Sponsored by The Dis-Chem Foundation via Jacaranda’s Purple Rhino Project, Bobby Rhino Dog - a Springer Spaniel - has been successfully deployed in the Sabi Sand Wildtuin. Bobby was trained by the MECHEM Dog Unit and is a detection dog, able to sniff out both rhino horn as well as ammunitions. This combination of scent …
Damned if They Do, Damned if They Don’t
To trade or not to trade? Always a hotbed of debate concerning rhino poaching
But since South Africa is entertaining the idea of a “one-off” sale to sell the current stockpiles of horn, things have taken a dismal turn indeed.
Here are the scenarios: #1) Trade IS allowed as a one-time only option– wetting the appetite of the Asian market, like throwing a chicken into a hungry hoard of crocodiles. This will undoubtedly send poaching rates soaring.
#2) Trade is allowed on a regular basis but cannot be monitored enough to stop poaching, and with the number of rhinos currently surviving, there are not nearly enough of them to keep up with the monstrous demand.
#3) Trade is Not allowed. In order to make up for lack of profit, will the “farmers” sell their rhinos off to trophy hunters? Will they be sold off to the highest bidder (who…
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Ten good reasons to save rhinos
1. Rhinos are critically endangeredAt the turn of the 19th century, there were approximately one million rhinos. In 1970, there were around 70,000. Today, there are fewer than 24,500 rhinos surviving in the wild.Three of the five species of rhino are “Critically Endangered” as defined by the IUCN (World Conservation Union). A taxon is classified …
Rhino Rescue Project – Inyati and the Sabi Sand Reserve
Rhino Rescue Project - Inyati and the Sabi Sand Reserve.
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