Passionate about Rhinos

Established by husband and wife team, Ian and Jooles Kilbride, the Spirit Wildlife Fund exists for one important purpose: to contribute effectively to the survival and sustainability of Africa’s endangered species.

Governed by a Board of Trustees and independently audited, the Spirit Wildlife Fund raises and distributes monies that go directly to deserving projects that have a clear and demonstrable track-record of effective wildlife conservation in Africa.

The Fund is a non-partisan, non-political, non-profit organisation in which all monies are channelled to existing wildlife conservation projects. Warwick Wealth carries the fund's administrative costs.

About Rhino Spirit
Spirit the rhino

The Spirit Wildlife Fund draws on the 50 years of experience Ian and Jooles have accumulated in financial management, public relations and marketing. A lawyer and stockbroker by training, Ian brings 30 years of international and South African financial management expertise to the Fund. Jooles is a Board Member of the Spirit Education Foundation, has her own company in the tourism sector and has long enjoyed supporting charitable organisations.

Ian founded The Spirit Education Foundation in 1994, and in those years more than 400 scholars have been educated, providing the equivalent of 2000 years of quality education. He is also the Chairman of Lords Taverners in South Africa.

What all of this means is that Spirit Wildlife Fund is not an office bound organisation. It is focused on being up close and personal and making a measurable difference. As committed as the Spirit Wildlife Fund is to its vision of African wildlife sustainability, to be successful it needs partners and funding.

Spirit Wildlife Fund commits to:

  • Raise awareness of poaching, conservation and sustainability through its extensive personal networks and electronic platforms.
  • Design, develop and run successful fundraising initiatives with the specific aim of saving and conserving the African rhino
  • To ensure financial statements comply with the financial reporting framework and the companies act of South Africa, Spirit Wildlife Fund is audited by PKF
  • Distributing funds to effective, well governed, transparent and accountable African wildlife conservation programmes, in particular, rhino conservation
  • Ensure that every donation made to Spirit Wildlife Fund is acknowledged, accounted for and distributed to the intended beneficiary
  • Visit and commit personal time to each and every project at least twice yearly to assist with operations and ensure objectives are being met
  • Assist those chosen beneficiaries wherever possible in reaching their goals that we support
  • Make itself available to local and international donors to provide all necessary background information and comfort that funding is well governed, channelled to the agreed projects and is being utilised effectively, with clear and tangible outcomes and benefits.