Counter Poaching Efforts

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Post by Lisbeth » Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:24 am

WATCH: the sanctuary where Uganda's rhinos can breed in safety

2018-09-15 13:41

Uganda's southern white rhinos

There were none left in Uganda until the Rhino Fund imported a few and started a breeding program. Now there are 24 at its sanctuary in Ziwa, protected by a large team of rangers.

Twenty-four southern white rhino roam the 70 square kilometers of the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Uganda, sponsored by the Rhino Fund.

"My dream is to see the rhinos put back into the National Park... and multiplying in numbers there," says Rhino Fund ranger Raymond Opio.

But it may be several decades before the sanctuary's rhino population reaches those crucial levels.

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Post by Lisbeth » Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:27 pm

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Youth tackle hot topics on World Rhino Day

The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) recognises the critical role that young people have to play in conservation, as the guardians of our future. With this in mind, the EWT will be running its annual speech and poster contest for schools on World Rhino Day, 22 September 2018.

South Africa's rhinos are in crisis and the EWT believes that the youth can play a key role in helping to save them. This annual event, made possible by the MyPlanet Rhino Fund, invites Grade 10 learners from schools in areas that are high risk for poaching activities to prepare speeches and posters on a topic relevant to the rhino crisis. Now in its fourth year, the contest was initially held in Mpumalanga in 2015 and has subsequently taken place in the Waterberg region in Limpopo each year. This year, participants have three options to choose from:

- Preparing a speech on the topic: “You are chosen to attend the 2019 CITES Conference of the Parties. You have been requested to give a speech to the CITES member countries on the value of rhino to you as a South African youth. What will you tell them? In your speech please tell us why rhinos are important to you and explain what CITES is and why you feel the international community should help South Africa save them from poaching.”

- Preparing a speech on the topic: “The Endangered Wildlife Trust Wildlife in Trade Programme has a project called ‘Kopanang’, meaning come together. This project aims to bring communities and nature reserves together – how would you achieve this goal? In your speech please set out the importance of wildlife, why wildlife crimes must be stopped, and what activities you will do or would like to do to help under this project.”

- Designing a poster on the topic: “What rhinos mean to you/why you love rhinos.”

Twenty schools from the area are participating.

Mashudu Makhokha, Director of Lapalala Wilderness School where the contest is hosted, says: “The contest has a huge impact on the participants, as it deals with the perception amongst local communities that biodiversity does not deliver tangible socio-economic benefits, particularly to the poor. It is through this competition that communities see social upliftment and empowerment of the younger generation to attain critical thinking skills and get involved in solving real issues like rhino poaching. The incentives are greatly appreciated by all participants since our province is one of the poorest provinces in the country, often with limited resources for teaching and learning. These opportunities close the gap of lack of proper uniforms, lack of study aid and lack of access to technological equipment.”

While the contest offers valuable prizes in the form of laptops for the winning speakers, enhancing their educational opportunities, the real prize is the engagement around these critical conservation topics. The participants go on to become ambassadors for rhinos in their local communities, speaking out against poaching, and acting as eyes and ears on the ground.

The EWT has a long track record of tackling rhino poaching, and first established a targeted Rhino Conservation Project in 2010. The EWT has taken a multi-faceted approach with multiple interventions along the rhino poaching chain. These approaches include the provision of detection and anti-poaching dogs to key locations, such as airports and reserves; community engagement and awareness raising; patrol optimisation technology to improve detection and enforcement; capacity building through training for law enforcement officials, rangers, and other stakeholders; and policy engagement.
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Post by Richprins » Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:38 pm

EWT are one of the oldest and sharpest conservation groups in SA! \O
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