Platinum Rhino is a conservation rhino farm in South Africa. The project has been in operation since 2009 and currently protects close to 2000 Southern white rhinos on an 8500-hectare savannah landscape in this country. Platinum Rhino is entirely privately funded.

The project was set up to ensure the survival of a genetically diverse population of rhinos, which is now similar in number to the white rhino population of the Kruger National Park. Due to its breeding success, it has the greatest ability to save the species from extinction. With 200 rhinos born a year, the project has the power to make a significant difference and bolster declining rhino populations on the African continent.

The project has the foundation and potential to continue its current success at rhino conservation by providing rhinos for rewilding and range expansion projects as well as contributing breeding animals for the re-establishment and/or re-enforcement of other rhino populations, far into the future.

Platinum Rhino, which is home to over 16% of the Southern white rhino population in South Africa, announced in 2022 it can release 100 rhinos back into the wild every year. The Platinum Rhino team has engaged with conservation stakeholders throughout the world on this initiative but has been unable to secure the funding to make this happen.

Keeping the breeding program going is vital to ensure not only the survival of the animals but also the sustained livelihoods of the people who are supported by the project. Platinum Rhino employs 100 people, who each provide for another four people on average. That represents a community of around 500 people who rely on the project to survive.

According to africa