Face book; OSCAP Rhino Need Our Help – Petitions To Sign

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“Please, sign the petitions below for & on behalf of OSCAP & my animal warrior sister; Louise Du Toit! “

OSCAP is a facebook group that supports Rhino Rescue Project in an attempt to quell the scourge of poaching in South Africa. Rhino Rescue Project offers a holistic horn treatment that will help save our Rhino from poaching. We believe that this is one of the tools that can be used to curb poaching.

Our aim is to put a stop Rhino Hunting in South Africa, maintain a Moratorium on Rhino Trade both locally and internationally and to keep people informed on the crisis that the Rhino are in. Rhino horn is not medicine and cannot be traded as such. Stockpiles should be burnt and our Rhino’s must be protected at all costs from becoming yet another animal to be added to the extinction list.



The South African rhino horn syndicate case involving game farmer Marnus Steyl, professional hunter Harry Claassens, and Thai nationals Chumlong Lemtongthai, Punpitak Chunchom, and Tool Sriton came to a close on Friday 9th November 2012 with charges being withdrawn against Mr Marnus Steyl and a guilty plea was entered by Chumlong Lemgtonthai. We believe that despite the 40 year sentence that Mr Lemtongthai received that justice has not been served by the withdrawal of charges against Mr Steyl.

26 Rhinos were killed for the purpose of getting the horns onto the illegal rhino horn market in Asia.

Below is a link to disturbing video footage of just of 1 of the 26 Rhino that were killed in a so-called “legal” rhino trophy hunt, carried out at the behest of an international wildlife trafficking syndicate:

(Same video as last post)




The MEC of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism of the North West Province, Ms. Motlalepula Rosho by her inaction and refusal to accept compelling evidence and argument laid before her in the Legislature of the North West Province with regard to corruption and criminality in her department, MUST be removed forthwith.

She treats her mandate and duty with contempt and entertains International Criminals in “her” Province by handing out Hunting Permits willy nilly. She does not understand her obligations in terms of Section 24 of our Constitution and by this brings shame on our Country.



The pro-trade lobby has tried to justify rhino horn trade in economic terms. These justifications are based on flawed & dangerous assumptions and often proposed by those with a vested financial interest in trade.

Legalizing trade will prevent poachingOn the contrary, legalizing trade has the potential to increase poaching to unsustainable levels by increasing demand and potentially even raising prices which will see a decline in rhinoceros populations. At face value, legalizing trade could bring much needed funding to South African National Parks and reserves. Notwithstanding the real risks and unintended consequences it would be morally reprehensible, highly irregular and irresponsible to promote trade at any time into the foreseeable future before other more sustainable sources of revenue are thoroughly investigated.

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Rhino slaughter in South Africa sets savage pace: 455 so far this year

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A rhino orphanage has opened in South Africa’s northern province of Limpopo — the first of its kind in the world. NBC’s Rohit Kachroo reports.

Poachers have killed 455 rhinos so far this year in South Africa — more than half in a single national park — topping last year’s mark of 448, South Africa announced this week. The rhinos are killed for their horns, which fetch thousands of dollars and are ground up as a purported treatment for illnesses and hangovers.

Kruger National Park, the crown jewel of the country’s park system, saw 272 killings, South African National Parks said in a report Tuesday.

The World Wildlife Fund urged South Africa to provide more on-the-ground protection and to press Vietnam, which has become the main destination for rhino horns.

“WWF is concerned that the memorandum of understanding with Vietnam for collaborative action against illegal rhino horn trade remains unsigned,” Jo Shaw, the group’s rhino coordinator in South Africa, said in a statement. “There is also an urgent need for law enforcement actions by neighbouring countries which are implicated as transit routes for illegal trade in rhino horn, specifically Mozambique.”

The group did praise South Africa for a spike in poaching arrests, but added that a key test will be what happens in a trial that begins Friday.

In South Africa, home to three quarters of the last remaining rhinos on the planet, a spike in rhino poaching is threatening the white rhino’s survival. Rising demand for the lucrative rhino horn in places such as Vietnam has led to a drastic increase in poaching. Traditional medicine systems in Asia promote the horn as having special healing powers. Gram for gram, rhino horn is more valuable on the black market in Asia than cocaine or gold. More than 400 rhinos were killed last year in South Africa, leaving conservationists, security forces and private game reserve owners scrambling to protect the animal. Harry Smith reports.

Dubbed the “Groenewald Gang,” a safari tour operator, veterinarians, professional hunters and a helicopter pilot face charges related to the killing of 20 rhinos.

The world is watching to see that South Africa is prepared to prosecute rhino crimes to the fullest extent of the law and take these crimes seriously as an affront to South Africa’s national heritage,” Shaw said.

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Video Link:-http://video.msnbc.msn.com/rock-center/46490720#46490720

Poaching of rhino horns and elephant tusks has increased across Africa and Asia as demand has risen in recent years.

In South Africa, just 13 rhinos were slaughtered in 2007, followed by 83 in 2008. The number has steadily increased since then.

Shaw noted that while “more rhinos are being born than are dying” in South Africa, that could change. “We are approaching the critical tipping point where rhino numbers go into decline and would undermine conservation efforts.”

News Link:-http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/17/14508622-rhino-slaughter-in-south-africa-sets-savage-pace-455-so-far-this-year?lite

Anatomical impact of horn poaching in rhinos based on CT scanning

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“With the recent tragic deaths of 4 more Rhino being killed, (literally for the same thing our finger nails grow of,)  this video shows just how much the rhino suffer at poachers hands. One might think taking off the horn with an electric saw or similar would not have much effect on the rhino, if done properly & professionally by vets, it doesn’t…but when done by ugly poachers who don’t care about the rhino after they have their treasure etc. it has a huge impact of their survival rate.

Remember Themba & Thandi, (links below) the 2 rhino found wandering around with their horns hacked off. Sadly Themba (HOPE) suffered a leg injury on the night he was poached and as a result of infection passed away on the morning of the 26 of March 2012 . six months after their brutal attack, Thandi continues to show incredible fighting strength and miraculous recovery, she was one of a very few, lucky ones.”

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http://bit.ly/V47Kxy. This video presents an animation that seeks to replicate the anatomical impact of rhino-horn poaching, drawing on experience with the rhinos that were poached at the Kariega Game Reserve.

Rhinos are being injured and killed at an alarming rate to satisfy the illegal trade in rhino horn. This video is intended to draw attention to new, freely-available anatomical resources that can help in the treatment and care of rhinoceroses, as well as in the education of the public.

WitmerLab at Ohio University partnered with O’Bleness Hospital in Athens, OH, to generate the most complete CT scan dataset ever collected for an adult rhinoceros head (http://on.fb.me/H4kTks).

We scanned the head completely from front to back with slices only 300 microns (= 0.3 mm = 0.0118 inches) thick. The subject was Kehtla, a male white rhinoceros well known to generations of Phoenix, AZ, residents. In 1963, he was brought as a two-year-old from Natal, South Africa, to the Phoenix Zoo.

He passed away from cancer in 2003 at the age of 42. At that time, his head was air-freighted to WitmerLab for anatomical study. We removed the horns for a study published in 2006 (http://bit.ly/bnlspj) on how rhino horns grow and attach to the skull.

To generate this movie, four different CT scan datasets were assembled by Ryan Ridgely using Avizo (http://on.fb.me/GZMmoi).

The full CT dataset is available from WitmerLab, as are high resolution slice movies comparable to this movie. For news from WitmerLab, visit http://www.ohio.edu/witmerlab or our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/witmerlab).

If you want to help the rhinos, go here:http://www.kariega.co.za/about-us/help-save-our-rhino-project.




Poachers kill four rhinos in G’town reserve

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FOUR rhinos were found lying side by side  in the veld near Grahamstown yesterday  with their horns cut off. 

KILLING FIELDS: Police investigators conduct tests on the four rhinos that were found in the veld with their horns cut off near Grahamstown yesterday Picture: DAVID MACGREGOR

An early morning drive at Lalibela Game Reserve turned to a horror show for a group  of tourists and their guide when they came  across three rhinos lying dead and a fourth  “kicking and frothing from the nasal cavity” as it clung to life – a mere 500m from the  busy N2.

There was initial suspicion that a nearby  watering hole may have been poisoned,  however later yesterday it was confirmed  the animals had in fact been darted.

A team of at least 20 police, Green Scorpions and conservationists yesterday took  blood from the dead rhino and water samples from eight nearby dams on the 7500  hectare reserve to determine if the watering  holes had been poisoned, which could have  posed a risk to the other Big Five game on  the property.

Devastated Lalibela head ranger Kelly  Pote said the way the rhinos were found lying side by side in the bush was very  strange.

Pote described a heart-wrenching phone  call to majority shareholder Rick van Zyl  and Eastern Cape Nature Conservation to  get consent to put the suffering eight-year- old female out of her misery. “It was very  upsetting for the whole team of rangers.”

Although 388 rhinos have been poached in  South Africa this year the Eastern Cape has  up until now got off relatively lightly – with only three other rhinos poached in one  incident at nearby Kariega Game Reserve  several months ago.

The latest incident brings the number of  rhino poached in the Eastern Cape this year to seven – with just one rhino, Thandi,  surviving the ordeal.

Lalibela marketing manager Susan Pattison-Wait said poachers braved lions and other wild animals to get to the rhino.

Reserve shareholder Vernon Wait said  the lure of money had led to sophisticated  poaching syndicates taking amazing risks to get their hands on rhino horns, which sold  for huge prices on the black market in the  Far East. He said senior provincial police  had vowed to allocate massive resources  and staff to try and solve the case.

Sunshine Coast rhino campaigner Jo Wilmot, who raised thousands of rands at World Rhino Day over the weekend to fight poaching, said she was shocked when she  heard the news.

The poachers are believed to have accessed the property from the nearby N2  during the night and speculation is they used sophisticated night vision equipment to prevent detection as they worked under  the cloak of darkness. —  david@livewire.co.za

News Link:http://www.dispatch.co.za/poachers-kill-four-rhinos-in-gtown-reserve/

From Kariega Game Reserve Face Book

During the course of the day, the professionals who conducted the investigation managed to piece together what occurred at Lalibela Game Reserve last night.

Poachers entered Lalibela, probably in the early hours of the morning, and darted and tranquilized the 4 rhino. The rhino grouped together in a typically protective formation and collapsed under the effects of the tranquilizer.

Most likely, whilst still alive, they were all de-horned by the poachers using saws. 3 of the 4 rhinos were dead when they were discovered at 08:30 this morning. The 4th, a pregnant cow, was still alive but barely so.

We communicated this to the Dept. of Environmental Affairs and were given the go-ahead to euthanize the cow. Our head ranger, Kelly Pote, was given the unpleasant task of putting the cow out of her painful misery. The loss of these 4 rhinos is a devastating blow for rhino conservation.

Those are the facts but they do not, in any way, express the absolute sense of loss, devastation and outrage felt by the staff at Lalibela, by our past guests, by our friends and colleagues in the conservation industry, and by the public at large.

We are so grateful for the deluge of messages of support received during the day from all over the world. We are mindful that the loss of 4 of our rhino today constitutes only 1% of the total number of rhino poached in South Africa this year.

As custodians of these creatures, we appeal to you to tell whoever you can about the plight of the rhino and to do whatever you can to stop the carnage.

We apologise if this photograph offends you – but this is the reality of what occured.



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“Please, watch the video below, then share with everyone you know…we must do everything we can to protect these magnificent animals!”

Published on 13 Jun 2012 by 

This movie was produced by UNTV in collaboration with the CITES Secretariat in an effort to raise public awareness of the current crisis faced by rhinoceros through illegal killing and international trade in rhino horn. The movie was be first shown on 18 June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro on the occasion of the Rio+20 Conference.

Poster Link:- https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3732595365739&set=a.1034940406051.7137.1601675879&type=1

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Wills: Stop killing rhino | The Sun |News

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PRINCE William has slammed people involved in illegally trading rhino horn — saying: “My message to them is simply ‘Stop’.”

The Duke of Cambridge added they were “extremely ignorant, selfish and utterly wrong”.

Black rhinos are critically endangered in the wild because of the soaring price of their hornworth more than gold due to demand in some countries.

It is perceived to have medicinal properties and in some Asian countries is believed to hold a cure for cancer and act as an aphrodisiac.

Poaching has had a dramatic impact on all rhino populations in the wild and it is believed they could soon be extinct if they continue to be killed.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Wills, 29, said of people buying or poaching rhino horn: “I think they are extremely ignorant. I think they are selfish. I think they are wrong, totally and utterly wrong.

“It makes me very angry, it’s a waste.”

He added: “If we don’t do something about them it is going to be a tragic loss for everyone.

“My message to them is simply ’Stop’.

“It’s a message about educating people and understanding that when you buy that rhino horn, or when you buy that ivory, you are taking this from an animal that has been slaughtered for this decorative ornament you have on your mantelpiece and you have at home — is that really what you desire and what you feel is right in the world?”

via Wills: Stop killing rhino | The Sun |News.


Say no to legalising trade in rhino horn – Please sign petition

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Why this is important

The pro-trade lobby has tried to justify rhino horntrade in economic terms. These justifications are based on flawed & dangerous assumptions and often proposed by those with a vested financial interest in trade.Legalizing trade will prevent poaching – On the contrary, legalizing trade has the potential to increase poaching to unsustainable levels by increasing demand and potentially even raising prices which will see a decline in rhinoceros populations. At face value, legalizing trade could bring much needed funding to South African National Parks and reserves. Notwithstanding the real risks and unintended consequences it would be morally reprehensible, highly irregular and irresponsible to promote trade at anytime into the foreseeable future before other more sustainable sources of revenue are thoroughly investigated.

Demand will remain stable – Advocates of legalized trade predict that free trade will increase supply to such an extent that prices will drop. This prediction relies on a dangerous assumption that demand will not grow significantly in the future and that there is enough horn to satisfy demand. When illegal markets are legalized, new consumers enter the market thereby increasing demand, possibly even raising prices. The incentive to cease illegal trade fails when prices rise. The truth is, demand data is inaccurate or unknown, and arguments about lowering prices by increasingly supply only hold true if demand is predictable.

All trade will be legal – Advocates of trade suggest that legal rhino horn sold through a Centralized Selling Organization (CSO) will eradicate illegal trade on the black market. However, restrictions on market participants and the quantities sold will drive those excluded from legal horn trade underground. The black market will not be subject to any taxes and /or levies and will thus enjoy greater profitability. The notion that legalizing trade will eliminate illegal trade displays an ignorance of how organized crime works and is naïve at best.

On this basis alone any formal consideration of legalized trade is misguided, dangerous and could lead to increased demand and, ultimately, the extinction of the rhinoceros in the wild.

We call on the government of South Africa to take the precautionary route and reject any changes to the current annotations as set out in CITES Appendix II relating to the SA population of white rhino and not permit ANY commercial trade in rhino horn.

Elephants and rhinos face extinction according to experts

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According to a new report which has been put forward by experts, tens of thousands of elephants were killed last year and both elephants and rhinos face the threat of extinction.

The African wildlife crisis is clearly on the high as alarm bells have already started ringing in the case of the extinction of elephants and rhinos. According to a new report by the global body tracking endangered species organization, around tens of thousands of elephants were likely slaughtered just last year. The reason for their slaughtering is their tusks. Rhinos are also a target for these killings as their horns are in high demand due to their medicinal benefits.

The report was presented on Thursday to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, calling for action so that this mass slaughter of these animals can be stopped.

The reason why poachers are after these two animals is that prices of their horns have sky-rocketed due to demand in Asia. In Asia, the elephants’ tusks are used as ornaments and are considered exquisite while the rhino horns are used in traditional medicines.

The poachers attack these animals and kills them and later just chop of their tusks and leave the corpse behind. The trade of these animal’s tusks and horns is illegal but their demand is pushing the illegal trade and putting these animals to extinction. John Scanlon, the secretary-general of the C0nvention on International Trade in Endangered Species said that there are just 25,000 rhinos left in this world and their extinction could come ‘during the lifetime of our children’. He further noted that in Africa alone, around 448 rhinos were killed last year, whereas this number had just been 13 in 2007.

In a recent smuggling incident, Kenya said that around 359 elephant tusks had been caught at Sri Lanka and it was identified that the shipment had come from Kenya.

“We have slid into an acute crisis with the African elephant that does not appear to be on many people’s radar in the U.S.,” added Iain Douglas-Hamilton, founder of Save the Elephants, according to a report by msnbc.com. “What’s happening to the elephants is outrageous, and the more so since we have been through these ivory crises before and should have found solutions by now.”

All the participants in the conference urged the U.S. to take notice of this problem and take timely action. The U.S. can help by pressing other nations, particularly China and Thailand to crack down on this trade and impose strict punishments and restrictions on it.

News Link:-http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/05/25/18714096.php

A tribute to Dr Fowlds and Themba

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” This is along post, but worthy of the space & hopefully of the your time taken to read it. The Kariega Foundation –  The harsh reality of poaching & the suffering felt; not just by the animal but of those that try their hardest to save them.  This was one brave little Rhino who tried in vain, to stay with the hero’s who came to his aid.  A very sad loss!”

The Kariega Foundation has launched a special fund dedicated solely to Thandi and Themba in an effort to give them the best possible care and chance for survival.

On Friday the 2nd of March 2012 one cow and two bull rhino’s were poached at Kariega. Tragically, one bull was fatally wounded and died during the course of the night, whilst the remaining two were severely injured, but miraculously survived and are fighting for their lives. Wildlife veterinary expert, Doctor William Fowlds has been working tirelessly with the Kariega team to give these survivors the best possible care and chance for recovery. If both rhino’s are to be fully rehabilitated, it will be a long process (at least 2 months of intensive intervention and care).

The bravery of these animals has been unbelievable, and inspired our rangers to nickname them Thandiswa and Themba, two beautiful Xhosa names meaning courage and hope.

Caring for Thandi and Themba

We have been asked by many people and organisations about how they can help to save Thandi and Themba and rhino generally. In response to this overwhelming support, and in an effort to give our rhinos the absolute best care and chance possible the Kariega Foundation has created a special fund dedicated solely for the care and rehabilitation of these rhino. We will in any event do whatever is necessary and advised by Dr Fowlds, but any contributions will be greatly appreciated. It is estimated that their full treatment and rehabilitation over the next few months (if they are to recover) could exceed R250 000.

While Kariega’s current priority lies in caring for Thandi and Themba and providing them with the best possible care, we realise that their suffering is part of the much broader issue of rhino poaching – an issue which we cannot fight alone. Kariega actively supports the Forever Wild rhino campaign of the Wilderness Foundation and the Rhino Project of the Endangered Wildlife Trust. Both are incredible organisations which have our full trust and support in all their commendable endeavours toward saving the rhino. Any funds collected by the Kariega Foundation for Thandi and Themba which are in excess of their care and rehabilitation, will be paid over to these organisations in a bid to protect rhino everywhere, and save the species from extinction

Via:- Caring for Thandi and Themba

We, Kariega Game Reserve, are releasing this footage in an effort to spread the utter heartache felt by all the Kariega team, and as a tribute to Dr William Fowlds and all of our team that had to endure this!

We are so grateful to all out there that have supported us !
We are indebted to PAUL MILLS the videographer that filmed these images. This is what he wrote after filming this!

This footage is courtesy of Paul Mills

“The saddest news is that Themba, the male Rhino from Kariega died this morning. We went to see him yesterday and he seemed to be holding on, and his blood test results from Tuesday seemed to indicate that he was in some way winning the fight. But observation of his condition meant that we went to see him yesterday, unsure whether or not he should be euthanized. Will decided to assess his behaviour, and for his efforts was chased on few occasions. Because he demonstrated such spunky behaviour, he had a treatment and we left him.

The last time I saw him alive, he was standing in this beautiful landscape, with the sun shining.
In order to relieve the pain from his leg, he went into the watering hole, as he has done in the past. Sadly, he just didn’t have the strength to pull himself out of the water and apparently drowned. The people at Kariega are in shock, I am in shock.

We were all crying, I am crying now writing this. For me he was a personal symbol of the ability to fight against all odds. Yesterday I wrote on the update video that my hope was that he would be a success story. The update video was about to go out this morning when I got the call from Will. I know that Will Fowlds is particularly affected by this turn of events. He was weeping aloud while talking to me about this. Ironically the name Themba means hope”.

Letter From Dr. Fowlds about Themba’s passing

“Themba’s passing has been desperately tragic and I know that everyone at Kariega is hurting badly having been so intimately involved in his personal struggle to survive. Having deliberated so much about putting him to sleep the day before, his inability to get himself out of the waterhole was a clear indication that he had grown too weak to manage even the simple things he was used to doing.

As I said on day 23 the benefit of hindsight would be the judge of my decisions and now that all information has been revealed, I have to concede that I made the wrong call two days ago. This is my burden, and mine alone.

From the start of this campaign to save these animals we have been determined to ensure that whatever the outcome, I would consult with as many people as possible, give whatever treatment we thought was necessary and ensure that whatever we learned from Themba and Thandi would be used to improve the chances of future survivors. To be true to this promise, under very difficult circumstances, I conducted a post mortem on him with the aid of some of the Kariega team who have been close to him.

What I found hidden under his thick protective skin, has extended my admiration for him even further. The evidence of that first night of assault and what his body endured as he lay there, weakened by pain, loss of blood and the poacher’s drugs, was astounding. It could never be ascertained how long he has been in that position against his left side with his back leg under the weight of his body, so we never knew the exact extent of his injuries. Our normal options to x-ray or scan his body, as we would a smaller animal or pet, simply were not available to us given the size of him. We did our best to use conventional tests on bloods cells and serum to try and get an indication of the extent and progress of conditions not visible from the outside. But the harsh truth of it all, is that Themba’s injuries we far more extensive and far more severe than any of these indicators were able to tell us.

Not only was his bad leg severely damaged by the absence of life giving blood on that first night, he also had extensive damage to the muscles down the left side of his rib cage (intercostals) as well as muscle damage into his left front leg (pectoral muscle groups). The fact that he was able to move as well as he did in the front part of his body is a testimony to the resilience of this rhino. What the post mortem has revealed is that he would never have regained adequate use of his leg and in my mind, with this information now at hand, I now know that his passing was a blessing.

We buried him where he lay and as the ground proudly accepted him back, he took with him the tension that had become a part of that beautiful valley for the past 24 days.

This ordeal he has endured, set in motion by the senseless greed of men who know nothing of their suffering and probably don’t care, this fight which has revealed to us a will to survive beyond our previous comprehension, this tragedy which has captured the hearts of so many; what will his story teach us? What will Themba’s legacy be?

Does that will to survive not tell us the story of his ancestors, who survived when hundreds of thousands of others didn’t? Does his ability to hide such extensive injuries not tell us of a species who have been through the worst of what man and nature could throw at them and made it? Is his story not entwined with other stories that tell of the good side of man, which show that when we do care enough, we do have the ability to bring species like this back from the brink? Themba fought with such bravery to overcome that which the poachers stole from him. Kariega stood with him and gave him the best chance that they could offer him. Many others poured their time and assistance in helping us be the best we could be for him, and still we failed. Still I failed.

The past day’s events have taken me to the lowest point of my battle to help save a species. I know many others feel the same. What we do now is the true test of our resolve to overcome the evil that threatens to overwhelm the worlds remaining rhino. Our ability to act, to actually do something to make a difference, will be the measure of who we are.

On Day 14 I wrote, “Themba and Thandi, surrounded by all we value in nature, live on as icons of animal suffering and the determination to survive. They stand guard at the gate, one strong and one weak, that will lead to the demise of thousands more species because of our apathy. They are adopted, as champions of a cause which goes far beyond “Saving the Rhino” because if we don’t save the Rhino, who move us to this extent, what hope do we have of saving the rest.”

Even though Themba’s life is ended, he has moved us and his legacy lives on. From now on we focus all our treatment efforts on Thandi, even more determined to keep searching for ways to do better for rhino than what we currently can. The legacy of Themba, and all he has taught us, remains at the gate, with Thandi, reminding us of our shortcomings, motivating us to do more, so much more. My promise to him was that I will do everything that I possibly can to make every single day that he suffered count.

I gave two talks to schools today one at Kingwood College and one at St Andrews Prep. Over 600 school children who face the very real possibility of their adult lives devoid of rhino. These young lives are hungry to help save this species and what a powerful force they could be. After the second talk the boys of St Andrews Prep placed out almost 900 crosses along the side of the busy road which passes the school. Each cross representing a rhino killed by poachers since the beginning of 2010. Themba who has carried the heaviest of crosses, is represented there with so many others in the killing fields, a symbol of our shame, an icon of their struggle, an ambassador with the freedom to take their story around the world…with your help.

Via:- Letter from Dr William Fowlds

End The Poaching And Smuggling Of Rhino Horns

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Target:  Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

Goal:  Stop the illegal smuggling of rhino horns

Poaching of rhinoceros for their horns in southern Africa has been on the rise. Horns are smuggled and sold to buyers who believe the horns hold medical properties. This week seven arrests were made in four states following an 18 month investigation by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and Homeland Security. The demand for rhino horn needs to be quelled, and poaching of rhinoceros needs to end, otherwise remaining rhinoceros will continue on their path to extinction. The recent arrests in the US are a positive sign that smuggling will not be tolerated in this country.

However, the source of the problem lies in countries who value the horns, and countries that have rhino populations. In 2011 341 rhinos were killed in South Africa national parks.  In comparison, only 36 rhinos were killed in 2005. These numbers are increasing due to the demands of countries in Asia and the middle east. Countries such as China and Vietnam believe ground rhino horn can cure cancer. Rhino horns are used in the middle east to make the handles of ornamental daggers. One kilogram of rhino horn can bring in $35,000 on the black market. The trafficking of rhinoceros horn violates federal law and all species of rhinoceros are protected under international law. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, which regulates rhino horn trade, must stop all illegal poaching and smuggling of rhino horn.

Demand for rhino horn is at an all time high for reasons that are useless and antiquated. The belief that rhino horn can cure cancer is absurd since the horns are made of keratin, the same material human fingernails are composed of, and there is no evidence that keratin has any medicinal properties. For this, rhinos are shot with tranquilizer darts and their horns are sawed off leaving them to bleed to death.

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