Who is uBhejaneX?

uBhejaneX is a non-profit born in 2014 with the mission of raising money to support the conservation of the white and black rhino in South Africa. All funds raised goes directly to interventions that help eliminate rhino poaching and secure the future of the species. The foundational fundraising event of uBhejaneX is the Xtreme MTB Challenge held annually in November – a non-stop endurance ride from Hillcrest to Hluhluwe.

Rhino’s in crisis

South Africa is one of the last countries with a significant population of rhinos in the wild. However, more rhinos are being poached than are being born, resulting in a rapidly declining rhino population, with more than 5 000 rhinos poached in the last five years. This can largely be attributed to the demand, mainly from the Far East, for rhino horn, due to its supposed medicinal and aphrodisiac properties. As a result, there has been an explosion in the illegal trade of rhino horn.

  • One rhino is killed every seven hours by poachers in Africa
  • Shockingly, less than 28,000 wild rhinos survive in the world today
  • 90% of the black rhino population has been lost in the last 40 years
  • Rhino horn is worth $25,000/kg on the black market

How have we helped?

Money raised from donations and sponsors goes towards towards the plight of the rhinos in South Africa.

Sponsors are an important part to this organisation. We are totally reliant on donations and sponsors to fulfil our objectives and run this event.

Since 2014, the uBhejaneX MTB Challenge has raised over R3 million for rhino conservation which has gone towards anti-poaching initiatives such as helping to keep the K9, equine and ZAP wing units operational; training of rangers; community engagement around numerous parks’ borders; and more recently to address acute food insecurity experienced in the face of the shrinking tourism industry under COVID19.

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE RHINO’S

Money raised from donations and sponsors goes towards anti-poaching initiatives, helping to keep the K9, equine and ZAP wing units’ operational, training of rangers, community engagement around numerous parks’ borders through Rhino Art’s conservation education, and more recently, contributing to feeding those affected by the lack of tourism in the areas surrounding the reserves.

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OTHER UBHEJANEX SUPPORTED INITIATIVES

Facilitate training of conservation rangers.

The rhino dehorning process is carried out by an experienced veterinarian and is a painless experience for the animal under sedation.

Working collaboratively with and for the community.

Supplying various enforcement agencies with thermal imaging equipment. Supplying uniforms and other equipment to rangers.

Saving injured or poached rhino’s.

The care and rehabilitation of rhino calves orphaned by poaching.

BE A SPONSOR

Title sponsors are an important part to this organisation. The budget for this organisation to run successfully exceeds R8 million per annum. Receiving no government subsidies means that we are totally reliant on donations and sponsors to fulfill our objectives and run this event.

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