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Introducing Rhino Alliance

Fight for Rhinos is dedicated to saving the world’s rhino, but we can’t do it alone. To maximize our impact on ensuring a future for rhinos, we have teamed up with other non-profit organizations across the globe to form Rhino Alliance.

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These independent rhino conservation NGO’s across the world will share resources, best practices and most importantly work together where possible.

Time is of the essence and every action taken is vital. By joining forces we can increase the effectiveness of combined efforts of education, anti-poaching strategies and initiatives.

Our goals and campaigns at Fight for Rhinos remain intact. But with support and cohesion across the globe, we hope to enhance our impact.  Stay tuned for our upcoming projects…it’s going to be an exciting year! We hope to change the world (for rhinos at least)!

 

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Maasai Ecovillage: the Way Forward

Philip Mayan Ole Senteria is a young Maasai striving to unify his community, while saving their wildlife. He has helped launch Africa’s first Maasai ecovillage.

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One of eleven manyattas (huts) in the ecovillage.

The Oloimugi Traditional Ecovillage and campsite will bring people together through culture, arts and traditional dance. Visitors are given the unique opportunity to explore, learn and experience culture with the Maasai; like learning beadwork with the village women, milking of cows, and witnessing traditional rites of passage.
It is intended to be conservational, communal, and tourism project. Sustainability and self-reliance are the motivating factors for the village.
Senteria was inspired to begin the project because
“as a pastoral community, the Maasai have been scattered and disunified; hence they cannot put their efforts together and find solutions to problems affecting them..in terms of education, health, environment, conservation, etc.  This ecovillage is meant to unify people.”
“In terms of poaching, conservation of wildlife should primarily start at the community level. Once a community treasures wildlife and respects it, it will be very much protective, knowing that it is an asset, pride and heritage. “
” Poaching is a menace, being fired by  youth who are misguided, ill-advised and misused by some cartels. The ecovillage will bring the youth together, starting empowerment projects to help them get alternative means of earning a living legally and not through poaching….”
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Senteria has experience in the tourism industry, having worked with Maasai warriors safaris, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, and Ol Pejeta Conservancy. He is an example of what one person can accomplish for their community.
For more information see: the Oloimugi Ecovillage Experience on FB

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United We Stand

birdsI came upon this picture on fb this morning. Seems rather simple and easy to figure out. “Don’t harm wildlife by littering.”

Incredibly, the guy who posted it was immediately bombarded with comments: “This is an urban myth.” “That’s not the right picture, the pictures from a different article.” “Go read about it, you’re wrong”. And on and on. It turned into a long thread of nonsense arguing.

Yes birds, squirrels and other wildlife have mistaken gum for real food. I’m not sure if they’ve died directly from it but it’s obviously not good for them. Does it really matter if it was this particular bird? Is the message not the same?

I then read a letter from a safari game driver to his superior. He, along with his clients (aka tourists), witnessed a poaching in progress in broad daylight.  Horrific!

People started brainstorming; suggesting that perhaps the tourists could put pressure on the government to do something to help combat the poaching crisis. Only once again it turned into a mile long thread on why it won’t work. One person suggested everyone stay quiet about it because “we don’t want to scare away tourists.” And in the end the poor guy was basically called a liar, as there was no “documentation” this happened.

Should we lie to tourists, and not tell the world our elephants and rhinos are being killed and sent to extinction faster than the speed of light? And if there’s not a news crew standing around with a camera, bad things don’t really happen?

Try giving your opinion on the debate of legalizing the trade of rhino horn or ivory-look out! People take it extremely personal. And  its great to have an opinion and care, but while we argue our animals are dying.

Why are we so critical of one another? Since when has being quiet ever won any wars? We need to unite together and shout to the rooftops. SAVE OUR ANIMALS. STOP POACHING. If people don’t know, they can’t care. If they don’t care, they can’t help.

We all criticize our politicians for not getting their jobs done, for arguing and stalling; yet how can we expect them to act differently, when WE, the advocates, can’t get along?

Bottom line: this is OUR Earth, and we alone are responsible for it. Don’t destroy it, don’t destroy the creatures on it ; get involved and be a part of the solution.

By the way-experts say the chance is remote, but it is possible for a bird to die from gum!

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