Part I of the Rhino Survival Trust’s unique, win-win solution.
The Rhino Survival Trust’s conservation philosophy is based on two principles:
- The first is the need to conserve the rapidly dwindling wildlife areas and to provide a sanctuary for fauna and flora as part of our heritage, in particular the two African rhino species.
- The second is the belief that the only way a wildlife sanctuary can survive the onslaught of socio-economic pressures is by creating employment, earning foreign currency and promoting sustainable tourism – as a true example of eco-tourism effectively linking tourism with conservation and the community.
Our environmental management system will be a holistic one, where the ecological needs are balanced with the needs of people and their communities, i.e. focusing on the interdependence of tourism, conservation and local communities.
Each member of the Rhino survival Trust team will receive ongoing training in all areas of the business, empowering them, improving their skills, and imparting a thorough understanding that each individual’s performance reflects, and will be dependent on, the performance of other members of the team.
In the rural subsistence areas surrounding The Ark, the ratio of breadwinner to dependant will be approximately 1 to 10. These people will be directly or indirectly dependent for their livelihood on the success of the enterprise. Accordingly, each and every one of the team will carry with them that responsibility and pride.