The Lowveld Rhino Trust (LRT) is a conservation organization operating primarily in the South-East Lowveld of Zimbabwe. LRT works to increase both black and white rhino numbers and range in the Lowveld region. Zimbabwe, like the rest of Africa's rhino range States, has been facing a rhino poaching crisis. While Zimbabwe has been able to mobilize protection efforts, over the last five years over 150 rhinos have been poached.
To help reduce poaching losses LRT intensively tracks and monitors rhinos to confirm their on-going wellbeing; treats rhinos with snare and bullet wounds; assists authorities with prosecuting poachers; and translocates rhinos from high-risk areas to safer locations when necessary. LRT also works to raise community awareness and support for rhino conservation through rural schools. Over 140 rural primary schools are part of this program. This is important work as the long term survival of rhinos depends on the people who live with them. Unless rhinos are seen as having value to these communities they will have little reason to help protect them or maintain land for rhinos to live on.