About

Nico Smit


With their tremendous size and distinctive horns, rhinos have captivated many of us since childhood. Tragically, the rhino’s most distinguished feature, their horns, are prized for false medicinal purposes and are traded on the African and Asian black market. In the last decade, nearly 9,000 African rhinos have been killed for this destructive trade, and Asian rhinos have dwindled to near-extinction. Additionally, human development projects are robbing rhinos of their habitats, which are vital to their continued survival. 

But there is still hope for rhinos. The Rhino Recovery Fund (RRF) believes with the right support, most rhino species can turn a corner and recover their populations.

A white rhino.

The Wildlife Conservation Network created the RRF with the goal of protecting rhinos from wildlife crime and restoring their landscapes, improving the health of rhino populations and benefiting local people. 

The projects we support work to stop the loss of rhinos in Africa and Asia, and to protect and increase all current rhino populations. Our work targets the two biggest threats to the world's five species of rhino: the illegal rhino horn trade and rampant habitat loss. To combat the rhino horn trade, we invest in projects aimed at stopping rhino poaching in Africa and ending the trafficking and demand for rhino horn. We also support projects that are restoring habitat so that Africa and Asia's remaining rhinos can recover in intact, functional landscapes.

A black rhino.

The RRF empowers conservationists to develop innovative programs that boost the health of rhino populations, and the projects we support benefit local communities and encourage them to take part in saving the rhinos that share their land.

Our Strategy
The Rhino Recovery Fund has two primary investment strategies:

  1. Rhino Guardians
    We invest in projects designed to protect African rhinos from wildlife crime by stopping rhino poaching and ending the trafficking and demand for rhino horn.
  2. Rhino Landscapes
    We invest in projects that restore intact, functioning habitat to support wild rhinos, including management of protected areas, community involvement, and supporting governments.

In both of these strategies, we look to support projects that take new approaches to rhino conservation that benefit both people and rhinos, and that encourage everyone to embrace rhinos and participate in their recovery.

By funneling significant investments into projects that share our vision, the RRF is supporting conservationists who are working towards creating a safe future for all rhinos. We can save these amazing animals if we act now.

Managed By

  • Wildlife Conservation Network

    The Wildlife Conservation Network’s (WCN) mission is to protect endangered wildlife by supporting conservationists who ensure wildlife and people coexist and thrive. WCN invests in a select network of on-the-ground conservationists, offering the financial resources, tools and services they need to effectively protect wildlife. WCN also creates large-scale Wildlife Funds, investing in projects that can protect a threatened species across its entire habitat. As no one organization or person can save wildlife alone, WCN emphasizes collaboration, connecting conservationists and supporters and creating a community united in a passion for wildlife.