Posts Tagged With: 2014

Bright spots in a Dark year

This  was a tough year for rhinos. No doubt about it. The poachings have amounted to over 1100 deaths in 2014. Outrage, grief and frustration weigh on the hearts of all of us, but there is no room for doubt or defeat. For behind the headlines of “another rhino poached”, lie seeds of hope and strength.

*Awareness groups in Vietnam, like ENV (Education for Nature Vietnam), WildAct and WildAid have launched campaigns to raise awareness and change attitudes in Vietnam about rhino horn use.

*The Javan rhino population has increased.

javan rhino

Javan rhino via International Rhino Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*The US (the second largest ivory market in the world) announced a ban on commercial ivory.

*Rhinos Without Borders and And Beyond have aided in the translocation of rhinos into safer, intensive protection zones.

*Interpol is getting involved with seeking out the capture of rhino poachers, recognizing the importance of stopping poaching on a global, criminal level.

*Skukuza has increased the amount of poaching case prosecutions.

skuzuza court

38 poaching suspects appeared in just one day in this Skukuza courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Namibia has devoted a specialist military army to battle poaching in 2015

*The first ever World Youth Rhino Summit was convened, educating and empowering youth throughout multiple countries to be the future leaders in conservation efforts for rhinos.

*Protected areas in Sumatra have not seen any poaching incidents since 2006.

*There have been multiple arrests of poaching kingpins and syndicates; from a kingpin in Tanzania to Kwazu-natal to a syndicate in Czech-Republic.

*The death of Karanja, a 44-year-old black rhino with an intact horn, in the Masai Mara was of natural causes, not poaching.

*Kenya claims a 50% reduction in rhino poaching.

*The first birth of a new rhino at Imire in Zimbabwe, since their 2007 poaching tragedy

Shanu and babe

Mom and baby at Imire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With combined efforts, Fight for Rhinos is gearing up for 2015 to be a year of change. Together with Helping Rhinos, RPA, WildAct and you we can make a difference. “Endelea Kupigana” (Keep fighting)!

 

 

 

 

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Stop the Poaching

final 2014 poaching

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The Year Ahead: 2014 Starting with a Bang

ffr and helping rhinoBeginning January 1st, US based Fight for Rhinos will be teaming up with UK based Helping Rhinos. We will be coming together to unify efforts in our battle to save the rhinos.

Since poaching is not a singular issue, Helping Rhinos supports multiple campaigns including:

*Reserve Protections Agency

*Game Reserves United

*Ol’ Pejeta Conservancy

*South African National Parks (SANParks)  (Helping Rhinos is the only UK charity to be partnering with them)

It is our belief that the way of progress lies in organizations working together to support funds, ideas, and programs in order to have the best chance at success with rhino conservation.

We look forward to sharing the success stories and bringing tangible benefits of our partnership with you in 2014 and beyond!

rhino duo in sun

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