Conquering the “Giant” for rhino conservation

Posted on April 29, 2012 by David Graham

Every year, Wildlands Conservation Trust arranges and manages a series of mountain bike challenges to raise money for conservation. One of these events, the epic 75 km Giants Castle Bike Challenge takes place at Giants Castle in the Central Drakensberg Mountains. The Giants Castle Mountain Bike Challenge is one of the founding events of the Bonitas Wild Series which is celebrating its 15th edition of the challenge this year. The challenge takes riders up the Drakensberg mountain, through some of South Africa’s most pristine high altitude grasslands. Funds raised at “Giants” is used for the critically endangered Bearded Vulture.

I took on the challenge and entered this year’s event with the express intent of raising funds for Wildlands Conservation Trust’s “Project Rhino”. Launched on World Rhino Day 2011, (22 September), this association of like-minded organisations, collectively known as Project Rhino, allows for over-arching co-ordination of rhino conservation interventions aimed at eliminating rhino poaching and securing the rhino populations in KZN.

A huge thanks to all sponsors who assisted me in raising over R24 000 for Project Rhino. This money will be well spent in helping conserve one of South Africa’s most precious resources.

I completed the arduous Giants Challenge in 6 hours and 14 minutes.

Well done David Graham, lets all Unite Against Poaching!


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2013 SANParks Kudu Award

Proud winner of the 2013

GRAA Rhino Conservation Award



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