June round-up, stories from the field, and superstar supporters!
What did june hold for rhinos?
In good news, a new location has been announced for establishing a much-needed back-up population for the Javan rhino, all surviving animals currently live in one fragile ecosystem on the island of Java, vulnerable to natural disaster, human encroachment, and disease. Find out more about the most mysterious rhino species here.
We’re also celebrating success in Viet Nam, where more than 30 businesses pledged zero tolerance to wildlife crime as part of their corporate social responsibility policies at a training workshop held by our partner, TRAFFIC.
Less promising events in South Africa have seen the long-awaited trial of alleged poaching kingpins Hugo Ras and Dawie Groenewald delayed yet again due to the country’s recent lift on its ban on domestic horn trade.
And, in light of a dehorned rhino recently killed by a hippo in a confrontation at a waterhole, the debate about dehorning is back on the radar. Get the lowdown on the factors that need to be considered in our thorny issue special on the subject.
31 July 2017 is World Ranger Day. Our CEO Cathy recently went on a live-fire drill with rangers in Kenya to experience their work first-hand, and find out how they prepare in the event of making contact with armed poachers…
In our second update from the Dog Squad, we hear about how your funds are helping Kenya’s canine units not only to protect rhinos from poachers, but they’re also solving crimes across the area, including cases of theft…
In a further post from our CEO’s field trip to Kenya, in Laikipia, whilst helping to develop Kenya’s black rhino strategy for the coming five years, Cathy meets a young conservationist eager to help rhinos…
Azaria and Ashton learned about rhinos and the threat they face from poaching at school in South Africa. Now they’ve formed a fundraising and awareness group named after their favourite animal: The Crash Kids Against Poaching!