The man is Jeremy Taylor and he has decided to donate his middle-age milestone to rhinos. "Rather than just spending my 40th thinking, 'ugh, I'm 40,' I wanted to put a positive spin on it," Taylor told The Dodo....
Conservation know-how and political will can help animals battling the threat of dwindling populations to survive...
“The most wonderful thing about Tiggers is I’m the only one,” boasts AA Milne’s exuberant creation. But Hundred Acre Wood is the only habitat where devastatingly low population figures are a subject of joy and mirth. For species like the northern white rhino, with only five individuals left in the world, the struggle for survival is no laughing matter.
Smaller populations are more vulnerable to environmental catastrophes, the negative consequences of inbreeding and even sheer bad luck, such as randomly skewed sex ratios. “If there are very few of you and you all have offspring, there is a good chance that maybe all those offspring will be one sex,” explains Dr Philip Stephens from Durham University....
The recent arrest of another two suspects on charges related to rhino poaching indicates that the task teams formed to deal with the crime are hard at work and that their work is bearing fruit‚ police said.
“Please, let’s stop talking about illegal trade in wildlife. It’s not illegal trade – it’s crime,” says John Sellar, an independent anti-smuggling, fraud and organised crime consultant who spoke at a breakfast seminar organised by the South African Institute of International Affairs and the Conservation Action Trust in Cape Town last month.
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
Let's call a spade a spade... it simply is not a shovel!
The annual Rhino Charge has over the past 27 years established itself as a prime fund raising event, supporting initially just conservation but of late also supporting the different host communities, where the annual event is being held....
By working on a proposal to CITES to legalise trade in rhino horn, South Africa could actually be fueling rhino poaching....
Last month, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) announced a committee to investigate legal trade in rhino horn. If approved, a trade proposal will be presented at the next CITES congress in 2016.
International trade in rhino horn has been banned by CITES since 1977.
The decision to investigate such a proposal was made two years ago by the South African government, and a “secret” committee has been meeting since April 2014. The original 10 members were never revealed, but journalists uncovered the identity of five, all of whom turned out to be pro-trade.
Now the publically announced committee includes the original pro-trade members, plus other even more dubious appointments, such as committee chair Nana Mangomola, who was suspended from the National Gambling Board after irregular audit findings....
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
The Pro-Trade debate:
The dubious 'secret' committee members are revealed... and it doesn't smell good!
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