Towering over the exhibition site, the 9.7m tall #Parabot has come to AAD with a purpose: to raise awareness of the plight of Africa’s endangered wildlife, particularly the rhino. The problem is huge: so far this year more than 760 rhinos have been taken by poachers in South Africa, and the Kruger National Park has borne the brunt.
Topped with a giant horn, the one-tonne ‘Transformer’- like #Parabot is based on Paramount Group’s Mbombe 6 armoured vehicle. As well as standing as a timely symbol of resistance to the rhino trade just days before World Rhino Day on 22 September, #Parabot also highlights the part the defence industry can play in stopping poaching by providing equipment, technology and training....
A local man who by day works at Disney's Animal Kingdom caring for rhinos is spending his off time helping ensure the survival of the rhinoceros. Chad Harmon of the Horns and Heroes Project is making a global difference through art by enlisting the help of a local business and creative talents of different types of artists. Rhino busts were cast from molds at a local business, then handed out to sculptors, photographers, illustrators, and tattoo and graffiti artists.
The fight to save the rhino goes way beyond the protection of a species. It is inextricably tied to our South African heritage. There are those who would ask why, with all the challenges we face as a country to build a better life for all: do we place the conservation of animals at the center of national debate.
The answer is a simple one. It is because protection of our natural resources lies at the heart of what makes us South Africans: our love for this beautiful land. Which is why we will not be complacent as our national security is breached, and criminals decimate our wildlife, among the most abundant in the world.
South Africa has always been, and remains, the home of the rhino. Despite the onslaught of human encroachment over the centuries, and man’s often-cruel pursuit of these animals, they have endured. And here, in the southernmost tip of Africa, they are home. Eighty-two percent of Africa’s rhino can be found in South Africa. Ninety three percent of white rhino and 39% of black rhino are here.
It is everyone’s responsibility. Far too many elephants, rhinos, and other animals are dying at the hands of poachers. And this senseless slaughter has ripple effects throughout society.
As President Barack Obama has said, wildlife trafficking is truly a cross-cutting issue that undermines security across nations. Here in Kenya, poaching endangers this country’s natural heritage, but also jeopardizes jobs for the many Kenyans working in wildlife tourism. Communities are caught in the crosshairs of violence. Park rangers are killed. For all these reasons, stopping poaching is critical to Kenya, to the region, and to the world....
WINDHOEK- If Rhinos could talk, what will they say? Will they tell us the love lost at the hand of the poacher? To save our rhinos Spoken Word, in collaboration with Institute for the Environment, Integrated Environmental Consultants Namibia (IECN) presented Love not lost: A rhino’s love story last Saturday at the Warehouse Theatre. The poets presented passionate and soulful poetry to help save the rhino. They expressed their feeling and sympathy for the rhino that are being killed for their horns.
Two men arrested for suspected rhino poaching have escaped from police cells at Vaalwater outside Lephalale in Limpopo.
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
We ask, "How can this happen?"
My mother who just returned from Europe says that in some countries there after two speeding tickets you lose your driver's license... for life. Not only that, your car is confiscated and auctioned off.
Political will... there really is something to it!
A celebrated Vietnamese singer is in South Africa to observe rhinos in the wilderness and speak out against the rampant poaching of the animal and the use of its horns among Asian countries, including Vietnam
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
Hope she's able to make a difference when she gets home.
South African billionaire Johann Rupert, chairman of the Peace Parks Foundation, said the conservation group has returned about $2 million in funding from the Dutch Postcode Lottery after a method it backed to combat rhino poaching failed.
Yahoo Travel has launched a new video series, “A Broad, Abroad,” featuring Editor-in-Chief Paula Froelich, the first travel adventure show with a female lead.
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“In this sad saga, rhinos and South Africa are the only losers. The 500 rhinos that could have been removed this year remain trapped in the Kruger in a raging war of bullets.”
— Dr Hector Magome
Confusion around the SANParks sale and removal of 260 rhinos has deepened after the man accused of making an unauthorised decision to sell the Kruger National Park animals has spoken out in his defence....
Rhino poachers in South Africa now risk giving themselves away when they shoot thanks to a high-tech, gunfire-detection system being piloted in the country’s flagship Kruger National Park.
The stakes are high, for rhinos are being slain in escalating numbers for their prized horns, alarming both conservationists and the government since wildlife in South Africa is an important tourist draw.
“ShotSpotter”, a product of privately-held California company SST Incorporated, has previously been used in crime-ridden urban US neighbourhoods to alert police to weapons fire...
Wildlife Margrit's insight:
Hmm! Another "after the rhino is dead" system to catch poachers!