This effort will allow wildlife managers to track the rhinos, deter poachers, and in the event the animal is killed, possibly catch the poachers before they escape with the horn. In addition, the wildlife managers learn more about rhinos and the natural habitats they depend on. Since these areas also provide food, water and other benefits to nearby communities, there is further incentive to conserve them for the well-being of humans as well as rhinos. In fact, as one of Africa's "big five," rhinos provide a major economic contribution to their host nations via wildlife-based tourism. Globally, wildlife tourism has been estimated to account for 20 to 40 percent of all international tourism.
To further deter poaching, joint venture projects have been established in the communities bordering the Thanda Game Reserve. These include employing young community members as game scouts, supporting development of wildlife-related businesses and tourism projects, establishing school training programs and more. In addition, plans are being discussed with His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu and the King's Ingonyama Trust landowners to establish buffer zones where small plains game will be introduced and managed, thus creating additional income.