International Coalition of Rhino Protection
Establishing a Dedicated African Wildlife Preserve
Marc McDonald’s International Coalition of Rhino Protection is on the front line in South Africa, ensuring futures for diverse local wildlife. ICORP works with local communities towards sustainable economic alternatives to the poaching trade, and is spearheading the ambitious establishment of a new ICORP wildlife sanctuary.
Founded by South African national Marc McDonald, the International Coalition of Rhino Protection (ICORP) is an organization dedicated to ensuring that the flora and fauna of Africa is preserved and protected for future generations to enjoy. The committed team, composed of members from around the world, has two primary missions: to safeguard wildlife at assigned sanctuaries, and to raise awareness and educate the public about the challenges facing Africa’s natural heritage. In partnership with the Terra Conservation Initiative, ICORP operates a well-trained and equipped Counter-Poaching Unit at a designated South African wildlife Reserve. ICORP’s team is in the field everyday of the year, securing and protecting African wildlife from those who seek to do them harm. Innovative protection strategies, industry best practices, and strategic planning with Reserve management protect and ensure the survival of this critical wildlife population. In the coming years, ICORP aims to establish its own autonomous, sustainable wildlife preserve in the region.
Sustaining the Team
Wave upon wave of armed and dangerous mafia-style poaching gangs are killing wildlife in Africa. ICORP’s Counter-Poaching Unit (CPU) acts as a stopgap, buffer, deterrent, and disruptive force to all poachers in the region. The CPU rangers risk their lives on a daily basis. Their needs are real and urgent, and ICORP will rely heavily on the Terra Conservation Initiative to support its efforts. Monthly overhead costs can be covered quickly and consistently through your contributions on rabble. Designed in collaboration with the ICORP team, Terra Expeditionary Ranger Systems provide critical support to CPU members on patrol. These state of the art, weather-resistant, sustainable technology systems include solar arrays, refrigeration, energy storage, ranger packs, night vision goggles, water filtration units, energy efficient lighting, communications, and first aid. Through your contributions, Terra will also provide ICORP with silent electric vehicles, K9 training, petrol, monthly salaries, food, and cash for daily operations.
In addition to on-the-ground protection of wildlife and disrupting poaching syndicates, ICORP works tirelessly to enhance the skills and social abilities of local communities to improve their living conditions and create sustainable economies.
Founder.Marc McDonald joined the South African National Parks system in 1992. In 2004, Marc opened a small and intimate safari company escorting clients on specialized birding and botanical tours into Mozambique and the northern areas of Kruger National Park. He also served as Park Warden of Sabie Game Park in Mozambique. In 2010, Marc became Ranger in Charge of several national parks and state forests in Australia. He was then appointed to a senior ranger position in Western Australia in the remote Millstream Chichester National Park. His deep love of the wilderness and commitment to protecting wildlife led him back to Mozambique to lead a Counter-Poaching Unit where he was instrumental in the fight against poachers targeting rhino and other species. Marc and ICORP’s Counter-Poaching Unit is now providing security and counter-poaching support for a Reserve in the Mopani Region of the Limpopo Province.