The plight of the African rhinoceros is a serious one. Illegal poaching of rhinos for their horn has resulted in the massacre of thousands over the past few years.
At Jaci’s Lodges we’re taking a stand to help conserve the rhino. We’ve teamed up with a proactive anti-rhino-poaching organisation, www.stoprhinopoaching.com, and have attached prominent stickers to all our game-drive vehicles to draw attention to the poaching problem. We assist the North West Parks and Tourism Board in various anti-poaching activities, from increased foot patrols and guard visibility on the ground to driving awareness campaigns among guests staying at lodges in Madikwe Game Reserve.
Today, rhino horn is one of the most sought-after commodities in the world, worth more than gold. As the price people are willing to pay for rhino horn continues soaring, the poaching trend in Africa is fuelled by greed and ignorance.
What are the reasons for rhino poaching?
- The exorbitant prices people will pay for genuine rhino horn
- Continuing high demand in the East, where many communities believe that rhino horn holds the key to a man’s libido and overall wellness
- Despite being made from keratin (the same substance as our hair, toenails and fingernails), rhino horn is crushed and snorted or eaten by thousands of people who consider it a medicinal remedy
- In Vietnam rhino-horn powder is sold as an alternative cure for cancer
Madikwe Guest Conservation Contribution
- Through the implementation of the mandatory Madikwe Guest Conservation Contribution, every visitor has the opportunity to protect our endangered animals
- All funds go directly to the Madikwe Concessionaires Forum for its anti-poaching initiatives within the Reserve
- All bookings at Jaci’s Lodges automatically incur a Guest Conservation Contribution fee of R150 per person per day, which children 13 years and under charged at R75 per day