Help Support RAGES

These boxes or kits will be available for Rotary and Rotaract Clubs and Districts to support. These RISK Boxes will contain equipment that will go to various projects engaged in the protection and survival of rhinos, pygmy elephants and orangutans in areas of South Africa, Borneo and Indonesia that are currently under threat by poaching, loss of habitat and human wildlife conflict. RAGES is looking at sourcing these RISK Boxes in the area of most need so as to keep the economic benefits in that country. These RISK Boxes will start at $500 for the entry level. There are three other levels that will be available.

We appreciate any help or support you can provide towards our efforts to helping endangered species by supporting our projects in partnership with the Chipembere Rhino Foundation in South Africa, the Pygmy Elephant Project in Borneo and the United Kingdom Orangutan Appeal for Borneo, all of which can be found on our Projects Page.

Anneka Svenskas Speech

Here is Anneka Svenskas speech in London on the 30th April.


RAGES Anneka

Anneka Svenska is a naturalist, broadcaster and film maker. Anneka founded ‘Green World Television‘ in 2014 in order to intertwine her film making abilities with her animal conservation work, her passion being to help animal charities who struggle with film making and to be one of the fore runners in reporting on wildlife crime. She now produces strong films & campaigns, some created to give animal and environmental charities a much needed voice in the world of television.

Anneka has filmed in South Africa alongside the incredible Black Mamba anti-poaching unit, worked one on one with wild wolves, filmed for The Badger Trust, Born Free, LionAid, The Dog’s Trust, The Mayhew Animal Home, Wetnose Animal Aid, Helping Rhinos, VegfestUK and Wildlife Trusts. She has also rescued over 300 dogs from the meat industry in Thailand and from Cyprus and Romania.  As well as being a conservationist, Anneka is a staunch vegan and believes that the future sustainability of the planet lies in compassion to animals and all living beings.

Three rhinos shot at Sibuya Game Reserve near Kenton-on-Sea

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We are devastated at the news that 3 rhino have been poached this morning at our neighbour Sibuya Game Reserve. We are on high alert and supporting the police investigation. Read more:


Last year we were overjoyed to welcome Binky to the world, the Reserve and our hearts. Today is a dark day @Sibuya as ruthless poachers invaded last night brutally killing Binky’s mother and the mother of an another three month old calf. A third Rhino was targeted but has been resuscitated by the Vet. He’s badly injured but has been treated and we are hoping for the best. As both babies are suckling they still need to be fed, so have been successfully darted and are on their way to a baby Rhino orphanage where we hope they will survive. All at Sibuya are devastated and heart broken.

We thank you for your support and messages.

We met these same rhinos last May William Fowlds works with them next door is Kariega where Thandi and Thembi live. I am devastated and do not want to show these pics. We need action not words and I am beyond angry.

Gentle creatures and here is one we met there and I pray she is OK.

Our Friend

Australia First Country to Place Immediate Ban on Lion Trophies

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Australian environment minister Greg Hunt made a bold and important move for the welfare of lions by signing an order banning any import or export of any trophy body part of a lion.

Hunting of lions for sport, show, and profit has become a major problem for wild lion populations over the past 25 years especially.  A practice known as “canned hunting” has become unfortunately widespread in which lions are intentionally bred in captivity only to be more or less handed over to international hunters for sport.  Often times in these circumstances the lions are drugged or baited, further adding to the gruesome inhumanity of it.

Due to a multitude of factors, the lion population has fallen to 40,000, 50% less than it was 25 years ago, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare.  There are many factors contributing to this such as habitat loss, human conflict, and skewing of the genetic balance within lion communities by removing large male lions for illegal hunting purposes.


Sir Peter Blake Says NO!

Sir Peter Blake

What an honour to have Sir Peter Blake open up our new Say No poster in celebration of Dr. Jane Goodall’s 25th anniversary of Roots & Shoots.

Sir Peter Thomas Blake, CBE, RDI, RA is an English pop artist, best known for co-creating the sleeve design for the Beatles’ album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
During the late 1950s, Blake became one of the best known British pop artists. His paintings from this time included imagery from advertisements, music hall entertainment, and wrestlers, often including collaged elements. Blake was included in group exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and had his first solo exhibition in 1960.

In the ‘Young Contemporaries’ exhibition of 1961 in which he exhibited alongside David Hockney and R.B. Kitaj, he was first identified with the emerging British Pop Art movement. Blake won the (1961) John Moores junior award for Self Portrait with Badges. He came to wider public attention when, along with Pauline Boty, Derek Boshier and Peter Phillips, he featured in Ken Russell’s Monitor film on pop art, Pop Goes the Easel, broadcast on BBC television in 1962. From 1963 Blake was represented by Robert Fraser placing him at the centre of swinging London and brought him into contact with leading figures of popular culture.

It’s so amazing to have Sir Peter Blake join the Say No campaign for the protection of endangered species.

What a lovely man.

Elephant Family Pay their Respects.

In this touching scene from BBC One's #LifeStory, elephants delicately stroke the bones of an ancestor. We cannot know what they are thinking, but perhaps, like humans, they have a sense of a shared history?

Posted by BBC One on Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Happy New Year

NYE Elephant image by Christine Ellger

All the very best to you all for 2016 let us make it a significant year for our fellow creatures who have no voice of their own. Image by Christine Ellger.

I am now home and I will do my best to keep you up to date with RAGES. We have much to do in 2016 and we appreciate any items of interest and especially what you may want to become involved with in 2016.

We are looking at putting together a project for the orangutans through Leif Cocks from Western Australia.

Here is a painting done by Paula Wiegmink Nee Fick, also from WA. Paula Wiegmink Nee Fick painted Tears of the Rhino which is our logo.

Mother & Child

John and Ange Lemon Say No!

John & Ange Lemon Painted Dogs

John and Ange Lemon Say No!

· John and Ange Lemon are an Australian couple working to save the endangered Painted Dogs of Africa. They are also known as African Wild Dogs/Cape Hunting Dogs; however the use of Painted Dogs is more widespread as the former names infer that they are domestic dogs gone wild-whereas in fact they are not related to dogs at all! They have been a separate genus for over 10 million years, and cannot interbreed with any other species on earth-so when the remaining 5000 are gone, they are gone forever.

· John has been in Zoo industry for over 25 years where his passion grew for the PD, and Ange is also a Zoologist with a passion for Africa and her wildlife. In fact they met at the Australasian Primate Society Conference in 1992!

· Their first trip to Zimbabwe to work with Painted Dog Conservation in 2000 was a life changing experience; after subsequent field trips, John resigned from his well-paying job to move to Zimbabwe for two years, for no pay, to build the biggest rehabilitation centre for the Painted Dogs.

· In 2003 they set up their non-profit organisation “Painted Dog Conservation Inc” in Australia (John is Chairman and Ange is Vice-Chairman) initially they were supporting the work of the Zimbabwean project; however this quickly grew and now encompasses a second project in Zimbabwe, Namibia and Zambia, and also work with other carnivores and local communities. John is now also Chairman of the Zambian Carnivore Programme. Their organisation is also endorsed by Sir Richard Branson through Virgin Unite.

· Through their fundraising events and projects, they have raised almost $1 Million Australian dollars in the last 12 years-just in their spare time! The funds raised have provided field vehicles –cars and motorbikes, radio collars, anti-poaching teams, flight time to locate packs, employment of education officers, development of education materials and programs, enabling of local domestic dog vaccination programs, provision of veterinary supplies and vehicle spares…….and the list goes on.

· They recently partnered with Kevin Richardson in the fight against Canned Hunting, and hosted him in Australia in June 2015 to over 600 people at three events in one week-raising over $100,000 for their field projects and Kevin’s campaign.

For more information on the amazing work The Painted Dog Conservation is doing please visit: