PBO number: PB0930041809    |    CIPC registration : 2012/180583/08

Using the Rhino DNA Index System project, we want to DNA profile every individual rhino in South Africa. This will provide a powerful disincentive to poachers as every horn can be traced back to its source. This technology has already been used to put poachers behind bars and we want to extend this protection to all South African rhinos and, hopefully, beyond South Africa’s borders.

Rhino Poaching incidents rose by 440% between 2008 and 2014. Poachers killed a record 1004 rhino across the country in 2013, the equivalent of nearly 3 animals a day. The world famous Kruger National Park continues to be the hardest hit, with 606 rhino deaths last year alone. In 2013 & 2014, the Castle Lager Boucher Legacy has successfully raised over R5 Million to purchase a state of the art DNA analysis machine for the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory in Onderstepoort,helped with the backlog of DNA samples, helped with the tagging of over 100 Rhino and profiled the plight of our Rhino in South Africa. The machine is now processing 24 rhino DNA samples per day, up from only 8 samples a day previously.

South Africa is fast approaching the tipping point where the number of rhino poached exceeds the number of new births. Here some key numbers about rhino poaching and the fight against it.

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Rhino Poaching incidents rose by 440% between 2008 and 2014. Poachers killed a record 1004 rhino across the country in 2013, the equivalent of nearly 3 animals a day. The world famous Kruger National Park continues to be the hardest hit, with 606 rhino deaths last year alone. In 2013 & 2014, the Castle Lager Boucher Legacy has successfully raised over R5 Million to purchase a state of the art DNA analysis machine for the Veterinary Genetics Laboratory in Onderstepoort,helped with the backlog of DNA samples, helped with the tagging of over 100 Rhino and profiled the plight of our Rhino in South Africa. The machine is now processing 24 rhino DNA samples per day, up from only 8 samples a day previously.
Rhinos Poached vs
Poachers Arrested