Rhino Impact Bond Project

Black Rhinoceros

Under the umbrella of the United for Wildlife (UfW) initiative established by HRH The Duke of Cambridge, The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is working with six other leading conservation organisations – Conservation International (CI), Fauna and Flora International (FFI), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) – to address the need for global coordination on illegal wildlife trade issues and the need for sharing of best practice models and innovative solutions. UfW partners are working on all aspects of the illegal wildlife trade, from strengthening protection on the ground to reducing demand in consumer countries, and increasing law enforcement along commercial transport routes. In each case, UfW partners are creating long-term solutions that both reduce the imminent threat of poaching and build the capacity required for sustained recovery of livelihoods and biodiversity.

Reducing poaching is an immediate priority of UfW partners in order to gain a foothold in the fight to disassemble the illegal wildlife trade. As such UfW partners are beginning a three-year testing phase in 2015 to assess the feasibility using outcomes-based financing to ensure long-term, sustainable funding for critical conservation areas using rhinos as an initial focus in the Rhino Impact Bond project.


Project Information

Key Species

  • White rhino (Ceratotherium simum)
  • Black rhino (Diceros bicornis)
  • Greater One-horned rhino (Rhinoceros unicornis)
  • Javan rhino (Rhinoceros sondaicus)
  • Sumatran rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis)

Project Team

  • Craig Bruce, Senior Programme Manager, Asia
  • Leonie Kelly – Head of Impact Innovation & Investment 
  • Karen Ross, CP - Senior Programme Manager, Africa
  • Katherine Secoy – Senior Policy Advisor, Science to Government & Industry 

Partners and sponsors