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Monday, 18 December 2017

SPAR Group Ltd supports “Boots on the Ground” in Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park



For the 4th year SPAR supported the boots on the ground buy recognising the contribution made by these field staff to the securing of our natural heritage and their continued fight against poaching of all. These staff are the thin green line protecting our parks, they do not often receive recognition for their work but are often criticised when things go wrong.

The Hluhluwe Conservation Manager and Section Rangers responded by thanking SPAR and the Hluhluwe Hilltop Honorary Officer Group who work with SPAR, highlighting that the generous hampers go a long way in uplifting the moral and commitment, especially of the law enforcement personnel who carry on with this onerous task at hand, highlighting that these hampers also improve the families moral with all the goodies that they take home in these tough economic times.







Monday, 31 July 2017

World Rhino Day 2017


Today is world ranger day support those supporting your rangers . You can support the Hilltop Honorary officers by selecting us as one of your MySchool, MyVillage, Myplanet, programmes. Simply swipe when you shop at Woolworths, Engens, Waltons u don't pay more the participating stores donate from your purchase for more information , to add use as a beneficary or to sign up go to -  www.hilltophonoraryofficers.org.za (click donation tab) or sign up online myschool.co.za Thank you in advance.



Monday, 17 July 2017

Please consider applying for this card, to assist the Hluhluwe Hilltop Honorary Officers who.

Did you know it takes less than 67 minutes to get a MySchool card?


Please consider applying for this card, to assist the Hluhluwe Hilltop Honorary Officers who.
• Support the Ezemvelo staff – especially in these difficult times – doing Maintenance and funding Training where no funds or skills exist.
• Conduct anti-poaching Night Patrols supporting the Front line staff.
• Are trying to collect to purchase very expensive Thermal night vision equipment to help pick up Poachers even on very dark nights.

Importantly this costs you nothing, All you do is swipe your card when you purchase at Engen shop, Walton’s or Woolworths and they donate to the cause.

If you already have one you can put three beneficiaries.

Fill in your application today !

Online application -https://www.myschool.co.za/supporter/apply/ or (printable application) http://hilltophonoraryofficers.org.za/Donations/

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Support Hilltop Honorary Officers - myschool / my plant card

Support Hilltop Honorary officers by selecting us as one of your MySchool, MyVillage, Myplanet, programmes. Simply swipe when you shop at Woolworths, Engens, Waltons u don't pay more the participating stores donate from your purchase for more information , to add use as a beneficary or to sign up go to - www.hilltophonoraryofficers.org.za (click donation tab), application forms to please be sent to admin@ hilltophonoraryofficers.org.za. Thank you in advance.

Monday, 19 December 2016

Heavy duty mattresses for Orphan Rhino''s

On the 13th December Bryan Boshoff (representing Hluhluwe Hilltop Honorary Officers) and Craig de Villiers of MJ Beds handed over heavy duty mattresses which were specially manufactured for the orphan rhinos. We thank MJ Beds, Craig and Brain for their contribution and the passion demonstrated, we believe this will truly assist the conservation effort.
Photo : left to right Craig De Villiers (MJ Beds) ; Bryan Boshoff ; Philemon Ndwandwe (Game Capture Assistant) ; JP Van Heerden (Game Capture Officer).


Spar Christmas Hampers 2016

“SPAR good for You" (us).
What a treat the HIP Field Staff and APU of Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park got on the weekend of the 26 Nov 2016. The Hilltop Hluhluwe Honorary Officers Christmas hamper project was a great success this year again thanks to SPAR for sponsoring great hampers filled with staple foods and luxury items. The hampers were distributed to both the Hluhluwe and Imfolozi Field Staff and APU Rangers, our front line defences to say a thank you for their dedication and hard work that is often unseen. 
The hampers were well received with smiles all around. We would like to say thank you to SPAR for the great hampers and their time and effort that was put into making this project a great success. Wow what a hamper it was SPAR really out did themselves this year.



Wednesday, 9 November 2016

HiP Canine Unit - A Rangers best friend

HiP Canine Unit - A Rangers best friend

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Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, in partnership with a number of donors, introduced tracking dogs into the Park in December 2015. Working Dogs are widely recognised as both a strong deterrent to rhino poaching but also a remarkable reactive tool for tracking poachers down.
The project was made possible through generous donations from WESSA Lowveld Region, the International Anti-Poaching Foundation and Duna Adventures, who donated funds towards the acquisition of the Tracking Dogs and the training of the Handlers. Hills Dog Food have committed to sponsoring the Dogs food for the rest of their working lives while Bayer Animal Health have pledged to assist with basic veterinary maintenance needs for 2016. ROGS, the canine equipment specialists, have sponsored leads, harnesses and collars.
The Handlers completed an intensive 3 week training course with their allocated Dogs onsite in iMfolozi Game Reserve. They will continue to receive training throughout the up and coming year, completing a total of 6 weeks of training.
The dogs are deployed in strategic positions within the Park, to be used for both proactive and reactive anti-poaching operations. The donated dogs, a German Shepard, named Gazelle, and a Bloodhound, named Gunner, have been trained to track humans exclusively as their main skill. Gazelle is also trained to assist in the actual apprehension of suspects while Gunner is a ferocious tracker who can track a suspect up to 24 hours after he or she has passed through an area. Completing the team is Levi, a German Short-Haired Pointer, who is owned by one of the Canine Unit Handlers.
Sibonelo Gunner Gazelle Ian Dave Levi
From right to left: APU Officer Sibonelo Zulu with Gunner, Section Ranger Ian Pollard with Gazelle, and Conservation Ecologist Dave Druce with Levi
Patrick Sibeko, iMfolozi Game Reserve Conservation Manager, was very happy to see the Dogs arrival in HiP, “I am personally very excited about the prospects of having this new tool available to us. Field Rangers need all the support they can get and what is better than having man’s best friend at your-side?”
Jabulani Ngubane, HiP Park Manager, was honest in his assessment of the Dogs and their role in rhino poaching, “There is no silver bullet for rhino poaching but working dogs have become synonymous with rhino security, and have been very successful in many conservation areas throughout Africa. Poaching incursions differ from case to case, and you require different tools in different situations. Dogs are now another tool in our toolbox“.
He continued, “I am extremely grateful to all our donors who have made this project possible.  These partners understand the difficulties we face in the field and we truly appreciate their willingness to assist us in combating rhino poaching”
For further information with regards to the project, please contact Ian Pollard on ian.pollard@kznwildlife.com or 031 001 7557

Article from - http://www.kznwildlife.com/news-and-events/1264-hip-canine-unit-a-rangers-best-friend.html