Diggers 4 Rhino is an Australian Military Veteran initiative backed by Diggers Rest – ‘A Soldiers Retreat’ and powered by our need to help each other overcome difficulties in life.
To utilize Veterans discipline and military skills in aiding a Black Rhino breeding programme.
To eventually relocate these Rhino to several other secured locations.
To introduce another bloodline in aiding a successful breeding program.
Diggers 4 Rhino is an Australian registered charity (through Diggers Rest @ Quails Ridge Pty Ltd) committed to providing funding and skill to a breeding program for the critically endangered African Black Rhino.
Placing a hand selected few veterans chosen by their skillset and discipline in-situ along with volunteering Veterans being utilised on the ground in a hands-on capacity on a rotational basis.
Every day one hears and can read of how the population of rhino has been decimated on TV and in newspapers and magazines – but nothing hits home more than witnessing this fact first hand. Over the last 4 years Diggers Rest – A Soldiers Retreat has been running 28-day tours into South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe and each year we see fewer and fewer Rhino or, as in the case in 2018, not seeing them at all.
Learning of how the Rhino population in Mana Pools Zimbabwe has been devastated – reduced from 1000 down to just 9 – and finding ourselves in a position to help an existing breeding crash of 7 Black Rhino we could not turn our backs on this wonderful opportunity to give back.
As a philanthropic based and nature aware organisation, Diggers Rest – A Soldiers Retreat has a 4-pronged agenda for Veterans
Incorporating Veterans who have travelled with us over the years and offering other Veterans who are struggling with integrating back into ‘normal’ civilian life and may have contemplated suicide, we are able to use this unique double-edged sword – helping veterans helping rhino – supporting each other’s survival.
Diggers 4 Rhino Breeding Program
BSB: 064 226
Account No. 10101212