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Care and Share

UnlessWill caring about poaching, stop it? Well, it’s a start. Using the Google Trends tool, rhino poaching stats from 2010 -2014 were plotted against the online public interest on the topic.
According to Ayesha Cantor, It seems that when public interest is at its lowest then poaching is highest and vice versa. You could then conclude that rhino poaching must stay in the public eye in order to keep it under control.
(Thank you to Simon Naylor (Phinda) and Declan Hofmeyer (Madikwe) for pointing this out. )

Rhino poaching and google interest graphSo what does this mean? It means social media is one heck of a marketing tool for our rhinos. Its the most effective global means to get the message out!

care arrowsBottom line: as discouraging as it gets, public pressure works. We must sign petitions, share stories and articles, and bring the plight of our rhinos to each and everyone.

It IS working!

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Why Should I Care?

One of the biggest obstacles I’ve experienced in my calling to bring awareness to the crisis of rhino poaching is apathy. Often I hear “Why should I care?” There are other things happening in the world-cancer, rape, poverty…the rhino is “just an animal”.

My answer is this: firstly yes, the world is riddled with problems. Everyone carries their own passion for something. One person may wage the war on poverty, while another aims to bring attention to breast cancer. That does NOT mean they don’t care about anything else, just that they have a specific concern that’s close to their hearts. Mine is obviously rhinos.2 rhinos long horn

Secondly there are a multitude of reasons for everyone to care about rhinos; it goes much deeper than “just an animal”.

1. The Rhino is considered an Umbrella Species. This means if you take them out of the picture it will heavily affect the integrity of ecosystems and the survival of other species.

2. People will not stop with Rhino. If they become extinct, the poaching will not end, it will simply carry over to a “replacement” species. The Asian market is the biggest threat to rhino due to the myths of the horn curing ailments, this belief already carries over to using other animals as well , they would simply turn to more of that. The decimation of other species would be imminent.

3. The poaching and demand for horn and ivory is linked to terrorism and drug activity.  The groups “sponsoring” and profiting from the horn are using it to fund their organizations, which are terrorist groups and drug cartels.

4. People affected by the poaching crisis are being murdered, not “just the animals”. The rangers are being killed, the poachers are being killed. Now this insatiable demand has even prompted individuals to attempt to steal horns from museums and zoos, which are putting employees at these places in danger as well.

5. The Rhino is an economic value to the people of Africa. Just as some people unfortunately find a dollar value to the death of the creature, the people of Africa can benefit from the life of them through the tourism industry. The safaris are marketed to people wanting to see the “Big 5”, of which the Rhino is one of.

6. It is our personal responsibility to future generations to care for our planet. It is very possible the next generation may not ever see a rhino, except in a book. The same reasons we should care about pollution, recycling, environment preservation…

So kudos to each of you who wage your own war; “Endelea Kupigana” (Swahili for Keep Fighting)! Mine is rhinos, and until there is a universal understanding of the importance of saving the rhino, I will persevere.

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Extinction is Forever

Gone rhino

     Do you remember the story of the dolphin caught in a net who lost his tail? He was fitted with a prosthetic one.
People banned together to make it happen. They even made a movie about it.

What about Prada the pitbull who faced euthanasia? Her life was saved after an outpouring of public support.
There were multiple petitions. I signed one, actually I probably signed a couple.

It’s uplifting to see people come together, especially to rescue the helpless or injured creatures of the
world. In fact it renews my faith in humanity.

But what about when the survival of an entire species depends on us? What do we do? When does someone come
running to help then? We are witnessing the intentional annihilation of a species. The extinction of the rhino
is 100% preventable. We brought the Bald Eagle back from the brink of extinction. We’ve done this before, we CAN
do it again. The more of us who KNOW, the more of us will CARE. When we care, we can act upon it.

Incase any of you still wonder “Why should I care if an animal in another part of the world goes extinct?”, let me tell you. Firstly the rhino is an “umbrella” species, meaning the survival of their species effects other species, and the ecosystem.   Destroying them will start a domino effect in the environment. Secondly we have a moral responsibility to our planet, as well as to future generations.  WE brought them to the edge of extinction, it is OUR duty to bring them back. And lastly when they’re gone, who’s next?  What other species will we destroy?

If you’re still reading, hopefully you’re caring. So the next question is
What can I do?”

#1 Look for petitions to tell “the powers that be” we will not stand by and let you murder these magnificent creatures. There are tons of petition sites online. You’d be hardpressed to NOT find one. (I would be all to happy to send you some on your email. You only need to ask:)

#2 If you go on safari (or any trips involving animals) share your concern with the travel agency. Be sure not to give tourist dollars to any groups or communities supporting cruelty.

#3 Donate to conservation efforts when you can. I have listed a few of my personal favorites on this site, but there are many others.

#4 Be aware of what you buy. As a consumer you have an immense impact. For example: Nutella is made from palm oil. Demand for palm oil is leading to loss of habitat and destruction to the orangutans.

#5 Probably the easiest thing: spread the word! Rhino horn is NOT medicine, rhinos are endangered and close to extinction.

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