The RhinoProtect Treatment

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The RhinoProtect Treatment

A necessary action

In the past few years there has been an increase in rhino poaching, with South Africa as a prime target for poachers. With hundreds of rhino being poached annually for their horn, which some people believe has medicinal properties, Inverdoorn Game Reserve was compelled to increase security to protect the reserve's rhinos.

In 2011 the reserve stepped up security with 24-hour-patrols on foot and, at times, by vehicle and helicopter - sparing no expense to protect their animals. These measures are prohibitively expensive, but completely necessary. Thus far Inverdoorn's rhinos had been spared, but it became apparent that more needed to be done.

For a long time Inverdoorn's staff and team of professionals had been thinking of ways to prevent their rhinos from being poached. One of the considerations was producing a horn treatment that would make the horn worthless. After many months of research they developed a substance that, if injected into the horn, would not be harmful to the rhino, but would have a three-fold effect in protecting it: the horn would be dyed, unfit for human consumption and almost impossible to smuggle through an airport terminal.

On 2 December 2011 Inverdoorn administered their barium and dye-infused horn treatment to the three rhinos, just a few days after neighbouring game reserves had their rhinos poached and injured. The dye stains only the inner core of the horn so that the beauty and dignity of the animal is preserved. The barium causes it to become more detectable on an airport scanner. The procedure is quick and painless, significantly reducing any stress to the animal, and poses no threat to its health.

While the horn treatment makes the horn, or any by-products created with the horn, unpalatable for human consumption, it is not lethal nor will it have any long-term, harmful effects for humans.

RhinoProtect is primarily concerned with administering this revolutionary treatment to as many rhinos as they can to ensure that more rhinos are protected than poached. While the treatment has proved to be effective so far, it relies heavily on the involvement of the public to spread the word. Inverdoorn hopes that community-driven awareness programmes will get the message out to those who care about protecting our natural heritage, but also to poachers and ultimately the end-user.

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Donation To Inverdoorn / Capecheetah

Save Cheetahs and Rhinos

All donations go directly to Inverdoorn Game Reserve to assist in the conservation work undertaken by the Western Cape Cheetah Conservation and RhinoProtect.

Your contribution goes a long way in assisting the efforts of these initiatives, including the rescue and rehabilitation of cheetahs and increasing security measures for the rhinos, in an effort to deter poaching.



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Donations Sheet

Below is a guideline to how your donation will help:

€5 = A meal for our tame cheetahs
€10 = A meal for our pride of lions
€20 = Feed a baby rhino for a week
€50 = Rhino night patrol for one week

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Close to Cape Town

Just two and a half hours from bustling metropolis of Cape Town, guests will encounter wildlife in all its natural splendour, including the Big 5. This term initially referred to the five most challenging animals to hunt in Africa, but have now become the most sought after animals on a safari.

Day and Overnight Packages

Inverdoorn offers day visits which entail a three-hour safari and lunch back at the safari lodge. Day visits are ideal for those limited on time and budget or even just for those looking for a quick escape from the city. Overnight guests encompass two safaris: one at sunset and one at sunrise the next day. All meals are included and are served at the boma under the stars for a real South African safari experience.

Contact Infos

Inverdoorn Game Reserve

112 LOOP STREET 8001

Tel:  +27 (0)214 220 013
Fax: +27 (0)86 719 7150


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