Who are we?

ABOUT US

SINCE 2017

Making a difference from afar

OUR HISTORY

Launched in York in January 2017, Rhino Revolution UK Ltd. was set up in response to the rhino poaching epidemic in the Greater Kruger Area of South Africa.  By May 2017, we were registered as a legal entity and by May 2018, we had achieved full charitable status. We are run by a varied board of seven volunteer trustees.

We have organised everything from formal balls, merchandise stalls, public talks and university lectures.

Our aim has always been to help to secure rhino for future generations through supporting rescue, rehabilitation and release of orphaned calves, backing anti-poaching initiatives, black rhino breeding, and engaging local communities through a variety of education and support projects.  We also support and help to conserve other endangered animals through raising awareness and education.

Fundraising Burns Night event for rhinos
Fundraising stall for rhinos at a wine festival

In January 2024, the charity rebranded as Rhino Rescue UK.

Although our ethos and central purpose remains the same we are spreading our catchment to offer support for rhinos anywhere in the world and to all endangered species within Africa.

We pride ourselves as a small grass roots charity with zero overheads and passionate and engaged volunteers. Many people now recognise that in a shrinking world we must all connect with conservation from wherever we are. All of our work is transparent and full feedback on projects is always given. We are happy to consider urgent need requests and small projects that can satisfy these criteria.

Talk in a school hall about rhinos
Rhino Rescue team helping in rural school
Rhino trustees talking to schooll children

We have volunteers and supporters across the length and breadth of the UK, including several businesses and universities which we continue to work with to help raise awareness and provide educational projects.

Donations from our fundraising have allowed us to provide almost 2million Rand in support to projects and initiatives in rhino conservation to date.

SOME OF THE WORK WE HAVE FUNDED OR ACCOMPLISHED

Rhino calf in rehabilitation centre receiving treatment
Pangolin at rehabilitation centre after being rescued from poachers
Anti-poaching dog Vulcan with handler during training.
  • Community education by Nourish, Green Kids and Koru Camp
  • Urgent poaching orphan rescues
  • Rhino Revolutions orphanage and quarantine facility
  • Multiple horn trimming procedures
  • Rhino relocations
  • Anti-poaching dog kennels, training and care
  • Anti-poaching initiatives by Pro Track
  • Anti-poaching horse care
  • Anti-poaching equipment
  • Supporting community mentors for conservation
  • Written and produced children’s books to support our work.
  • Created The Crash Club and educational website for children aged 7-14
Rhino having horned trimmed with a chainsaw
Rhino after horn trimming surrounded by the team who helped

TRUSTEES

Rhino Rescue UK currently has seven diverse Trustees, all people who are devoted to the cause of rhino conservation and committed to the development of the charity and its aims. Apart from attending and participating in the yearly meetings and AGM, they are continually working to support Rhino Rescue UK, and are responsible for approving all funding requests, and ensuring our independence in decision making.  All Trustees work pro bono for the Charity.

Coming from a range of backgrounds and experience the Trustees between them combine the required skills to ensure Rhino Rescue UK (RR-UK) continues to develop and meet both their aims and regulatory requirements.

Glyn Abba

Glyn is a Chartered Accountant and works as a part-time Finance Director for several small and medium sized businesses across the Midlands. After visiting South Africa in 2017 he was inspired by the work that Patsy and her colleagues were doing for the charity in South Africa so when the opportunity arose to become involved with the development of Rhino Revolution UK Ltd. he volunteered willingly. Glyn deals with the financial management of Rhino Rescue UK.

Patsy Stagman

Patsy has lived all over the world, but her home in Kruger National Park and her love of wild Africa have remained a steady theme. She is a firm believer in the importance of education and awareness in conservation and that the future of Africas wildlife lies in the hands of all the people on our planet. As Rhino Revolutions International Development Manager, she started RR-UK in January 2017. She is our prime spokesperson and educator on rhino conservation.

Suzan McKeever

Suzan McKeever is Rhino Rescue UKs Treasurer and a long-time supporter of rhino conservation. Suzan found Rhino Revolution in Dubai back in 2014 after a trip to South Africa left her wanting to do something to help the plight of rhino. A former Psychiatric & General School Nurse she soon found a whole new set of skills to help fundraise. Since joining Rhino Rescue UK she has made further trips back to the facility. Seeing the first re-wilded crash of orphaned rhino released and behaving like wild rhino reiterated the importance of the work that we do.

KIMBERLEY O'NEILL

Kimberley has always been a firm advocate for raising awareness of conservation issues and being the voice for the voiceless.  She works with a number of Animal Welfare charities raising awareness for better conditions and laws for our native animals and pets within the UK. Kimberley became involved with Rhino Revolution UK in 2017 and is in charge of merchandise and the online shop.  With an Animal Biology BSc and Masters in Wildlife Biology and Conservation, she is well placed to bring insights and experience into the team.

Stephanie Walsh

Steph is a small animal veterinary surgeon based in the North West of the UK. Steph fell in love with Africa and its wildlife on her first visit ten years ago and has visited the continent at every opportunity since then, both to travel and to volunteer her veterinary services. After a month volunteering at the Rhino Revolution orphanage in Hoedspruit in June 2019, Steph went on to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for Rhino Revolution UK. She is delighted to continue to help the rhinos in her position as trustee for Rhino Rescue UK.

Headshot of rhino rescue UK trustee Imelda Bell holding 2 books she has written for fundraising

IMELDA BELL

Imelda Bell is a photographer, author and creative who was born in South Africa and has a passion for African wildlife and conservation.  Rhino Revolution UK came across a rhino image she had created, and soon Imelda started using her photography, IT, Graphic design and writing skills to help the charity. She has created several childrens books pro bono and all profits go to Rhino Rescue UK.  She is very excited to continue her work with Rhino Rescue UK as a trustee.

Lisa Hamer

Lisa Hamer is Head of Corporate Governance for a leading UK Wealth Management firm and began supporting RRUK following her first trip to South Africa in 2019.  Lisa lives in Scotland and is passionate about animal welfare, she volunteers with a Greyhound rescue and has a rescue lurcher, two cats and four ex racehorses.  The official national animal of Scotland is the Unicorn, and Lisa fondly refers to Rhino as the ‘chubby unicorns’ being the cousins of her own country’s mythical creature and hopes that Rhino do not also become creatures of myths and legends for future generations.  She believes that we can make a difference by supporting initiatives in South Africa helping to bring communities together with their wildlife and, in particular, to see Rhino as something to cherish as a living, breathing asset generating income through international tourism rather than from poaching.

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