Investec Rhino Lifeline

Time is running out for the African Rhino. So in 2012, we established Investec Rhino Lifeline, aiming to ensure future generations are not robbed of the breathtaking experience of seeing a rhino in the wild. Today, as our world faces a global health pandemic, an economic fallout and a looming climate crisis, we are extending our conservation activities beyond rhino, to other critically endangered species, including pangolin and wild dog. We do this through rescue, awareness, community upliftment and by disrupting illegal wildlife trafficking.

white rhino on grasslands
white rhino on grasslands

More than just rhino

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Working towards a cleaner, more resilient and inclusive world

Eight years ago, when rhinos were being decimated, Investec acted to help save this magnificent species before it was too late.

Since then, we have supported the rescue and rehabilitation of dozens of rhino orphans, raised awareness with millions of people internationally, reached thousands of children in South Africa with conservation learning, and provided conservation learnerships to hundreds of youths through the Youth Employment Service (YES). 

We believe that investing in biodiversity and inclusive conservation is vital to sustaining our rich wildlife and will lead to a better future for us all. 

Lappet-faced vulture head and shoulders
Vultures are vital to our ecosystems and we must protect the alarming population decline

Investec Rhino Lifeline recognises the critical role that vultures and other birds of prey play in our ecosystems. That's why we're proud to partner with the Hawk Conservancy Trust (HCT) and the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) to help preserve these critically endangered and highly threatened species. 

If action is not taken now 11 of the 16 vulture species globally are at risk of extinction. As a result we have joined forces with HCT and EWT to support a critical vulture poison response training project in the Kruger National Park and throughout Southern Africa in an effort to prevent further population decline.

In the UK, through our partnership with HCT, we are supporting the rehabilitation of birds of prey and their release back into the wild, as well as a conservation education project to protect these apex predators.

Our partners in Education

Pivotal in the fight to save rhino, our conservation education partners educate children in local communities, increasing awareness on the importance of caring for wildlife and the critical contribution that tourism and conservation present for employment and career opportunities. We have worked closely with Coaching Conservation since 2013 and Good Work Foundation since 2016, in that time reaching 29,000 children.

Our partners in Rhino Rescue

The rescue of rhino calves and poaching survivors is essential to the ultimate survival of the species and provides an important awareness platform and fundraising vehicle, and our rescue partners do vital and pioneering work in communities. We have supported both Care for Wild and the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) since 2017, in that time seeing the rescue of over 90 rhino and release of 37 back into the wild.

Our partners in Pangolin Rescue

With illegal wildlife trade plundering pangolin populations, we are thrilled to extend a lifeline to these shy noturnal creatures so sought after for their scales. Johannesburg Wildlife Vets (JWVH) are creating a dedicated veterinary ward just for the treatment of pangolin rescued from trafficking.  Since 2017, JWVH have treated over 138 pangolin, successfully releasing 80% We are delighted  to fund their new vet ward, and look forward to supporting pangolin rescue. 

Investec Rhino Lifeline educates kids to care about themselves and their environmental inheritance. 
Investec Rhino Lifeline educates kids to care about themselves and their environmental inheritance. 
Investec Rhino Lifeline supports the care and rehabilitation of rhinos orphaned through poaching.
Investec Rhino Lifeline supports the care and rehabilitation of rhinos orphaned through poaching.

Investec Rhino Lifeline is extending support to the care and rehabilitation of pangolin rescued from IWT.

EWT Wild Dogs with collars
Fighting for the future of the African Wild Dog

Investec has supported wild dog through EWT's Carnivore Conservation programme since 2013, from the Investec Pack to community education. 

We are delighted that we can extend our rescue programme to support the monitoring, oversight and emergency treatment of two packs of wild dog through EWT this year. 

One of the most endangered species, wild dog are vulnerable to human-wildlife conflict and tend to get caught in snares set to protect livestock or poisoned by scavenging on carcasses designed to distract law enforcement and other predators from poaching sites. 

Wind turbines with birds in field
Renewable energy: reducing the impact on birds and their habitat

Investec's power and infrastructure finance team has supported BirdLife South Africa since 2012. Our aim is to understand and minimise the negative impact that renewable energy can have on birds and their habitat. Renewable energy, both wind and solar, is an essential and necessary part of our response to climate change, but it can have unintended negative impact. With appropriate planning and assessment, and ensuring our projects and clients adhere to international best practice, any negative repercussions can be minimised. 

The impact of Investec Rhino Lifeline since 2012

R27,3m spent on awareness, partners and projects

29,000 children learned about conservation

R18,8m donated including 3rd party funds raised

85 rhino rescued, and 35 released back into the wild

R27,3m spent on awareness, partners and projects

We recognise the important role #RhinoLifeline plays in both community support and, more recently, in combatting illegal wildlife trade. Beyond project support, raising awareness is critical to maintain the cause in the public domain and facilitate donations. 

29,000 children learned about conservation

"The Coaching Conservation programme blends digital learning with life skills and soccer coaching to encourage young people to think about their relationship with themselves, their peers and their environment." Ryan James, Good Work Foundation

R18,8m donated including 3rd party funds raised

We are deeply grateful to Investec, our staff, our clients and the public, for their generosity and support of Investec Rhino Lifeline and our partners. 

85 rhino rescued, and 35 released back into the wild

Every rhino counts. When rhino mothers are poached, young calves are left orphaned, injured, and at risk from predator attack. We support rhino rescue by partnering with experts who can rehabilitate and eventually release them into well-protected areas of the wild. "You do not give up on them, ever." Petronel Niewoudt, Care for Wild.


Donate now

All donations are for injured or orphaned rhino and go directly to the cause you feel passionate about. Select the cause on the left to view the relevant donation information.

Pangolin with Johannesburg Wildlife Vets

Donate to rescued pangolin

Investec Rhino Lifeline supports Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital's first dedicated pangolin ward.

To support their pangolin rescue and rehabilitation:

EFT:  Johannesburg Wildlife NPC, First National Bank, Acc 62658 400 264, Sort code 255355, Ref INVESTEC PANGOLIN

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Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary

Donate to Care for Wild Rhino

EFT option: Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary, Standard Bank, Acc 131 989 847, Sort code 05-10-01

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Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC)

Donate to rescued rhino at HESC

EFT option: Wildlife Conservation Trust, Investec, Acc 50011491897, Sort code 58-01-05

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Investec Rewards (clients)

Donate using your Investec Rewards points

Our South African Investec clients may donate Rewards points.

The link will take you to your Investec online login page. After logging in, you may select Rewards, Charities, and then Investec Rhino Lifeline. Points are converted to cash and donated to our rescue partners for rhino in their care. Thank you for supporting us.

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Browse highlights from eight years of giving rhinos a lifeline

Sept 2020: Conservation in a time of crisis

Unless conservation rethinks its funding model it could be under threat.

Inclusive growth that benefits people and animals is the future.

In order to survive post-Covid-19, the conservation industry needs to urgently diversify its income, away from tourism and donors towards a sustainable, diversified, and inclusive model. Co-founders of the largest rhino sanctuary in the world explain their successful business model that puts people at the centre. 

endangered rhino monitoring

Aug 2020: Further pandemics predicted from IWT

Further pandemics predicted if illegal wildlife trade continues

Calls grow for the eradication of illegal wildlife trafficking, as scientists point to links to the Covid-19 global pandemic

Aug 2020: Rhino Lifeline's reponse to Covid-19

When the Covid-19 lockdown was announced, we responded straight away.

Investec Rhino Lifeline donated R200,000 each to our rescue partners Care for Wild and HESC, for food and healthcare support to their neighbouring communities.

We were also able to support GWF in producing educational videos in 7 languages for cellphone distribution and provide all our partners with masks to keep their staff safe.

Food parcels being prpared

July 2020: Protecting our wildlife economy

By protecting biodiversity, educating our youth and creating job opportunities, tourism will continue to drive the SA economy.

Feb 2020: Combatting illegal wildlife trade

Combatting illegal wildlife trade: banks take up the challenge

Valued at around $23 billion, illegal wildlife trade (IWT) is the fourth most profitable criminal trafficking enterprise worldwide.

In a first-of-its-kind meeting in SA, the financial sector, government and law enforcement met to discuss ways to combat the financial crime associated with IWT, hosted by Investec and United for Wildlife. 

pangolin skin and other illegal wildlife trade items

Sept 2019: Community Trail Run

Going the Extra Mile for communities

#RhinoLifeline had an amazing opportunity to sponsor a "community trail run with heart”. The Extra Mile took runners on a 10 km or 21 km run through the Bushbuckridge community bordering Sabi Sands and greater Kruger National Park. 

Not only did runners from the community participate, but Investec staff, as well as #RhinoLifeline partners, joined in the fun, raising awareness and R240,000 for critical water, education, and conservation projects for the community. 


Going the extra mile run

June 2019: Rhino Release

Back to the wild: two rhino orphans’ journey from poaching to freedom

In June 2019, #RhinoLifeline was privileged to witness the moment that two orphaned rhino, Gertjie and Matimba, stepped back into the wilderness. 

The two rhino, rescued by our partner HESC in 2014, were cared for and released five years later. 

Rhino release

April 2019: Hockey for rhino

A powerful partnership: St Mary's Waverley and Investec team up for rhino

In six years, St Mary's Waverley and #RhinoLifeline have donated more than R800,000 towards rhino conservation, with 2019 being the biggest effort yet, raising more than R360,000 for the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre!

Feb 2019: Nicholas Pinnock shouts out for rhino

International actor Nicholas Pinnock, gets up close to rhino crisis

International actor Nicholas Pinnock, who features in Investec’s brand campaign, visited our partners and the communities dedicated to saving the rhino. 

"We need international voices to reach new audiences, and expose the depth of this humanitarian issue." Tanya dos Santos, Investec Rhino Lifeline

Feb 2019: Rhinos need our help

Nicholas Pinnock says rhinos are our responsibility

"It's really easy for us to sit at home watching tv and see adverts for conservation and say, 'Oh, we should do something.'  This is everybody's responsibility. There is so much more we need to do and that we can do." Nicholas Pinnock.

Sept 2019: Christa Cullen MBE, talks rhino and economics

Former GB hockey star Christa Cullen MBE teams up with #RhinoLifeline to discuss the wildlife economy

On world rhino day, our London office hosted Investec’s global head of sustainability, Tanya dos Santos, with Petronel Nieuwoudt, founder and director of #RhinoLifeline partner Care for Wild ((pictured, at left), and passionate conservationist and former GB hockey star, Christa Cullen (pictured, at right) to discuss the rhino crisis and how the wildlife economy can help alleviate it. 

Christa Cullen

June 2017: Rhino horn has no magical function

Famous Chinese collector and celebrity, Mr Ma Weidu, tells millions not to consume rhino horn

In an exciting and successful demand reduction campaign, we partnered with WildAid, HESC, and Cathay Pacific to bring eminent Chinese antique collector and influencer to South Africa to experience the wonder of the South African bush, see a rhino in the wild and learn more about the crisis. With his own online talk show and private museums, Mr Ma Weidu has a following of 63 million online viewers. With Mr Ma’s influence and extensive following, and the combined reach of WildAid and Investec, we reached millions of people with the message: “When the buying stops, the killing can too.” 

"It's going to take a long time to change centuries of deeply held beliefs and entrenched Chinese culture. But we are committed to telling people in China that rhino horn does not have any magical functions." Mr Ma Weidu, WildAid ambassador.

Sept 2017: Lessing's passion for rhino

Investec employee, Lessing Msimanga, travels from the streets of London to Care for Wild

Investec’s Lessing Msimanga embarked on a journey from the London Marathon to Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary, to raise R30,000 for rhino, an animal he had never seen. The passion and dedication of our staff continue to drive and inspire Investec Rhino Lifeline. 

"It was my first time to see a rhino. I cannot even describe the feeling. Coming to Care for Wild is an honour, is a gift out of this world. I understand my cause now." Lessing Msimanga. Investec.

Jan 2016: Broad and Finn bat for a new cause

Top England cricketers and one-time Investec cricket ambassadors lend their voices to the cause

Top England bowlers and Investec cricket ambassadors Stuart Broad and Steven Finn took time out of their busy schedules to learn more about the rhino crisis and lend their voices to the cause. 

“When you see the facts and numbers, you realise a lot needs to be done, quite quickly, if we’re going to keep these amazing animals on our earth.”  Stuart Broad, England cricketer and Investec ambassador in 2016.

June 2015: Vietnamese youth say NO to rhino horn

Vietnamese youth visit SA to learn about rhino and take a strong message back to their home country

With #RhinoLifeline ambassador, Dr William Fowlds, we partnered with Wilderness Foundation and Peaceparks in a demand reduction campaign with Vietnamese popstar Than Bui, raising awareness in Vietnamese schools, and through a week-long bush experience for 22 Vietnamese teenagers, who were exposed to nature, conservation and all elements of rhino poaching. The youth returned to their home country, creating their own awareness campaigns to convince their fellow countrymen of the horrors of rhino poaching and futility of rhino horn use.

"Education is the key. When the kids speak, the adults will listen." Than Bui, Vietnamese pop star and rhino ambassador

Sept 2012: Investec launches Rhino Lifeline

Investec launches #RhinoLifeline with renowned wildlife vet Dr William Fowlds

In 2012 we established Investec Rhino Lifeline, aiming to raise awareness of the rhino crisis, in collaboration with #RhinoLifeline ambassador, Dr William Fowlds (pictured), a passionate wildlife vet. This successful 3-year partnership told the story of Dr Fowlds and an incredible rhino, Thandi, who survived a rhino poaching ordeal against all odds and went on to become a mother. Across the world, from SA to the US, UK, China, and Australia, children and adults alike were inspired to take action to save this incredible prehistoric species. We are deeply grateful to Dr Fowlds and our Investec executive for their vision and faith in starting us on this journey. 

"Investec Rhino Lifeline is embedded in Investec's DNA. We need to do whatever we can, in our way, to make a difference. We owe it to these animals, to protect them. It's a fight we can't give up." Andy Leith, CEO IEP and #RhinoLifeline founder.

Dr William Fowlds

Learn more about our work with rhino