“The main theme of this initiative is a “diplomatic purge” to break the demand chain from the poachers right through to those using the horn”
“I’ve just returned from the USA after delivering tributes to Dr Ian Player for his rhino crusade and philanthropist Greg Carr for his restoration project in Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park, My sponsors were Maggie O’Bryan and US Wild Foundation CEO Vance Martin . I also addressed a group of graduates from Shenandoah University who responded enthusiastically to my suggestion that they become Rhino Ambassadors. Taking this further I’ve started designing a certificate for other learning institutions worldwide (including Indochina). To show its authenticity I am approaching a number of NGOs like the GRAA etc for their endorsements.
Rhino are prehistoric giants that lived all over the earth for 100,000’s of years, including in all parts of Africa. They were once abundant throughout Africa and Asia with an approximated worldwide population of 500 000 in the early twentieth century. South Africa is now home to the largest remaining population of rhinoceroses in the world.
According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), it was estimated that South Africa had 20,711 rhino in 2010. To date, 5000 rhino have been lost to poaching. These are extremely sobering, frightening statistics; three rhino are now being killed per day, and if the killing continues at this rate we could see rhino deaths overtaking births in 2016-2018, meaning rhinos could go extinct in the very near future.
Rhino poaching is predominantly driven by the illegal trade in rhino horn to satisfy the growing demand in Vietnam and China.
To stop the current plunder of our natural heritage game rangers are working night and day in South Africa in what has become a declaration of war against poachers using sophisticated military weapons. Finding animals bleeding to death after having had their horns hacked off is causing serious physiological strain on the field rangers and poachers becoming more brazen .
NGO fundraisers and conservation organisations, social media sites, and rhino orphanages are also working hard to publicize the plight of the rhino. .Becoming a Rhino Ambassador is about raising awareness and working to educate yourself and other people about the importance of saving rhino. We want to build a greater understanding of the role that everyone can play. We have a deep longing to preserve this keystone species, and everything that supports it’s survival in the natural world. Far too often we separate ourselves from our origins; the original connection to Africa within all of us, and rhinos represent that connection. If we can save a species, then we’re saving ourselves by acknowledging and accepting this deep connection to nature.
Please download your copy and sign to make a commitment to end Rhino Poaching.