How can I contribute beyond making a financial donation?
This project has always been about spreading awareness about the plight of the wild rhino. Please share this project on social media.
If you know of people who work in journalism, the horse industry, tourism, wildlife conservation, the arts etc. please make them aware of this project.
Long-term, we would like to establish a non-profit organization to continue Rhino conservation efforts. If you have experience with start-up non-profit organizations we would greatly appreciate your assistance.
Contact me with ideas of how you would like to help.
How will donations be used?
Your contributions to this campaign will be used directly for the purchase of the horses, their needs for a year (or 3 if we reach the 30,000$ goal), necessary repairs to the existing stables, training for new rangers, community outreach and the documentation, fiscal sponsorship fees. Check out the budget.
Why was this particular project chosen?
There are a number of answers to this question. What it boils down to is that we saw a way that we could help make a significant change in the protection of the rhino and the safety of the rangers.
It is a goal within reach. The amount isn’t so large that it is unachievable, yet it is still a stretch to reach.
Also, The project has a very specific concrete goal that is quantifiable and verifiable. All contributions will be used directly in the protection of rhinos and rangers through the use of horses, for project documentation, educational awareness efforts and the resulting artworks.
Horses are proven effective in anti-poaching efforts. Simply said the rhinos and the rangers that protect them need our support.
Can we really accomplish our goals with $15,000?
Yes — 30,000$ would be better.
Due to the strength of the dollar, your money goes a very long way in South Africa at the moment. Friends with horses here in the states pay more than 15k to stable, feed and care for one horse each year. I know that it does not seem feasible that we could purchase 5 wildlife trained horse, support them, care for them and still have money left over to make art with. We assure you it can be done and will be done if we reach the fundraising goals set forth in this campaign.
A question for Karrie - How is this project art?
Karrie responding here – I believe it is not only the roll of the artist to reflect their time, but also effect their time. All of my work addresses issues related to the environment, conservation and preservation. This is just an extension of my already existing art practice.
To view my work visit www.karriehovey.com
What does Hornucopia mean?
Hornucopia is a play on words that combines Horn and Cornucopia. We are optimists and believe that with education the demand for rhino horn can be curbed – Decrease the consumers, decrease the demand. Soon people will conclude that a healthy, safe crash of rhinos with their horns intact can provide more for the community as a whole then the one-time payout a poacher receives from aiding the syndicates. Additionally, increased risk and greater consequences for poaching are becoming more effective deterrents. Thus the name, Hornucopia: Horn of Plenty.
One day we hope everyone realizes that only the rhino needs it’s horn.
How do horses help rhinos?
The horses allow the rangers to patrol areas of the park that are difficult to reach any other way. The park is over 160,000 acres. It is enormous and many areas are not accessible by vehicle. 40% of the poaching incidences occurred in the area the horses will be actively patrolling. Currently the only way to reach many of these areas is on foot. A horse allows the rangers to cover 5 times the area in the same period of time. The horses also mask the scent of humans and camouflage footprints.
Additionally, horses allow for rapid response to poaching sites. When used in conjunction with trained dogs to track poachers, the speed of response greatly improve the likelihood of apprehension.
The horses will also be used to inspect the fence line for breaches, and to conduct research and ecological monitoring.
How will the work produced as part of the project be made available?
We will be documenting the entire progress of this project as it unfolds. From the fundraising efforts here in the US, to working with the non-profit 12Hours in South Africa, to our return trip to the park to buy the horses, you will be able to follow the project as it rolls out. All of the events will be chronicled on the Project Thorn website.
While in Africa, we will be conducting community outreach to establish a relationship with a local artisans to create a line of items to sell in the park’s craft market and on this site. The proceeds from the sales will be used to support the artisans and to continually support the horses.
The final component will be the art Karrie produces. It will be on www.projectthorn.com/hornucopia and on www.karriehovey.com. Once the work is complete she will be seeking a venue to exhibit the work.
How will the projects be funded in subsequent years?
With this campaign we hope to raise the funds necessary to support the program for 3 years. After which, we will work to find 1 long-term sponsor willing to contribute $5000/year (or 5, $1,000 donors) to fund the entire program in future years.
Additionally, we hope the local artisan program will raise a portion of the funds for the horses while contributing to the region’s local economy.
We intend to establish a line of Project Thorn products to help support the program.
If you are interested in becoming a continual donor, please contact us.
Why are funds not directly donated to the wildlife reserve?
Cash donations would be pooled into a general operational fund. Those funds would then be allocated however and wherever the central government wanted them to go. To ensure the funds actually are used as intended, a direct donation of a horse and of a saddle and of food, etc. must be coordinated. To accomplish this we will be working with both the rangers at KZN Wildlife (iMfolozi) and with the organization 12 Hours. We have an existing relationship with 12 Hours from a previous fundraising effort for RhinoArt. We have been to the park and we have met the rangers who will be working with the horses.
Does this help the local communities?
First just keeping the rhino alive helps the local community.
The region relies on tourism for income directly and indirectly. This particular park is known for their rhino. The tourists that visit the park are typically doing so specifically because this park is attributed for bring the white rhino back from the brink of extinction. The park employs many people from the local community in a variety of capacities from working in the bush, and maintaining the property, to working in guest relations and park concessions. The park is a large employer in the region.
As part of the proposed project, Karrie will be working with RhinoArt participating in school programs conducted during the time she is in South Africa. Karrie will also be conducting outreach to the artisan community to produce a line of products to be sold in the park’s Craft Market. The profits will be split between the artisan and the horse program.