“Hikvision came on board and provided some of these high-end network cameras to Kariega Game Reserve. And these network cameras are really, really helpful in protecting our wildlife. Of course, it is helpful for our Anti-Poaching Unit. That means we have boots on the ground, eyes on the ground, on a daily, hourly basis, 24/7. For our people on the ground, knowing that there are cameras on crucial points of the reserve will help them to focus more on their actual job – looking after the rhinos, for the rhinos,” said Daniel Haesslich, Anti-Poaching Manager of the Reserve.
Johnny Ge, Project Director of Hikvision South Africa, said, “As we all know, Rhinos are an integral part of the South African ecosystem and they are in crisis because of ruthless poaching. The Hikvision team is so proud that we can do something to help stop the slaughtering of the rhinos with leading video technology. Looking ahead, we will continue to work closely with local partners to protect the rhinos. And hopefully in the near future, they will no longer be critically endangered.”
With the use of video technology along the outside perimeters of the reserve, the safety zone for the rhinos has been increased. More than that, it also provides safer working conditions for the rangers on the ground who are the last layer of protection for the rhinos and stand directly in the line of fire between the rhino and the poacher.
More efforts needed for a sustainable future
From 2009 to 2019, there have been 8,288 rhinos deaths recorded due to poaching in South Africa alone. The killing has slowed slightly but at least one rhino continues to be brutally killed by poachers every day.