addo Elephant National Park and the Great Fish Nature Reserve. Protecting the wildlife on the reserves remains an expensive priority and we are pleased to be able to assist to broaden the reach of wildlife protection, especially rhino.

Thanks goes especially to the Tuesday Trails Community in Cape Town and their #pintforapurpose fund that contributed so generously, as well as be Moved’s partners who provded prizes: Amakhala Game Reserve, Warwick Wines, Jack Black, Ultra Trail Cape Town, Ultra Trail Comrades, Skyrun, Maxi Race Winelands and Sani Stagger. Thanks to all who entered the challenge and the role you are playing in conservation.

Funding training in preparation for employment by the reserves of the area.

5 young men have been selected to be trained as rangers to assist with anti-poaching efforts and will be qualified to work on any of the private game reserves in the area. These first 5 Rhino Rangers will receive training in the beggining of 2023, before beginning their paid junior ranger positions. Simamkele and Thulani will be employed on Kariega Game Reserve, Mzamadoda and Siyabonga on Amakhala Game Reserve and Sabatha on Lalibela. 

Thulani says he is interested in conservation and anti-poachng because “I want to be part of those who are fighting for our wildlife animals to protect them. Being a poacher is a crime and it’s driving species to extinction.” Sabatha is trying to build a life for himself, and very grateful for the opportunity to pursue a career in Anti-Poaching. “Opportunities like this don’t just come around…this is the breakthrough I’ve been waiting for and I’ll do my best not to disappoint” 

Lance, Siyabonga, Thulani, Simamkele and Chris from Kariega, met up at the Kariega Foundation, their training base in 2023