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Saving Rhinos with Art

  • Keeping rangers equipped and active in the bush
  • Providing milk and veterinary assistance for orphans
  • Tracking and monitoring rhinos
  • Supporting and educating local communities on the importance of wildlife preservation
  • Updating and utilizing technology in the field

These are some of the key components your donations allow us to support!

black mambas training

Black Mambas, all female APU in training.

By being a part of the art auction on June 1st, you will make a significant impact on these initiatives with the following groups: Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage
                                                         Ol Pejeta Conservancy
                                                         Game Reserves United
                                                         Vision Africa
                                                         RPU Program in Indonesia

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Veterinary check at Thula Thula

Don’t see anything you want to bid on? Can’t afford the piece you want? There will be a DONATE option. Donations are always welcome in ANY amount!

Please help us sign (through FB, Tumblr and Twitter) and share our Thunderclap to promote the auction. The more people, the greater the success, the better for rhinos!

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harapan art june

 

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Harapan and the Fate of the Sumatrans

Me with Harapan

Harapan preparing for his morning routine: health check complete with a distraction of fresh fruit.

I fell in love with rhinos thanks to Emi, the sweet and gentle Sumatran rhino who lived at the Cincinnati Zoo.  Recently I had the amazing opportunity to meet Harapan, her son and one of the few remaining of his kind.

Harapan is 7 years old, the youngest of the 3 offspring birthed by Emi. Big brother Andalas is now at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS) in Indonesia, and his sister Suci passed away in March of this year.

Harapan is an avid traveler, having lived for a brief time in zoos in Florida and California. In July of 2013 he returned to Cincinnati in hopes of breeding him with his sister Suci. With Sumatrans teetering on the brink of extinction, it was a desperate attempt to help further the species. The move proved to be too late, as  Suci passed away only 7 months later of Hemochromatosis  (iron storage disease).

Paul Reinhart

Paul Reinhart

Paul Reinhart is the team leader in the Ungulate Department in the zoo. He has worked with rhinos for over 30 years, witnessing the comings and goings of Emi and her offspring. Paul recalls when Harapan returned to the zoo in 2013. Harapan seemed to know he was home, walking out in the yard, and rolling contentedly in the mud.

Indeed, he seemed very relaxed and downright spoiled at times, ears pivoting back and forth as he listened to his familiar friend talking. If he wasn’t in on the conversation, Hary would toss his enormous head toward the bars of the enclosure, banging and impatiently squealing until he had our attention.

Hary obviously loves people, and seems to thrive on the compliments, pats and rubs the staff heap upon him.

Harapan blooddraw

Each morning Harapan has blood taken to monitor his health. Since his sister and mom both passed away from Hemachromatosis, monitoring is crucial.

Mudbaths and produce are high on Harapan’s list of day-to-day highlights. But what is in his future?

The obvious answer seems to be to send him to Sumatra, the same SRS where his brother Andalas now lives. With the species so perilously close to disappearing, it seems the only option.

dr roth

Dr. Terri Roth

Dr. Terri Roth,  zoo veterinarian, VP of conservation and science and CREW director, stated

“The only chance for Harapan to reproduce seems to be at the SRS so that is the driving reason for suggesting he go there.  However, Indonesia needs to let me know that they want him first and the LA Zoo actually partially owns him so they also have to be in favor of the idea.”

CREW  is a research facility in the zoo, dedicated to saving endangered plants and animals from extinction. They utilize research, propagation, in situ protection, education and public engagement to save targeted plants and animals. At the heart of the program lies the Cryobiobank, known scientifically as a genome resource bank. Here there are hundreds of plant and animal species stored. These frozen specimen include Sumatran samples.

Does this change the future? Will we see some sort of “Jurassic Park” scenario of bringing back species from extinction?

Dr Roth says ” I think if we lose the species it will be gone forever.  If a small viable population continues to thrive, we may someday be able to infuse new genes into the population using the samples we have stored at CREW.”

But ultimately as Roth states “The fate of the Sumatran Rhino lies in Indonesia’s hands now.”

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One Special Rhino

 

andatu

As if timing his arrival to perfectly coincide with 2012-13 as International Year of the Rhino, Sumatran rhino calf “Andatu” was born at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary in the wee hours of 23 June. This is the first Sumatran rhino birth at a breeding centre in Indonesia, and has been heralded as a critical step towards the species’ conservation.

This year this special guy turns 2 years old!

So what do you get a star rhino for his birthday (he even has his own facebook page)?

Consider purchasing his book, One Special Rhino, written and illustrated by fifth graders at the P.S. 107 John W. Kimball Learning Center, an elementary school in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

It tells the story of his life at the Way Kambas rhino sanctuary, his species’ fight for survival and what children can do to help save rhinos.The year-long project was a collaboration between the P.S. 107 Beast Relief committee and the International Rhino Foundation.

Andatu as a baby

Andatu as a baby

All proceeds from sale of the book will go directly to the International Rhino Foundation for the care, feeding and protection of Andatu and rhinos like him.

For more on Andatu, see previous post: Happy Birthday Andatu

 

 

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Agam, the Sumatran Elephant Orphan

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At only 3 months of age, Agam was found trapped in a well. Alone, scared, abandoned, he was rescued and placed in the PLG Saree in Indonesia where he is being rehabilitated.

At 10 months old, Agam is still being fed milk supplements around the clock to make up for the nutrients he’s missing from his mother’s milk. In the wild, babies nurse 4-5 years, until the birth of the next calf.

In Aceh, Indonesia, Agam is one of three orphan elephants who have required emergency care in the area. The other two orphans, Raja and Raju, sadly did not survive. Motherless elephants have a high mortality rate. It is a long, uphill battle to successfully raise and rehabilitate them.

These orphans are the outcome of the human-elephant conflict present in Indonesia. In fact in most countries across the Asian elephant’s range, it has replaced poaching as the major human cause of elephant mortality.

Under pressure from higher population densities and lack of fodder, elephant populations are increasingly turning to crop raiding for sustenance. Interestingly, it’s not just the search of food that attracts elephants to villages, but alcohol. When they smell alcohol brewing, they have been known to attack and destroy villages to get to it.

This overlapping of territory, and fragmenting of their usual space and routes, is pushing the Asian Elephant into the brink of extinction. The population is estimated to have dropped 50-75% in the last 60 years.

An iPledge campaign is up and running to enable the purchase of Agam’s life-saving supplements.                        Support Agam here.

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Happy Birthday Andatu

The Sumatran Rhino is critically endangered, with only 130-190 individuals surviving. Their final stronghold exists in three Sumatran National Parks, with help from the International Rhino Foundation.

The birth of a new Sumatran Rhino is a very big deal. It provides hope, and confidence in the survival of the species. One year ago, a calf named Andatu did just that. Shortly after midnight on June 23, he was welcomed into the world at the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary (SRS) in Indonesia.

andatu and mom

The story of Andatu starts with his grandmother Emi (see previous post https://fightforrhinos.wordpress.com/2013/03/05/emi-the-world-famous-sumatran/).  Emi was the beginning of the intensive conservation efforts made at the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio. In 2001, she gave birth to Andalas, the father of Andatu . This was the first birth of a Sumatran in a zoo in 112 years!

In 2007 Andalas was shipped to the SRS in Indonesia where he was introduced to three potential mates. He chose Ratu, and the rest is history. Although one rhino won’t bring back the species, it’s a start. It shows that international collaboration, science, and diligence pay off.

Video of Andatu’s mud bath at a few days old:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2L-3Mv_jj

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The Price of Beauty

Orang Utan rescue by VIER PFOTEN in East Kalimantan

In addition to raising  awareness to the horrors of poaching, I desire to educate on the overuse of palm oil. The world’s demand for palm oil is destroying our rainforests and the animals in it.

Experts estimates that we are losing 137 plant, animal and insect species every single day due to rainforest deforestation. That equates to 50,000 species a year. As the rainforest species disappear, so do many possible cures for life-threatening diseases. Currently, 121 prescription drugs sold worldwide come from plant-derived sources. While 25% of Western pharmaceuticals are derived from rainforest ingredients, less that 1% of these tropical trees and plants have been tested by scientists.

Refer to previous post: The Perils of Palm Oil . 

The good news is: this IS preventable. Please please be aware of what you buy! Read labels. Look for the ingredient of palm oil or any of the other names it goes by. Buy palm free alternatives.

Reading the labels is  important.  Not everything says PALM OIL. Here is a list of other names for palm oil.
Foods, Body Products, Cosmetics & Cleaning Agents:

-Vegetable Oil              orang 1
-Vegetable Fat
-Sodium Laureth Sulfate (in almost everything that foams) ^
-Sodium Lauryl Sulfate ^
-Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate (SDS or NaDS) ^
-Palm Kernel#
-Palm Oil Kernel #
-Palm Fruit Oil #
-Palmate #
-Palmitate #
-Palmolein #
-Glyceryl Stearate #
-Stearic Acid #
-Elaeis Guineensis #                                                                               orang 2
-Palmitic Acid #
-Palm Stearine #
-Palmitoyl oxostearamide #
-Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3 #
-Steareth -2 *
-Steareth -20 *
-Sodium Kernelate #
-Sodium Palm Kernelate #
-Sodium Lauryl Lactylate/Sulphate *
-Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate ^
-Hyrated Palm Glycerides #
-Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylaye ^
-Cetyl Palmitate #
-Octyl Palmitate #
-Cetyl Alcohol ^
-Palmityl Alchohol #

# These ingredients are definitely palm oil or derived from palm oil.

* These ingredients are often derived from palm oil, but could be derived from other vegetable oils.

^ These ingredients are either derived from palm oil or coconut oil.

PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE MY PETITION  to encourage the Body Shop to stop using palm oil and be the environmentally friendly company they claim to be! Afterall, is it worth your face mask to kill an orangutan?

http://www.change.org/petitions/the-body-shop-stop-using-palm-oil-in-your-products

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There’s Orangutan Blood in my Kitchen!

Since learning of palm oil plantations leading to the destruction of homes and habitat for not only the orangutans, tigers, elephants, and rhinos; but also to the native people of the area, I’m putting my money where my mouth is (or where my post is).  See previous post The Perils of Palm Oil

It seemed a daunting task, but  I was determined to remove all remnants of palm oil from my house. Taking less than half an hour, I rummaged through my cupboards, fridge, and bathroom drawers checking labels and writing down the newly banned items for future use.

It was an eye-opening experience.  The most surprising culprit was the ice-cream. Interesting thing is-not ALL ice cream uses it. While Hudsonville does , the local Meijer brand does not. This seems to be the case with many items like coffee creamer, shampoo, and toothpaste.

Reading the labels is  important.  Not everything says PALM OIL. Here is a list of other names for palm oil.
Foods, Body Products, Cosmetics & Cleaning Agents:

-Vegetable Oil              orang 1
-Vegetable Fat
-Sodium Laureth Sulfate (in almost everything that foams) ^
-Sodium Lauryl Sulfate ^
-Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate (SDS or NaDS) ^
-Palm Kernel#
-Palm Oil Kernel #
-Palm Fruit Oil #
-Palmate #
-Palmitate #
-Palmolein #
-Glyceryl Stearate #
-Stearic Acid #
-Elaeis Guineensis #                                                                               orang 2
-Palmitic Acid #
-Palm Stearine #
-Palmitoyl oxostearamide #
-Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3 #
-Steareth -2 *
-Steareth -20 *
-Sodium Kernelate #
-Sodium Palm Kernelate #
-Sodium Lauryl Lactylate/Sulphate *
-Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate ^
-Hyrated Palm Glycerides #
-Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylaye ^
-Cetyl Palmitate #
-Octyl Palmitate #
-Cetyl Alcohol ^
-Palmityl Alchohol #

# These ingredients are definitely palm oil or derived from palm oil.

* These ingredients are often derived from palm oil, but could be derived from other vegetable oils.

^ These ingredients are either derived from palm oil or coconut oil.

I was afraid of what I’d have to do without. But I’ve learned it’s actually not that hard. Where one product gets the Ban in my house, there’s usually a substitute brand to take its place. So while I’ll miss my pop tarts a little bit, I’m gaining a healthier and more conscience friendly way of living.

Products in my cupboards that contain palm oil.

Products in my cupboards that contain palm oil.

For more information go to  http://www.saynotopalmoil.com/palm-oil.php#OtherNames

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The Perils of Palm Oil

This orangatan tried to return to his home after his trees were replaced by palm trees. The locals tried smoke him out, but the tree caught fire with him in it. He died from his wounds.

This orangutan tried to return to his home after his trees were replaced by palm trees. The locals tried smoke him out, but the tree caught fire with him in it. He died from his wounds.

How do Nutella, Velveeta, and Colgate toothpaste spell death for elephants and orangutans? They all contain the ingredient palm oil.

This huge scale of deforestization is driving out the animals, many of which are endangered.

This huge scale of deforestation is driving out the animals, many of which are endangered.

Palm oil is derived from the fruit of African oil palm trees. It is utilized in over 50% of todays products on the market. To keep up with the demand, thousands of kilometres of pristine rainforest are slashed and burned in order to make way for more oil palm plantations, almost all of which is produced in, and exported from, Indonesia and Malaysia.

One of the largest worldwide palm oil companies is Wilmar International. They have done illegal logging and set up new plantations, driving peasants off their land as well as finding new subsidiaries and bribing officials to side step the law.

The good news is-we CAN stop this. By being conscientious of  the things we buy, we can send a message to the palm oil companies that we do not want to be willing participants in the destruction of forests and the death of the animals in them.

For more information: http://www.saynotopalmoil.com/palm-oil.php

PRODUCTS THAT CONTAIN PALM OIL

Aldi Supermarkets
-Damora snack foods
-Belmont Biscuit co.

-GoldenVale cereals
-Dominion products
-Choceur chocolates
-Bramwells
-Sprinters chips
-Brookdale
-Milfina ice-cream

Arnott’s Biscuits ~ Click here for more brands
-Shapes (AP)
-Shapes Sensations (AP)
-Tim-Tams (AP)
-Wagon Wheels
-Mint Slice biscuit
-Royals
-Classic assorted
-Venetian
-Lemon Crisp
-Raspberry shortcake
-Arnott’s cookies
-Tiny Teddies
-Jatz Clix biscuits (savoury)
Coles Supermarkets – Coles brand range ~ Click here for more brands
-“You’ll Love Coles” range (ice-cream, garlic bread, milk chocolate etc.)
-$mart Buy
-Coles Pastries: Donuts, Biscuits, Cakes, Muffins & Scrolls (AP)

Colgate-Palmolive~ Click here for more products
-Shampoos (AP)
-Conditioners (AP)
-Body wash (AP)
-Soaps (AP)
-Liquid hand-soap (AP)
-Shower gel (AP)
Colgate~ Click here for more products

-Toothpastes (AP)
-Mouthwash
-Shaving cream
Fonterra dairy products ~ Click here for more brands
-Dairy Milk
Anchor (Fonterra brand)
-Blue top milk
-Cheese singles
-Butter
Mainland cheeses (Fonterra brand) ~ Click here for more products
-Edam cheese
-Colby cheese
-Tasty cheese
-Mild cheese
-Special reserve cheese range (AP)
Tip Top ice-creams (Fonterra brand) ~ Click here for more products
-Joy Bar
-Soft serve
-Ice-creams in tub (AP)
-Ice-creams on cone (AP)
-Ice-creams on stick (AP)

General Mills ~ Click here for more brands
-Old El Paso tacos, dips, salsas & tortillas (AP)
-Betty Crocker products (AP)
-Cheerios breakfast cereal
-Nature Valley granola bars
-Fruit roll-ups
-Latina Pasta (AP)
Olay (owned by General Mills)
-Most cosmetics

Kraft ~ Click here for more brands
-Easy Mac
-Deluxe macaroni and cheese
-Peanut Butter
-Philadelphia cream cheese (AP)
-Toblerone Chocolate
-Velveeta
-Cool Whip cream

Nabisco (owned by Kraft) ~ Click here for more brands
-Oreos (AP)
-Ritz Crackers
-Chips Ahoy! (biscuits)
-Wheat Thins

Heinz ~ Click here for more brands
-Beans
-Spaghetti Spaghetti
-Sauces & dressings
-Soups (AP)
-Frozen meals
-Desserts (AP)
-Wattie’s canned snack foods (AP)
-Weight watchers products


Mars Incorporated ~ Click here for more brands
-M&Ms
-Snickers
-Mars bars
-Milky Way
-Twix -Bounty -Maltesers
-Doublemint
-Dove
Wrigley’s (owned by Mars)
-5 gum  (AP)
-Extra gum (AP)
-Juicy Fruit gum (AP)
-Starburst lollies
-Skittles lollies
-Hubba Bubba bubble gum (AP)
-P.K. chewing gum (AP)

Mars Petcare ~All brands
-Pedigree -My Dog -Dine -Kitekat -Optimum -Schmakos -Advance
-Whiskas
-Royal Canin

Sara-Lee ~ Click here for more brands
-Bavarians
-Cakes & cheesecakes (AP)
-Chocolate Pies & Fruit Pies
-Croissants & Danishes (AP)
-Crumbles & Puddings
-Ice Creams (AP)
-Lasagna
-Quiches (AP)

Snack Brands Australia – packaged chips ~All brands

-Cheezels
-Kettle chips (AP)
-Samboy chips (AP)
-CC’s corn chips
-Thins chips (AP)
-French Fries
-Chickadees
-Colvan chips


Uncle Tobys ~ Click here for more brands
-Fruit Breaks bars (AP)
-Chewy bars (AP)
-Bodywise bars
-Le Snak
-Roll Ups


(AP)= All products:- palm oil is found in all products or flavours of this specific brand. Example – palm oil is found in all flavours of Arnott’s Shapes: Plain, Chicken, Pizza, BBQ etc.
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