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Using Art to help stop poaching of rhinos

How can this….

This Little Piggy went Wine Tasting by Will Bullas

This Little Piggy went Wine Tasting by Will Bullas

Stop this…?

rhino mom poached with baby near

Within the last 24 hours in South Africa

It’s fun, it’s beautiful and it makes a great talking piece for your living room. But this art, like all the pieces in our auction has a much more important goal: to raise funds to stop the slaughter of the iconic, majestic rhinos.

The above image just happened within the last 24 hours in South Africa. This all too common occurrence happens 4 times a day, everyday. The current rhino population CANNOT sustain this level of decimation.

At Fight for Rhinos, we work closely with our UK-based partners Helping Rhinos in carefully choosing a combination of projects that give our rhinos the best chance at a future. Currently this includes

  • assisting in the survival of orphans
  • keeping rangers active in the field
  • supporting and educating local communities on the importance of wildlife preservation.

Your purchase and/or donations are the only way we can keep this going.

Every SHARE, LIKE, RT…spreads awareness.
Every dollar donated, every piece sold…it DOES make a difference.

Please join us in this unique opportunity and help us help rhinos!  ART FOR RHINOS

 

 

 

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Is the Black Rhino Extinct?

The answer is NO.

rhinos with lilac breasted roller

Black rhinos with lilac-breasted roller bird.
courtesy of Martin Harvey

The Black Rhino and White Rhino are indigenous to Africa. Within those two species are sub-species. This is where the confusion lies.

One of the sub-species of the Black Rhino was the Western Black Rhino. This group is thought to be extinct. They were last seen in Cameroon area, and pronounced extinct in November of 2011.

The primary species of Black Rhino which are seen are the Eastern Black Rhino, South-central and South-western.  However, they too are critically endangered. There are approximately 4800 left in the wild. The following map shows where they are still found:

final black rhino pop range

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How to Make a Baby Rhino

Breeding programs are essential for endangered species. But how does this happen with limited animals in a captive environment? Sometimes they can be matched with a suitable mate, but for rhinos who are aggressive with mating, often natural breeding is not an option, and artificial insemination is used.

STEP 1
First the rhinos are “matched”. Through the SSP (Species Survival Program), captive rhinos, as well as other endangered sspspecies,  across the country are kept in a main database. Through this program, rhinos are carefully paired for breeding, based on genetic diversity and zoo placements (i.e. space, demographics, etc).

STEP 2
Now the female is selected as a prospective mom, it’s time to figure out when the best time is to attempt insemination. The keepers bring dung samples to the lab; through the feces hormones can be analyzed. It can target whether the rhino is ready for breeding, if she has a regular cycle, and when her optimum time for ovulation is. This is done repeatedly  for many months.rhino AI 2

STEP 3
The male is anesthetized and the semen is collected. The sperm is analyzed under a microscope to be sure it is healthy.

STEP 4
The female is then anesthetized. Special 3D ultrasound system is used to monitor her reproductive system and using a probe, the semen is inserted. The procedure is complete and the rhinos are awakened.

For the next few weeks, the female’s hormone levels continue to be monitored to check for pregnancy. If successful, in 16 months there will be a baby rhino.

rhino cryobio bank

Cincinnati Zoo is home to one of the highly valued rhino sperm banks.

The process of artificial insemination with rhino is a fairly new process; it began in Hungary in 2006. Scientists and conservationists have come a long way. Sperm, and recently entire embryos, are able to be frozen and stored. Perhaps most exciting, is the production of  stem cells from the Northern White Rhino. Is cloning in the near future? With only four left in the entire world, is this the next step after their inevitable extinction?

baby rh sticking tongue out

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