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World Rhino Day 2015

Back stateside, after 2 weeks in the bush… we learned so much, met fantastic people with great minds and passion for wildlife, and were able to re-focus as we looked into both current and new strategies in our part in the poaching war.

Starting off in the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre (HESC) , Fight for Rhinos sponsored the dehorning of one of  two poaching survivors, and personally sponsored the other. They are well cared for and coming along nicely in their rehabilitation.

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Lions Den & Dingle Dell, poaching survivors at HESC before the dehorning. Photo: Fight for Rhinos

We left HESC feeling satisfied and productive after meeting with such professional and experienced people. As we arrived at the airport, a chopper flew low overhead. A moment later we heard of a possible poaching.

A feeling of dread set in, mind racing, as we wondered about the rhinos we had just seen, both in the Centre and in the bush. Was it one of them?

Unfortunately, being anywhere in Africa it seems wi-fi is spotty at best. It was a couple of days before we heard that not just one, but FOUR rhino were poached in Hoedspruit.

Funny that it should matter being there, as opposed to hearing about it from behind the laptop. But emotion doesn’t often make sense. And sitting in the airport, I felt like we should have been able to help them somehow.

It took some time to shake that feeling, it weighed heavy on me. But having so much further to go, so many more people to meet, I tried to focus on the rest of our agenda.

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White rhino in the Kruger area. Photo: Fight for Rhinos

Thankfully there were many parts of our visit that brought us hope. Veterinary staff, APU teams, guides and rangers alike helped shed light on their needs, their vision, their eagerness to push forward and protect the rhinos.

A member of the HESC team touched my heart as she gifted me a bottle of Rhino Tears wine (the purchase of which supports rhino conservation). I immediately decided if it made it’s way home unscathed by the airlines, we will not be indulging until the poaching crisis reaches a turning point. It sits in my kitchen as a reminder of what’s still left to do.

So as we celebrate another World Rhino Day, we’re really celebrating another year with the existence of rhinos in the wild. Another precious year, another chance to get it right.

We appreciate your support, and look forward to sharing our new strategies and plans soon. In the meantime, keep sharing, tweeting, and raising awareness! Together we will keep making a difference.

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Looking forward to turning the tide, and finally tasting the wine.

 

 

 

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Rhino Wine

Combining two of the best things! Great way to raise awareness!

The Horse's Mouth

In 2012, worried by the plight of the rhinos and spurred on by their shared passion for wine, Paula Sher and Charise Matthews came up with an eco-saving brand: Rhino Wines SA. It combines delicious wines with a donation to help protect the rhinos.

Paula and Charise

Paula and Charise approached Excelsior Estate and asked to work with us. Simultaneously, they approached TRAFFIC – The Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network, a joint programme of ICUN and WWF and the wine was launched end-November 2013.

Rhino horns

Rhino poaching is at an all-time high in South Africa; 553 rhinos have been killed since January this year for their horns. That’s a huge and worrying escalation up from 13 unnecessary rhino deaths in 2007. The hardest hit has been Kruger National Park where 296 rhinos were poached in 2012.  High demand for rhino horn from Asia, in particular Viet Nam, is considered to be the driving force leading to…

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