Country People – Special Feature: Jean-Pierre Le Roux, Greater Kruger NP – Riding for Rhino’s

Jean Pierre Le Roux has been working within the safari industry as a Specialist Field Guide and is currently employed by Singita Lebombo in the Kruger National Park.

In February this year, he will be undertaking a massive challenge for a great cause. Over the course of 9 days, he aims to do a 1000km unassisted bicycle ride the length of the Garden Route in the Western Cape. He will start in Plettenberg Bay and end his journey in Cape Town. He will do this as a fundraising project for the Endangered Black Rhino.

“Through this ride, I aim to raise funds for projects that are of particular importance within the Kruger National Park.

The projects that will benefit from this fundraiser are The Black Rhino Guardianship Programme and Anti-Poaching Technology.

Find out more about Jean-Pierre

How did you end up where you are now?

I grew up in a then small town known as Gordons Bay, close by Cape Town. As I young boy I had the opportunity to play within the mountains and along the coast, and this is where my passion for nature started. As my curiosity for learning about the environment and how it works grew, my passion for both nature and people lead me to become a guide.

What inspired you to plan this route and fundraiser?

I have always been passionate about riding bicycles and after reading about the Cross-Cape Cycling Route, I decided to set myself a personal challenge to complete this route. I then decided that it would be rather selfish to complete such a ride purely as a challenge for oneself. I wanted to do more and started looking at worthy causes that I would like to support.  I asked myself which endangered animal species means the most to me and has impacted deeply on me as a guide over the last 19-years, time after time the answer came back as the Black Rhino.

Over the years I have had so many amazing experiences with these animals and at the same time as I was reflecting on these experiences, it saddened me to think how hard it has become to see and share these unique animals with others. 

What is the aim of the fundraiser, how will it benefit the above-mentioned projects?

Raising funds for camera traps to understand the movements & behaviour of the critically endangered Black Rhino, a species which has undergone a 90-96% decline in its population since the 1960s. Also raising funds for equipment needed by field rangers, with the focus on both GSM-enabled Camera Traps & FLIR night-vision monocular.

To donate to this cause you can click on the link below. https://www.backabuddy.co.za/riding-for-rhinos

Black Rhino. Picture: JP Le Roux.

If you wish to follow Jean-Pierre’s journey and receive regular updates on the ride you can follow him on the links below.

Facebook: Jean-Pierre Le Roux

Instagram: JP.Birdfocus

More About the Conservation Projects & Route:

Black Rhino Guardianship Programme:

The core of the project is to raise funds for around funding a 120 camera traps to understand the movements & behaviour of the critically endangered Black Rhino, a species which has undergone a 90-96% decline in its population since the 1960s.

https://conservation.singita.com/project/black-rhino-guardianship-programme

Anti-poaching Technology:

The core of the project is around gaining funding for equipment needed by field rangers. Even within flagship conservation areas rangers need equipment such as GSM-enabled Camera Traps & FLIR night-vision monocular

https://conservation.singita.com/project/anti-poaching-unit-technology/

The Cross-Cape Cycling Route:

The route starts in the Garden Route town of Plettenberg Bay and coincides mostly with the Cross-Cape Cycling Route, which is a 750-km long route. I added an additional two days on the Cross-Cape Cycling Route to extend it to over a 1000 km journey ending off in Cape Town.

https://www.capecycleroutes.co.za/route/cross-cape-route

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