It’s less than a month until World Rhino Day, on 22nd September, and with CITES CoP17 just around the corner, all of us at Rhino HQ are gearing up for a busy few months. As we reach a crossroads for the future of all five rhino species, we remind ourselves of the vital role that rhinos play in the ecosystem across Africa and Asia and examine the worrying growth in Zimbabwe’s escalating poaching scene. Read on for this month’s top news!
What is CITES and what does next month’s Conference of the Parties (CoP17) mean for rhinos? Save the Rhino has put together a handy guide with everything you need to know about the world’s largest wildlife treaty.
More than a dozen alleged poachers, including the nephew of a prominent MP, have been arrested by the Zimbabwean authorities in connection with poaching incidents across the Save and Bubye Valley, where our partner, the Lowveld Rhino Trust, monitors two important black rhino populations.
On 03 August, John Hume, South Africa’s largest private rhino breeder, and Born Free President and CEO, Will Travers, held a lively debate on the thorny issue of legalising the international trade in rhino horn. At the beginning of the evening, 30% were for trade, 62% against and 8% undecided. By the end of the debate, the figures were 39% for, 60% against and 2% undecided.
Celebrate World Rhino Day
Thursday 22 September 2016
Why do rhinos matter?
There’s less than a month to go until World Rhino Day and at Rhino HQ we’ll be celebrating successes in rhino conservation and looking at what the future holds. But why do rhinos matter? And what could their loss could mean for our ecosystem?
Featured from the field
Environmental education in Tanzania
Rafiki wa Faru
In Tanzania’s Mkomazi National Park, school children are learning about black rhinos and their importance to the Park’s ecosystem as part of an education programme called Rafiki wa Faru, or "friend of rhino" in Swahili.
Colchester Zoo’s Action for the Wild
Thank you Colchester Zoo’s Action for the Wild for generously donating £5,448.23 to purchase essential equipment for the ranger teams, canine units and ranger camps in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, South Africa.
Equestrians complete Mongol Derby
Huge congratulations to Tatiana and Venetia for completing the Mongol Derby, one of the longest horse races on earth, finishing an incredible fifth and sixth place. The equestrian duo have raised more than £19,000 for Africa’s courageous wildlife rangers.