Intensive Protection Zones

Intensive Protection Zones

 
Millions of dollars have been donated towards the rhino poaching crisis in southern Africa, but unfortunately, whatever methods are now used to combat poaching is clearly flawed. In South Africa repeat offenders continue to slaughter rhinos and law enforcement and the judicial system seems unable to get the situation under control.
The time has clearly come to adapt and use unconventional strategies to physically protect rhinos in smaller Intensive Protection Zones and use Intelligence-Led Policing (ILP) to combat rhino poaching.
 

Rhino poaching has become a sophisticated and specialized crime and one should never underestimate poachers’ ability to strike with deadly force. ILP (Intelligence Led Policing) methods originated because police needed to focus on using informants and surveillance techniques to combat repeat offenders. It was not an important element of policing until the 9/11 attacks in the USA.

For ILP methods to be implemented successfully It is essential to build up extensive networks of informers in known poaching hotspots that are well compensated for providing useful and accurate information that can be used to identify rhino poachers and syndicates before they can get to rhinos. To determine when and where poachers could strike it is essential to place them under constant surveillance to understand patterns of movement.

It is essential to obtain more information on their own extensive network of informers that are well financially compensated to provide information to poachers where to find rhinos and the security situation on farms to be targeted. Only once rhino poachers have this information will they in return decide to target rhinos on reserves and properties that are most vulnerable. It is only when ILP methods are used that successful arrests and prosecutions can be secured.

This approach on its own is by no means a quick fix solution in South Africa in respect of rhino poaching, but it is essential in support of Intensive Protection Zones where reserves rely on high-tech fences and other technology to be pre-warned about possible poaching attempts before rhinos can be killed. Rapid Response K-9 Units professionally trained in intelligence gathering and man-tracking techniques replace traditional anti-poaching rangers and although the projects are in their infancy they are proving to be extremely effective. However, the development and operational costs for setting up Intensive Protection Zones are huge and that is why we have taken on the challenge of raising funds to support the development of the first IPZs’ in South Africa.

Right now, our challenge is to raise $100 000 US that will be used to complete a High-tech perimeter fence as the first line of defense against rhino poaching. The perimeter of one of the first IPZs’ stretches over 32 kilometers of which 12 kilometers have already been completed leaving another 20 kilometers to be done at approximately $5 000 per kilometer.

If you would like more information on this initiative please do email us on info@wildafrica.ngo or if you would like to contribute towards the cost of this high-tech perimeter fence please click below: