This is Kratos. Gorgeous, feisty, healthy-the perfect genes for breeding. But the conservancy he resides in deemed him aggressive, a troublemaker. Their solution-sell him in a trophy hunt.
The problem is that the conservancy can only legally hunt impalas and warthog. This violation has been the subject of a heated, urgent court battle this week, as the hunt was scheduled for the end of the week.
Fortunately justice and common sense prevailed, and he has been spared.
“…At the end of the day, none of this should have been necessary. Nature Conservation should not have granted a permit; a hunter shouldn’t have wanted to pay R1.2m to have one photo taken of him standing next to a slaughtered rhino. However, there are people out there who operate to a different agenda to normal, decent human beings and fortunately this time we have managed to foil them from achieving their objectives. Although we have won this battle, this is not an end to it and I will continue to fight against the needless slaughter of our wildlife.” —Tim Fenner, the owner of Kichaka Luxury Lodge, who launched the urgent interdict.
Thank you to OSCAP for keeping us up to date on the proceedings!
Categories: Good News, Rhino Ramblings
Tags: Africa, animals, conservancy, endangered, good news, nature, rhinoceros, rhinos, South Africa, Survival, trophy hunting, wildlife
Ol Pejeta-Like rockstars of the conservancy, the Northern White Rhinos live surrounded by 24 hour bodyguards watching their every move. The four rhinos have an extraordinary relationship with the team of armed guards who lean on them, scratch them, and display affection for them.
But the extreme desperate truth is that thanks to poaching, these are the last 4 Northern White Rhinos left on the planet. There are two males; 37-year-old Sudan and 31-year-old Suni and two females; 22-year-old Najin and her daughter 13-year-old Fatu.
The rhinos were moved to Ol Pejeta as a final chance. It is the hope that the natural environment of the reservation will activate hormones in the two females, encouraging breeding attempts. Recently Najin and Suni were seen mating, which needless to say is remarkable news. The entire survival of their kind rests on them-the situation could not possibly be more urgent or tragic.
The White Rhinos are divided into two sub-species; the northern (the four at the conservancy) and the southern. There are approximately 14,000 of the southern species left.
Categories: Rhino Ramblings
Tags: armed guards, conservancy, Endangered species, Fatu, fightforrhinos, Najin, northern, Ol Pejeta, poaching, rhino girl, rhinos, Sudan, Suni, white