HOEDSPRUIT- Protrack Rhino Task Team are a set team of Anti Poachers trained by Protrack to prevent Rhino poaching within our community, they try and prevent the poachers before they poach and they have had successful results by placing road blocks in high risk areas across Limpopo, general patrols, visual patrol, observation posts, data gathering on rhino movements, following up on any infiltration's, spoor, any information regarding to rhino poaching, investigating crimes scenes and carrying out autopsies on poaching Incidents. Every cent raised for the Protrack Rhino Task Team goes to the running costs of the task team.
On the 2nd of July 2016 Rhino Warrior Challenge hosted their second events of a crazy and fun way to raise money for the rhinos. The Rhino Warrior Challenge was in aid of Protrack Rhino Task Team, the armed anti-poaching team that are protecting our community from poaching and run off donation alone and this year they have made 25 arrests. The event was held at the Protrack camp with food and bar for everyone and all prizes were sponsored by various companies around Hoedspruit.
The RWC event consisted of obstacles, mud, paintball and cold water. The team the participated this year on the event are African Dream, Jokers, Vigilantes, K2C Warrior, Bear Foot, Mawd, Die Kinderlose Klub, Zulu Warrior, Team Awesome, Freedom Fighters, Transfrontier Africa, T.E.A.M, Excellence game farm, Team Kitty, Brave Warriors, Transfrontier Africa 2 and Protrack Team 1 which were disqualified.
Rhinos are critically endangered At the turn of the 19th century, there were approximately one million rhinos. In 1970, there were around 70,000. Today, there are only around 28,000 rhinos surviving in the wild. Three of the five species of rhino are “Critically Endangered” as defined by the IUCN (World Conservation Union). A taxon is classified as critically endangered when the best available evidence indicates that it meets any of a range of pre-determined criteria. It is therefore considered to be facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild. The Southern subspecies of the white rhino is classified by the IUCN in the lesser category of being “Near Threatened”; and the Greater one-horned rhino is classified as "Vulnerable"; even this is considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild. In 2014, some of us are lucky enough to be able to travel to Africa and Asia to see them in the wild. In 2024, when our children have grown up, will they still be able to see wild rhinos?