Rhinos killed to date 2012

* 1105 Rhinos killed in 2016 in SA, (668 in 2012 / 1004 in 2013 / 1215 in 2014 / 1175+ in 2015)

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Sunday, 29 April 2012

Keep reporting (something you can do!)

I had so many requests about what one can do to help put a stop to rhino poaching. Here's a thing that you can do:


Search the internet for websites that advertise or endorse the use of rhino horn and report it to Interpol. You can search for keywords like these - tê giác sừng (Vietnamese for rhino horn).


On Google you will just have to click on "Translate this page" when opening the link.


Here's a google translated link to Baidu (I think a Vietnamese search engine):
http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.baidu.com%2Fs%3Fwd%3D%25CF%25AC%25C5%25A3%25BD%25C7%26rsv_bp%3D0%26rsv_spt%3D3%26rsv_n%3D2%26inputT%3D1236


Report it to Interpol here:
http://interpol.int/Forms/EnvironmentalCrime

Save the rhino, hunt a poacher!


Saturday, 28 April 2012

HSTC Anti-poaching rangers get trained



Not sure why they even bothered to blotch out the poachers faces. They deserved to be shamed.

I will NOT remember China...

I will NOT remember China for
The Great Wall or its economic boom
But instead as the nation that drove
Africa’s rhino to extinction and doom

More than a billion Chinese
Bringing less than 22-thousand
Innocent rhino to their knees
They’re all we’ve got left
On Africa’s big continent

The clock ticks the seconds
In each short day
And in 2012 every 24 hours
Another of SA’s precious rhino
Has its life torn away

440 poached 2011 in SA alone
Where 80% of the world’s
Last wild rhino call home

I’m tired of a nation
Touting unfounded medicinal claims
Borne of their convenient selfish aims
That rhino horn cures from
A cough and a sneeze to all manner of moans
Including Aids, cancer and numerous
Other illogical groans

There was a time when China had rhino
But they’re long gone now
Their horns ground to a fine powder dust
To feed this vast nation’s
Incessant medicinal myth-lust

Today, to the Chinese I say
Please leave Africa’s Rhino alone
This continent is their rightful home
Show respect, let them live long and free
As nature intended them to be
This magnificent animal, for all the future
Generations of the world’s children to see

We don’t poach your few
Protected treasured Pandas
Who at China’s own hands
Met this same unfair fate
So STOP senselessly killing
Africa’s last precious Rhinos
BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE

Tick-Tock…
Lest you forget…
Remember this clock…

By Lindsay Jenions



via http://www.zctfofficialsite.org/new-zctf-website-and-more-news

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Day 53, Progress of Thandi (rhino)

UPDATE TUESDAY 24 APRIL 2012 16H00

This is the report sent to us from Dr Fowlds describing the events of yesterday 23 April 2012

"Yesterday, day 53, Thandi was magnificent. In spite of so many positive signs since her previous procedure on day 33, its impossible to tell whats really going on underneath the bed of scabs and granulating tissue until we actually get a hands-on assessment done.

We gathered at the Kariega gate knowing that she was less than two kilometres from us. As always, we talked through everyone tasks, the first one being to see if we could immobilise her out in the open to make all our jobs so much easier. Grant from Aptrac once again did a magnificent job of steering her with the chopper while the drugs kicked on, and to my relief she went down on open ground yet again.

Dr Gerhard Steenkamp once again flew down from the Vet Faculty in Pretoria, courtesy of Supervet, to head up the surgical aspects of the procedure and we were assisted by groups of reserve staff, rangers, volunteers and film crew. Once her anaesthetic was stable, Dr Steenkamp assessed her wounds and to our absolute relief found her progress to be advancing very well. The best news is that there were no signs of infection or maggots and her face, as painful and tortured as it still looks, is progressing better than we expected it to.

A fantastic amount of new tissue has completely occupied the large holes hacked into the top of her skull where her frontal sinuses had been exposed. For the first time she no longer has holes through her head where they were not supposed to be. This is a significant milestone as we were not sure in the early days if we were going to be able to find a way to close up these gaping holes. In terms of restoring her dignity, this sort of progress gives us such a sense of relief of what is now possible.

Where there had been large slabs of exposed bone, she now only has three small areas left as well as an exposed ridge of bone. Dr Steenkamp operated on these areas and removed a substantial amount of dead bony tissue but noticeably less than he had done so previously. The new tissue bed that is being formed is still a long way from being the protective layer she requires, but it’s a fine beginning for just under two months of recovery.



The attending ground team kept shifting her body position to keep her muscular circulation going while the rest of the team, worked for just over forty minutes on her. Twenty injections and the standard set of blood samples which Idexx will process for us again, and we all retreated to stand in silence behind the arrangement of vehicles parked nearby. For those that were seeing her for the first time, the outward appearance of her face is still a shocking sight to behold, probably in part because its such a graphic reminder of how disgusting the act of poaching is. But for those privileged to have witnessed her battle to stay alive and her determined journey towards recovery, we see so much more now than the shape of a tortured rhino . Underneath that proud outline, in spite of her violated face, we see a soul and a heart the size of a mountain. 

What comes next is always the best part of my job, but Thandi’s circumstances make her recovery from the anaesthetic drugs so much more moving and special. Within a few minutes after the anti-dote, she rose calmly to her feet. This is that breathtaking moment which confirms that she has come through, she is ok and she is out of danger. After weeks of concern for her internal circumstances, the apprehension of yet another procedure and its associated risks, there comes the confirmation that all is well. As we stood there in respectful silence, our profiles blending into those of the surrounding vehicles, the wind blowing gently through the trees, we watched her rise, and with her rose our spirits. I felt like we should be giving her a standing ovation. I wanted to run out from behind our cover and applaud her for the magnificent fighter that she is. I felt like shouting, “well done Thandi, you magnificent thing, you go you beautiful girl”. Will fowlds

Sunday, 22 April 2012

South Africa needs our help




My dear friends,
South Africa needs our help again.
Please, send a E-Mail. It takes only a little time.
Please take action........

South African friends have asked our help in requesting NO BAIL FOR RHINO POACHERS in connection with bail hearings this week for serious rhino poachers. Following on Sir Rachard Branson's tweet to 1.9 million people, let's act.

LET'S DO IT AGAIN. EASY-PEASY.

Here is a sample e-mail to send and share. Please modify POLITELY for your own voice.

EMAIL DETAIL:

TO: presidentrsa@po.gov.za, president@po.gov.za, davidm@sanparks.org,

SUBJECT: NO BAIL FOR RHINO POACHERS

Dear President Zuma and Dr. Mabunda,

We urge you to institute immediately a "No Bail for Rhino Poachers" policy, especially with the imminent case of the Durban Rhino Trio, and others. An official No Bail policy will help to de-incentivise rhino poaching, and will prevent the resumption of slaughter upon a poacher's bail-out. Without a no-bail policy, poachers upon release will immediately disappear to resume covert poaching activities.

We applaud your recent implementation of rhino micro-chipping, and other measures. But micro-chipping is effective only in forensic detection,

With all due respect for your collective ministries' efforts, the Government must act decisively to stop rhino poaching both BEFORE and AFTER poaching attacks. To do otherwise is to sit on the fence and jeopardize South Africa' natural heritage.

Sincerely,
[name, address, country]

Saturday, 21 April 2012

UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF ANIMAL RIGHTS


UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF ANIMAL RIGHTS English:
Preamble

Considering
that Life is one, all living beings having a common origin and having diversified in the course of the evolution of the species;

Considering
that all living beings possess natural rights, and that any animal with a nervous system has specific rights;

Considering
that the contempt for, and even the simple ignorance of these natural rights cause serious damage to nature and lead man to commit crimes against animals;

Considering
that the coexistence of species implies a recognition by the human species of the right of other animal species to live;

Considering
that the respect of humans for animals is inseparable from the respect of man for another man.

IT IS HEREBY PROCLAIMED:
Article 1
All animals are born equal and they have the same rights to existence.
Article 2
a) Every animal has the right to be respected.
b) Man, like the animal species, cannot assume the right to exterminate other animals or to exploit them, thereby violating this right. He should use his conscience for the service of the animals.
c) Every animal has the right to consideration, good treatment and the protection of man.

Article 3
a) No animal should be submitted to bad treatment or cruel actions.
b) If the death of an animal is necessary, this should be sudden and without fear or pain.
Article 4
a) All animals belonging to a wild species have the right to live free in their natural environment, and have the right to reproduce.
b) Each deprivation of freedom, even for educational purposes, is in opposition to this right.
Article 5
a) Every animal that usually lives in a domestic environment must live and grow to a rhythm natural to his species.
b) Any change to this rhythm and conditions dictated by man for mercantile purpose, is a contradiction of this law.
Article 6
a) All animals selected by man, as companions must have a life corresponding to their natural longevity.
b) To abandon an animal is a cruel and degrading action.
Article 7
Working animals must only work for a limited period and must not be worked to exhaustion. They must have adequate food and rest.
Article 8
a) Experiments on animals that cause physical and mental pain, are incompatible with animal rights, even if it is for medical, scientific, commercial or any other kind of experiment.
b) A substitute technique must be investigated and developed.

Article 9
In the eventuality of an animal bred for food, it must be fed, managed, transported and killed without it being in fear or pain.
Article 10
a) No animal should be used for entertainment.
b) Animal exhibitions and shows that use animals are incompatible with anÊ animal's dignity.
Article 11
Every action that causes the unnecessary death of an animal, is cruel which is a crime against life.
Article 12
a) Every action that causes the death of a lot of wild animals is genocide, that is a crime against the species.
b) Pollution and destruction leads to the extinction of the species.
Article 13
a) Dead animals must be treated with respect.
b) Violent scenes, where animals are the victims, must be forbidden at the cinema and on TV, unless they are for the demonstration of animal rights.
Article 14
a) Protection and safeguarding associations must be represented at government level.
b) Animal rights must be defended by law as are human rights.

The text of the UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF ANIMAL RIGHTS has been adopted from the International League of Animal Rights and Affiliated National Leagues in the course of an International Meeting on Animal Rights which took place in London from 21st to 23rd September 1977.
® Action Against Poisoning
info@actionagainstpoisoning.com

Friday, 20 April 2012

Our rhino sheds tears for the 181 rhinos poached to date in 2012



www.uniteagainstpoaching.co.za

Border Patrol Operation Corona Successful - Sisulu



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Operation Corona is proceeding as planned and has been successful in safeguarding the borders of South Africa and helping state agencies to reduce and curb crime, according to Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Lindiwe Sisulu.

“There is no doubt that we are succeeding in ensuring the territorial integrity of the Republic of South Africa in terms of the land and maritime borders as well as Air Space integrity,” she stated in reply to a parliamentary question posed by C Dudley of the ACDP.

“In line with our phased approach, phase one has been successfully executed and it covered the South Africa/Zimbabwe border line. We also prioritised the Mozambique borderline for the reason that they are the most porous and the threat especially to our endangered species, the rhinos,” Sisulu stated in her reply.

Phase two saw the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) deployed on the Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho international borders, while phase three, which began on April 1, is also focusing on these borders, with the deployment of another four military companies. This brings the total number of companies to 11. A military company consists of 150 soldiers.

Sisulu highlighted some of the successes achieved during Operation Corona, including the recovery of 76 stolen vehicles in the last 18 months; the recovery of 1 435 livestock; the seizure of 8. 365 tons of narcotics; the confiscation of R81.5 million worth of contraband; the apprehension of 35 124 illegal immigrants; and the confiscation of 19 illegal weapons.

Furthermore, the SANDF confiscated 56 kg of stolen precious metals (copper and gold), which could have otherwise found their way to the black market. “We have reduced the incentive for stealing as there will no longer be a market for these [metals],” Sisulu added. “This will contribute positively to our economy which took a nock from copper theft, for an example.”

On the matter of rhino poaching, Sisulu said the SANDF had “managed to close up syndicates involved in Rhino poaching. In my reply to the National Assembly on 29 February 2012, I shared with House a compliment from Minister Molewa, one of our stakeholders as Minister of Environmental and Environmental Affairs. She wrote “Dear Comrade Lindi, I have been suspecting that we have an inside job in this rhino poaching matter. My suspicion has turned true. I wish to thank you and the Special Task force that is deployed in the Kruger National Park, over and above the border patrol team. Our appreciation is due to them that today we arrested five of our employees for killing two rhinos to steal their horns”.

“It is success stories such as these that give us pride for taking a decision to go back to our borders and safeguard our border line,” Sisulu continued.

“The SANDF is fulfilling its mandate not only with distinction but with humility as well. In areas where it is deployed, soldiers helped local communities with building and renovations of their infrastructure, houses, schools and so forth.

“Our regular assessments carried out and feedback from the communities we serve and our stakeholders indicate that we have made substantial difference along the borderline since Operation Corona started.”




From - www.uniteagainstpoaching.co.za

Thursday, 19 April 2012

STANDING ON THE PRECIPICE

STANDING ON THE PRECIPICE       
1 April 2012
I wondered how it got to this. The giant of grey lay panting and snorting on the ground, in the midst of vegetation he flatted as he went down, a young bull, still to reach his prime. He was recently chased away by his mother, forced to find his own way in this rhino-world – a changed world, a world where his survival was far less likely. He was already being hunted for his horn, and his survival instincts were pitted against Man, for Man was employing his finest technology in combination with an age-old savagery, honed by greed. It was a one-sided battle.
Yet, I look at the men and women about me. Bush people – conservationists to the core, yet ordinary people. I am proud to be a part of them. A rhino necklace flashes; I notice a Stop-Rhino-Poaching bracelet. Everyone doing what they can to stop the senseless slaughter of the magnificent animal at our feet.
We work together, people from all walks of life. The SANParks Conservation Manager, Vet and rangers are in their element – they work quietly and quickly effecting interventions which will ensure that this individual can be monitored for his safety - a highly efficient team, intent on completing their work here and moving on to the next rhino. As SANParks Honorary Rangers, we are proud to be a part of this operation, one which will assist SANParks in their efforts to protect the Black Rhino.
The Eastern Cape sun is warm on my back. We work in an area first occupied by the San – a noble People who understood the need to be in harmony with nature, a people who understood that the various elements of the environment are interdependent, a people who killed to eat only. That was then. How is it that we have regressed as we have progressed?
Help is needed to roll this powerful creature on to his stomach. It takes four of us to shift his mighty weight. His skin is softer than I expected. Almost a velvety feel to it, but there is no questioning the toughness of this thick leather hide. He belongs to the sub-species, Diceros bicornis bicornis which is recognised as critically endangered - few exist in the wild.
I see the look on their sweating faces – there is an intensity which comes from performing a role which we instinctively know is vital. Despite the activity, there is a reverent silence about us. We are bound by a pact of discretion. What we are doing must not get out, for behind every bush lies a potential poacher, willing to sell his soul to an unknown buyer, for the promise of a quick buck. Africa's children giving our riches to those across the world for their amusement, in an ironic twist, the Cradle of Mankind betraying her birth right.
I recall the well-worn, emotive words of Edmund Burke: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”. I look around at these men and women about me. These are good men and women. How fortunate we are that there are good men and women in South African companies who are willing to make financial contributions to protect our heritage. Unitrans VW & Audi is such a company. Their enthusiastic contribution to the SANParks Honorary Rangers has indelibly impacted on the anti-rhino poaching focus of SANParks in this critical region, for which we are all extremely grateful.
The young bull staggers to his feet under the watchful eye of the hovering chopper. Groggy and confused, the ground party has already cleared the area ensuring that they don’t become the victim of misguided anger. He moves away, seeking thick bush, his drive for preservation fighting to dominate the effects of the lingering anaesthetic. The smell of man is all about – he can’t see them but he pushes through the bush to get far away from the threat. He is fortunate that this encounter with Man, was a friendly one.
As he trots through the hot African bush, puffs of dust around his ankles, we know that this has been a job well done. There is something symbolic about this prehistoric creature - he represents the environment as old as time - surely, if we cannot protect the rhino, we cannot protect what he represents.
Where there's a will, there's a way.
Wayne
Comment: Wayne is a SANPArks Honorary Ranger who recently was involved during the installation of Monitoring equipment on rhino in a SANParks reserve

 

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

What if we believed a Panda's nose had health benefits?


About the Panda Advert
Torsten Fehsenfeld of Roots Branding, the designers of the panda advert for WILDSIDE magazine, talk to the rationale for the advert which was driven by their passion for rhino and a desperate desire to see poaching come to an end. Torsten also explains how you can send this advert on and join the process for change – Let’s win the war on poaching demand.
YOU CAN HELP – MAKE THE CAMPAIGN GO VIRAL: People want to be part of stopping the poaching and to enable that, you are invited not only to become a Wildside Warrior, but visit the website, download the cause advert by Roots Branding, and send to people in authority, media, embassies, and around the world. The download is free of charge.
“The black and white rhinoceros are an integral part of South African culture. It holds emotional as well as economical value to South Africa. A large part of South African tourism is based on our wildlife and especially the Big 5, of which the rhino is one.
With much frustration and a great amount of helplessness we have been, and still are, witnessing the ruthless slaughtering of one of our national treasures, the rhino. The reason for this poaching is the acquisition of the rhino’s horn which in some countries is believed to have (scientifically unsubstantiated) medicinal qualities.
If we can modify the demand for this product, there will be no market for the supply of rhino horn, thus our animals will be safe. Therefore, just as any effective advertising should, our efforts went into targeting the market for the rhino horn product. The market for rhino horn as a medicinal cure has clearly been identified as the Asian market. Therefore it is important to create awareness within that market about the negative effects that we as Africans suffer when the rhino is being poached. The end users of rhino horn may well be completely ignorant to the above mentioned value of this animal and the consequences of using this product.
The creative solution to this was to create an ad which graphically shows the emotional response that we feel when we see our rhinos being slaughtered, by showing the same treatment to another animal, which too holds great significance in other cultures. This advert is one of awareness, not one of “tit for tat”.
The response to the ad will hopefully be one, which may educate and motivate to change consumer behaviour. In order for the advert to be effective, we have had the ad translated into Mandarin, which in turn seems logical, because it is this target audience which we need to reach.
As this topic is one that is heavily laden with emotion, it is important that they are turned into action. Therefore we appeal to everyone to visit www.wildsidesa.co.za where you have the opportunity to send on this advert in both languages to relevant parties. Social media and the internet are powerful tools and addressed to the right channels can create huge public pressure, thus effecting change. One should not underestimate the power of public pressure. It helps the brave and dedicated people in the “front lines” and is a real way of actually making a difference.” Torsten Fehsenfeld, Roots Branding.




Sunday, 15 April 2012

Rhino Wars: Defending the horn


The M&G heads into the bush with a covert anti-poaching unit, battling the scourge of rhino poaching in private reserves in South Africa. These heroes who have given up their family lives to camp out on the frontline are the only thing standing between the rhinos and the poachers.


Saturday, 14 April 2012

Day 33, Kariega Rhino Poaching incident

Kariega's poached rhino, Thandi receiving treatment.Thandi's condition is a cause for hope, but we're not out of the woods yet. Their's many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip as they say. But she seems to be weathering the storm and her body seems to be strong enough to deal with the anasthetic. We should all hold thumbs that this trend continues.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Horrific Slaughtering of our Rhino Cow!!!


Horrific Slaughtering of our Rhino Cow!!!

By York Safaris (Albums) · Yesterday · 



As most of our close friends know, we have taken up the challenge to protect and conserve Rhino. A challenge that is now turning into a war on poaching, we lost this majestic cow on Saturday morning at two am to the hands of ruthless poachers. She leaves behind a 45 day old calf whose future seems very dim. The cowards hacked off her horn with an ax and fled on foot in the shadows of the moonlight. Regardless of the quick reaction time of our anti-rhino poaching units, SAPS, local farmers and friends we could not apprehend these savages. I’d like to thank all those involved and all of you who support our cause to save the Rhino. It is a cause I’m sad to say, WE ARE LOOSING!!! A Kilogram of Rhino Horn is estimated to be worth US$ 50 000-00 the equivalent of R 400 000-00. This Rhino alive was only worth R200 000-00 and had a horn with an estimated street value of US$325 000 or R2.6Million. A sad reality she was worth more dead than alive. Game farmers are not allowed to trade in Rhino horn, despite the fact that it is a product that can be sustainably harvested without harming the Rhino. Wars are won or lost, depending largely on the relative financial strengths or economic power of the opponents involved in the conflict. Poachers and organized crime syndicates reap the rewards of the high value of rhino horn with no cost and little chance of being brought to justice. Game farmers carry the cost of having rhino on their land and must risk their lives and those of their employees to protect these magnificent animals. Please spread the word and get more people behind our crusade to legalize the trade in rhino horn. We need more people to understand that if we can’t generate an income from these animals we can’t save them!!!


The rhino calf was luckily unharmed. As poachers often hack them to death whilst they try to protect their mothers.

The horn was removed by an ax… Animal cruelty at its worst.

Rhino Cow was shot in the side of the head with a 30-06 caliber rifle.

The orphaned rhino calf tries in vain to suckle from its mother’s lifeless corpse.

Game Rancher Barry York with 45 day old calf and its slaughtered mother.

Rhino Cow butchered by poachers.


Lioness




Saturday, 7 April 2012

A Vet's Pledge to a Dying Rhino



A Vet's Pledge to a Dying Rhino
Kariega Game Reserve
UPDATE FRIDAY 6 APRIL 2012 (Posted Saturday 7 April 2012 !2H45)

We received the following from Dr Fowlds.

"Understandably, monitoring Thandi since the last procedure has been more difficult as they have retreated into the thickets again and remain elusive. The reports and photos from Jason show the presence of extens...ive scabbing and some area of dried mud on her face. We can’t confirm the state of maggots as she has not given us the chance to get in close enough but the amount of flies around her head suggest they are laying eggs in these moist wounds.


Thandi was treated with two products which should be helping her now. The first is an injection which treats parasites from the inside of the body and should last 3-4 weeks while the second is an “F10” product which comes in a thick cream/gel form and contains and insecticide. While I have no doubt that the product works well, we do not know how much she was able to absorb into these oozing wounds and how much residual effect the insecticide will have because of this ie how long will it keep killing flies and maggots?


The IDEXX team in Cape Town were able to send us blood test results within 24 hours following the latest procedure which was a great help. With the aid of Prof Fred Reyers we have also been able to do some comparative analysis of her blood tests between the 10th March and the 4th of April samples. The overall interpretation of so many indicators is very complicated and that’s why it has been so important to have an expert helping with these aspects. In very simple terms the levels of active muscle damage have dropped from a reading of 1212 (normal range 60-1074) to 140, which is very good. The one liver damage indicator which was on 49 (normal range 0-31) has come down to 32.


Another indicator of general tissue damage, LDH, has shown a marked improvement from 4484 (200-1176) down to 1563. You may recall that Themba’s reading was 22 500 on the 10th of March. However, what the serum protein electrophoresis results show are that the protein studies warn us that her body is still responding to areas of infection and sepsis. What Themba has shown us is that these areas are not limited to her facial injuries, which we are able to visualise, and for this reason we cannot afford to drop our guard. We must remain vigilant for any signs of change. In spite of her amazing progress, this brave girl is still dealing with a lot and she needs our continuing support.


The final results from Themba’s post mortem have shown that the damage to his muscles also extended to his heart muscle and in the end the complications of this ie heart failure as well as a pneumonia, towards the end, are what became too much for him to cope with. In retrospect, after a microscopic study of his tissues and organs, we now know that his internal injuries were too much for him to deal with. His fight has shown us a determination to live which goes beyond our previous understanding of rhino. This courage is even more admirable now that we know the full extent of his injuries. To my knowledge, what we have learned from Themba is unprecedented and his legacy, if applied to others, will propel the levels of care and accuracy of prognosis into another higher level.


Ultimately though, we all strive to not have to deal with victims of poaching at all. We all fight and dream for the day when there is no man induced suffering of this nature and we are all determined to ensure that the heartache and tragedy of Themba leads to a decrease in suffering for all rhino. As a witness to this horrific ordeal, a man’s heart cannot ever be the same again. The suffering of an animal is etched into my heart in a way that I am not able to process at the moment, and I know that many others feel the same way too both at Kariega and around our traumatised country. However, we have also been witness to the most remarkable human response that I have ever been a part of and so since global awareness is such an important foundation in our war to save the rhino, the story of awareness is equally as important to report on.


To give you an idea of what just one awareness platform, Facebook, has done in the war to win hearts and minds, I offer you these stats from Des Lubbe at Tweeters. In the months preceding the 1st of March poaching, Kariega’s Facebook’s weekly reach showed an average around 2000. In less than 3 weeks this figure had grown to 45 000 and tonight Des reports that this reach, on just Facebook alone, is up to 83 000. When this figure went through the 50 000 mark, the potential reach (ie friends of fans) was over one million (1 055 631) so we could probably extrapolate this current potential to easily more than 1.5 million friends.


Just ten days ago (day 26) I wrote these words when the weekly reach hit 45 000: “The story of three precious rhino who enjoyed life side by side in the green grass of paradise. Three of God’s creation who’s bond with one another allowed poachers to butcher them one after the other. Three magnificent rhino with three very different stories. Who among us, will give up just a fraction of our day to expose their story to the world. Even one more minute to post/forward/share or comment in honour of what they have gone through. These three victims have given us new ammunition to use in fighting this war. Our hearts and minds have been impacted by the reality of their suffering. In a war fought on many fronts, YOU have the ability to make an impact in the battle to win over the hearts and minds of inconsiderate man. You may not be making the bullets but you certainly have the ability to fire the guns.”
Thank you for all those who have given up a fraction of your day, or more, to add momentum to this awareness drive which is exposing the true reality of rhino suffering during this crisis. The world is starting to take notice and demand more information and if we are ever going to see the end of poaching, we have to educate as the basis for all other measures.


In addition to this, the story of Themba and Thandi echoes through many other media channels. Yesterday their story reached many in the UK through ITV news and was shown in the USA via NBC. I know it has also been aired in France and a German company will be filming soon. Countless national news papers have covered their story and other individuals are busy hard at work editing their story for an even bigger push.
I would not be able to share all the accounts I have received of what good people are doing as a result of the inspiration that this story has given them. This is truly remarkable. This is truly motivational and it inspires us to push even harder, and to do even more.


I made a promise to a dying rhino once, his name was Geza, that I would not allow his death to be in vain. I also made a promise to a dead rhino, his name was Themba, that I would make every single day, all 24 days of suffering, count. That I would do everything in my ability to turn suffering into a pain-free future for other rhino. I don’t have a hope of keeping to my word unless I am part of an army of people who feel the same way and are willing to do something about it. This we have seen through the social media stats and we have experienced in the spontaneous response to the “Thandi Rhino” injection fund which is just two days old.


Thank you all for your overwhelming response for rhino to this point. The statistics show us that it is not enough as we count more than 160 dead this year. But what we have achieved gives us a hope which is being fuelled by those around us. The tidal wave continues to build. Sadly the war is far from over, but this Easter weekend, we are able to celebrate in more ways than one, that even in death, and the worst suffering that man can inflict, there is the hope of life. And this hope draws us forward to a better place."


You can follow Dr Fowlds at - http://williamfowldsdaytoday.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Monday, 2 April 2012

Tribute to Vusi (Rhino)



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