Conservation Work and Our Partners

We have worked hard and accomplished a lot. Our horses are on patrol with the Rangers at iMfolozi helping to protect the rhino population in the park. Ultimately education is the answer to eliminating the demand for Rhino horn but to do that we need to first make sure there are still rhinos to be saved. Below are a few other things we have been working on and a few groups we have worked with.

Help One Species, You Help Them All.


12Hours is our trusted partner in South Africa.
As our South African NPO partner, 12Hours helps implement and oversee the completion of the projects we fund. Like ProjectThorn, 12Hours also believes that big gains can be made through direct funding for tangible projects.

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K9 Conservation

K9 Conservation trains canines to work in wildlife conservation.

Dogs may be man’s best friend, but they are also the best friend of rhino and pangolin. And they may just be the best weapon we have to prevent poaching.

We will be working with K9 Conservation for our ConservationK9 project in Northern KwaZulu-Natal.

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Amakhosi Safari Lodge

The care and oversight of ConservationK9 dogs will be directed by the APU unit on the Amakhosi Game Reserve. However, they will be utilized by multiple reserves in the Northern KwaZulu-Natal region. We are most appreciative that Amakhosi is willing to take on the responsibility of the canines and will work to help protect the wildlife of the larger region.

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Paul Mills is a South African videographer. He has generously provided access to and use of his media files for ProjectThorn’s Anti-Poaching Fundrasing efforts.

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Lowveld Trails

Lowveld Trails Company, a Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA) accredited training provider, proudly facilitates direct human-nature interaction in wild spaces for personal, social and Wilderness benefits through trail guide training.

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Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife is the organization that oversees the KwaZulu-Natal Nature Conservation areas. Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve is one of the reserves under Ezemvelo’s charge.

iMfolozi Game Reserve is the oldest nature reserve in all of Africa and is the home of the ProjectThorn – Hornucopia Horse Patrol.

Grant Fowlds, Conservationist

We have worked with Grant on 2 of the ProjectThorn’s projects – The one that began it all, RhinoArt and the horse patrol for iMfolozi. Without Grant’s constant persistence and his dedication to navigating the management in the park to repair the stables, train the horses and the rangers, and source all the equipment, we would not have been able to implement the program. We are grateful to Grant for his passion to save wildlife.

Grant wrote Saving the Last Rhino in collaboration with Graham Spence. The is available for purchase in the US. (He dedicates a chapter of the book to the role of horses in conservation and talks about our horse project). Grant is currently working on his second book Rewilding Africa.

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In 2015 (as 3RingCircus before we were ProjectThorn) we raised funds to sponsor the RhinoArt
Project in 8 community schools in South Africa. RhinoArt is a great program and they do incredible work educating school aged children about the importance of the rhino.

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April 2016, we participated at the Mill Valley, Earth Day, Marin Parks and Recreation event sharing information with the public about rhino poaching. We gave the children the opportunity to be creative and share their ideas of how and why we should save rhinos.

In July 2018, Karrie began a guide training program in South Africa to gain a greater understanding of the complexity of life in the bush and the social and ecological stressors that African wildlife face.

Ulovane Environmental Training is located on Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape.

2019 began with Karrie accepting a 2-month volunteer position in Central Kalahari with Cheetah Conservation Botswana.
It was inspiring to work with a successful conservation organization that is having a positive impact on the cheetah population through education, outreach and community involvement.