The International Rhino Foundation (IRF) was founded in 1989 (our late owner, Jim Jackson, was a founding member) as the International Black Rhino Foundation (IBRF). Originally, the IBRF was formed to assist in the conservation of black rhinos in Zimbabwe, both through efforts in the wild and in zoos. Then in 1993, they broadened their conservation efforts to include all five species of rhinos and became the International Rhino Foundation as a result. Mr. Jackson remained active in the organization, retiring from the board of directors in 2008. Since that time, our executive director, Dr. Condy, has been a member of their board.
The IRF web site states, “The IRF is involved in programs both in nature and in captivity, both of which IRF believes are critical for the survival of rhinos. The IRF focuses on the species most in need of, and most appropriate for, intensive protection and management. IRF focuses its projects where conservation will have its most significant impact, and when possible, is a catalyst and facilitator rather than a primary implementer. Additionally, the IRF provides linkages between captive and wild populations of rhinos, with the ultimate objective of helping captive populations become truly viable and hence an integral part of conservation strategies for rhinos.”