HR CP & RSS national project raises funds locally and internationally
18 September 2009
The Honorary Rangers Counter Poaching and Ranger Support Services National Project (CP & RSS) chaired by the legendary John Turner of the Johannesburg Region have honed their fundraising skills over the last 15 years to a fine art.
They have developed a well tested fundraising model where they offer two unique products to the discerning public in the Kruger National Park using the park to raise funds in support of the Environmental Crime Investigation unit and equipment for the rangers in the parks.
Since the beginning of 2008 this team has raised over R1 million from the events and cash donations and donated two motor boats, cyber trackers and essential specialised equipment for counter poaching operations and ranger field equipment.
CP & RSS offer the Sunset Serenade Weekend in Letaba Camp where they offer light classical music performed in bush settings aimed at classical music enthusiasts with a love of nature and the famous Mokhohlolo Bush Camp weekends aimed at influential people who care about biodiversity and nature conservation and are happy to contribute financially to this cause.
This year they ran five Mokhohlolo camps (two in April and three in July/August) over three nights each at a private bush camp 300m from the Mokhohlolo Dam between Lower Sabie and Crocodile Bridge in Section Ranger Neels van Wyk’s territory.
Mokhohlolo which means “to cough” in Tsonga in recognition of the ever present local leopard population has water throughout the year even in the middle of winter and so in addition to the resident hippos, it attracts a stream of game from elephant to flocks of birds.
The attractions offered are early morning and afternoon bush walks under the guidance of highly qualified trail rangers and observer status during a game capture exercise conducted by Johan Malan and the Veterinary Wildlife Services game capture team.
Accommodation are in two-man tents with communal ablution facilities, a mess tent and a full bar. Perhaps the most important aspect is the communal camp fire where participants meet for coffee before sunrise and bond in the moonlight over a few drinks until late. The camp fire is the place where the world’s problems are fully debated and regularly solved. Where biodiversity and conservation issues are fully debated and often commitments are made of huge pledges of donations for specific projects in the parks.
The camp and events are run very efficiently by the experienced team of John Turner and Snowy Botha supported by Section Ranger Neels van Wyk and the camp offers excellent African bush cuisine.
The CP&RSS hosted a group of zoo keepers led by Peter Clark, Director of the Adelaide City Zoo and the largest open zoo in the world, the 1 500 hectare Monarto Open Range Zoo, north of Adelaide in South Australia. Visit www.zoossa.com.au
This group of well informed animal lovers stayed in a rugged bush camp in a wilderness setting where they viewed the animals that they look after in their zoos right in their natural habitat. They exchanged technical notes with the game capture team on sedative darts and capture techniques.
A Mokhohlolo camp accommodates 20 guests and the cost this year was R150 000 per camp or R7 500 per person.
For more information about the 2010 Mokhohlolo bush camps contact John Turner @ firstname.lastname@example.org