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GKEPF, along with the participating reserves, assists with protection of the largest concentration of rhinos in the world and covers more than 400,000 ha throughout the Greater Kruger Area, South Africa and into Mozambique.



GKEPF collaborates with stakeholders and partners, provides ranger support, air support, training and operational support to poaching activity in the area with the allocation of substantial resources by both the state and private sector. Constant planning, monitoring and action protects global wildlife for future generations. N



Our work impacts communities both locally and further afield. Internationally, our work is impacted by the demands of wildlife trade and traffic. Locally, our work is impacted by the lure of crime in our communities.


"After such protracted devastation in this area, it is a remarkable sign of positivity, progress and hope,” is how GKEPF CEO, Sharon Haussmann, describes the translocation of 120 rhinos into the Greater Kruger by GKEPF and @africanparksnetwork under the Rhino Rewild initiative. In her opinion piece published by @dailymaverick, Sharon shares the story of resilience, dedication and hope that made this tremendous undertaking possible. 🌍🦏 

Read the story by following the link on our bio.

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120 Rhino Translocated to the Greater Kruger. 
We are excited to share that GKEPF and African Parks have just successfully completed the translocation of 120 southern white rhino to GKEPF member reserves. This translocation, which took place over a month, is the second move to occur under African Parks' Rhino Rewild initiative, an ambitious plan to rewild 2,000 southern white rhino into secure protected areas in Africa over the next decade, and marks the first reintroduction of rhino into the Greater Kruger landscape in 50 years! 
This project is the culmination of a collective landscape effort including all the GKEPF member reserves: Timbavati, Balule, Klaserie, Umbabat, Thornybush, Sabi Sand Nature Reserve, Mala Mala, and Sabi Game Reserve, and our open system partners: Kruger National Park and Manyeleti.
The Greater Kruger is ideal habitat for white rhino. In the 1960s and 70s, 350 rhino were translocated into the Kruger from the former Natal province. Today the Greater Kruger open system - 2.5 million hectares of unfenced wilderness - is home to the world’s largest wild rhino population. Moving 120 rhino into private reserves within the Greater Kruger to be rewilded comes at a time when poaching rates within GKEPF member reserves have significantly declined, indicating the effectiveness of the reserves’ anti-poaching measures. The safety of these translocated rhino is at the forefront for everyone involved and the risks have been well-calculated. The rhino are coming in dehorned, individually monitored, and are entering a well-networked protected system. 
Thank you to the donors who made this possible: OAK Foundation, Rhino Recovery Fund, Hancock Family, Max Planck Institute & Contemplate Wild, Land Rover Sandton/SMH Group for their support for this translocation to GKEPF.
To learn more about this move and Rhino Rewild, go to https://rhinorewild.org. @africanparksnetwork 

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Financial Training for GKEPF member reserve staff.
Financial insecurity can increase susceptibility to wildlife crime, either directly or through the sharing of information. Aware of this, GKEPF arranges ongoing financial literacy training for its member reserve staff. Initial financial training took place in September last year and this was followed up with further training in April this year. 
Repeat courses are important to reach more reserve staff and to cement and build on lessons from previous training. 
The feedback from all who attended was positive, and it was particularly encouraging to hear stories of getting out of debt, managing savings, formalising loans, and speaking to managers about financial solutions rather than approaching informal lenders from those who have attended the training before. This shows the building trust, transparency, and integrity between staff – a necessary foundation of wildlife crime mitigation.
Thank you to Zain Kahn, a facilitator for the WageWise financial training programme run by the ASISA Foundation, who spent the week with us conducting the training and who has a wonderful ability to make financial training informative, engaging, and fun.


Connecting regional landscapes! 
On 17 May 2024, GKEPF hosted the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) Landscape Integration Unit at Timbavati HQ for a learning exchange. The Landscape Integration Unit deals with community-based natural resource management, community governance, socio-economic development, conservation area expansion, and conservation agriculture. There was much to be shared, and the discussions emphasised the need to create strong partnerships among stakeholders, including local communities, in the protection of natural resources, and the prevention of illicit activities. It also highlighted the importance of having evidence-based information in decision making and strategy development. 
A big thank you to Timbavati Private Nature Reserve for their involvement in the learning exchange and for the use of their incredible Graeme Naylor Museum, and to the FZS team for an inspiring engagement opportunity during which we all learned so much.

Frankfurt Zoological Society 

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