The idea for Rhino 911 started in September 2015, when Fred Hees and Nico Jacobs met by chance in a business meeting. During the meeting, Nico talked with Fred about the impending extinction of the Rhinos in South Africa due to exponential poaching and his 15 years of volunteer helicopter flying try to save the species. From there, Rhino 911 was born, with new solutions for rescuing orphaned baby Rhinos and Rhinos under siege by poachers.
The co-founders of RHINO 911 are Fred Hees, Nico Jacobs, Leoni Jacobs and Amer Smailbegovic who bring unprecedented on- the-ground experience in dealing with this crisis faced by the Rhinos. Together, they are creating a team who can bring a much needed infrastructure for aiding the Rhinos in medical emergencies.
On the scene treating the Rhinos, the RHINO 911 team has witnessed the some of the most horrific cruelty and torture that has been inflicted on Rhinos by poachers. RHINO 911 has been a part of some of the most heroic and courageous acts of people who are unwilling to stand by and let this atrocity continue by racing to the scene of the poaching incidents to bring medical aid to the Rhinos. It is a privilege to do this work to save these magnificent animals.