In 2018 we established the Rhino Monitoring and Protection Unit (RMPU), ably led by Nick Long, and which comprised a small team of Bhejane rhino monitors with selected Parks rangers. This team was highly motivated and very mobile, and their mission was to establish how many rhino existed in the Sinamatella area, their ranges, and to try and ensure their protection.
The team soon established there were more rhino than originally thought, but found they were increasingly involved in anti-poaching, especially in the neighbouring Deka Safari Area, in their efforts to look after the rhino. The team proved adept at the anti-poaching, and soon stopped the illegal charcoal burning on the Park boundary, stopped the fish poaching and were responsible for nearly all the arrest of poachers on 2019.
With the success of the team, combined with the poaching pressures, it was soon apparent that we needed at least another team on the ground, and this second team was formed in late 2020.
A big thanks to Dr Mark Bristow, and Hunters and Guides for funding our RMPU