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Upcoming Board Meetings

  • September 12th
  • October 10th
  • November 14th
  • December 12th (AGM) 

The Australian Rhino Project is a registered not-for-profit charity with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status with the Australian Taxation Office. We are governed by a voluntary Board of Directors and we have also established a team of experts who advise and assist with our decision making, negotiations, compliance and fundraising. Our board and team are committed to assisting in the preservation of the rhinoceros species. Our board consists of a team of individuals with a diverse mix of skills and experience in corporate, not-for-profit, legal, media and zoological industries. Board meetings are held at Ashurst’s Sydney office, Level 11, 5 Martin Place, Sydney 2000.

We believe that it is essential that we are open and transparent in all of our activities and communication. Our leadership has been structured to ensure that ethical and factual decisions are made at all times. We have formal Partnership Agreements with the Taronga Conservation Society Australia, Royal Zoological Society of Australia, the Orana Wildlife Trust and the Zoos and Aquarium Association. These Partnerships are vital to ensure that we are guided by industry experts who are experienced in rhino husbandry, best practice logistics for translocation of animals and can provide secure and natural environments for the rhinos.






Allan Davies
Co-Founder and Chairman, The Australian Rhino Project


Mark Stanbridge
Director, The Australian Rhino Project
Lead Partner, Ashurst Australia


Paul White
Director, The Australian Rhino Project
Director, White Communications


Elaine Bensted
Director, The Australian Rhino Project
Chief Executive, Zoos South Australia


Download our AGM Presentation for 2017

The following questions from members were responded to by the Chairman at the 2017 AGM:

  1. What progress has been made in respect of the following and what steps still have to be completed to achieve them:
    • Setting up Australian government/s approved quarantine facilities in South Africa, USA/NZ and Australia
    • Sourcing rhinos to import
    • Obtaining all the approvals necessary from South Africa, Australia and elsewhere to import rhino?
  2. TARP has been focused on establishing a route through which rhinos can be successfully imported from South Africa to Australia via a third country. The Australian Government has made it clear that this is the preferred approach. Major effort has been spent identifying a suitable interim quarantine location in a third country. An announcement is expected to be made on the location in the near future. Once the interim location has been identified and secured, efforts will be directed towards securing approvals from South Africa for the export of rhinos and sourcing rhinos. In Australia, establishment of quarantine facilities are well advanced at Monarto Zoo in South Australia.

  3. When can the first shipment of rhinos be expected to arrive in Australia?
  4. Due to the anticipated interim quarantine requirements of rhinos imported into Australia (at least 12 months in interim quarantine in a third country), rhinos are not expected to arrive in Australia before 2019.

  5. How much new funding will have to be raised to cover the costs of:
    • Getting the first batch into Australia and through the quarantine period here
    • The first year in a zoo
    • The ongoing operating costs (project management fees, admin costs, etc) until then?
  6. Funding in excess of current financial reserves will be required for completion of the overall task which TARP is undertaking. The task is to import approximately 30-40 rhinos into Australia. Each shipment will vary in size and timing and the funding required will be dependent on a range of factors including the direct costs of rhinos, transport, quarantine, feeding and veterinary costs. Additional funding will be required for project management and administration. Where possible costs will be reduced by sponsored activity and the pro-bono input of professionals. Based on estimates for relocating multiple rhinos, the cost per rhino could range from a low of $50,000 per rhino to $150,000 per rhino.


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