The Timbavati is a large tract of natural bush which stretches 40 km from north to south and 24 km from east to west at the widest point. Ensuring that the animal and plant species in such a vast area is protected from the ever-increasing demand for natural products in the eastern countries, is a full-time job, which demands high levels of training, dedication and commitment.
That is why Timbavati employ only strong, well trained and dedicated men and woman who have to pass a stringent selection process. Our rangers put their lives on the line by patrolling and protecting our natural heritage.
Timbavati Private Nature Reserve has in the past year increased the number of rangers involved in this function and will further increase the number in the current year. These men are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and have been very successful in their fight against rhino poachers. With the support of the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere, the TPNR has been provided with an additional 15 new local filed rangers who act as the for front in defense against poaching in our area.
The Timbavati Wildlife Protection Programme’s anti-rhino poaching initiative is focused on effectively detecting and deterring incursions. We thank our continued supporters who make saving our wildlife possible. The TPNR now has a fully functional 24/7 operations control room which monitors and scans the reserve day and night. Technology of CCTV cameras along the perimeter boundaries as well as full vision at our main Enkhulu Gate.
Ever wondered what it is like to be a field ranger? Why not watch this video clip below “Heart of a Ranger”.
An important program is underway at our Timbavati Foundation, the Future Rangers programme in partnership with the Global Conservation Corp. This programme aims to capture the spirit and interest of the local young children and inspire them to have conservation in their hearts. Our Head of Ranger Services Leader – Anton Mzimba shows a deep concern to what happens when the older generation moves on and there is no next generation to take over and keep wildlife safe. The younger generation needs to understand the importance of conserving and protecting their environment.
The GCC has too drawn the connection to the importance of people in conservation, with an upcoming film ‘Rhino Man’, this will show the journey of a field ranger. For the past four years, the TPNR has been an active part in the development of this film, which we are extremely proud of.
Dodging bullets, detouring poachers and avoiding black mambas, it’s all in a day’s work for these canines of the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve.
Currently the Timbavati has five (5) highly skilled & trained dogs; some are German Shepard’s, and some Malinois, a Belgian breed. All the TPNR Canines are trained as human trackers, and their responsibility is to help detect and track down rhino poachers that may enter into the reserve. Each individual has undertaken rigorous, sophisticated training for a full duration of one and a half years. Their handler act as a team to take a stand against rhino poaching, together they have undergone extensive training which included open areas search for suspects, building search for suspects, short on-leash attack on suspect as well as long distance apprehension of a suspect.
Not forgetting the most important training of all, ensuring that they can work as a functioning team. Instilling a bond & creating that lifetime friendship and working relationship is vitally important which at the end of the day they become virtually inseparable.
Playful unless you are a poacher.
Protective aggressive and energy charged.
Workaholic dedicated & excellent ground scent tracker.
Methodical tracker uses both air and ground scent tracking.
Like his brother Mike however, has a more aggressive nature.
To be able to give Akhal and his other canine partners the upkeep, nutrition and training they need to protect our wildlife, it comes with a price. His food alone costs about R20 000.00 a year; fortunately, with the kind support ProVet Wildlife Services, all dog food is donated to keep these working dogs at their best.
If you’d like to sponsor Akhal or any one of his workmates, or just make a general donation towards their upkeep, please be in contact – firstname.lastname@example.org
A big thank you to our faithful donors and sponsors:
Hoedspruit Rotary Club
Global Conservation Corps
Leads to Business
Intrepid Safaris Africa
Rescue One Equipment
Mr Charles de Villiers
Mr Barry Napier
EPCM Bonisana (Pty) Ltd
John Nicholson / CDP Gifts (Pty) Ltd
Our programmes rely on donations such as for our field ranger equipment and training. Should you wish to support this initiative please take note of the banking details below.
Account: FNB (First National Bank)
Account Number: 62613138032
Branch Code: 270652
Branch Name: HOEDSPRUIT
Alternatively, contact us to see how else you could contribute: Krystle Woodward (email@example.com)