When Petronel Nieuwoudt was a young girl and her grandfather took her out fishing in South Africa’s Limpopo province, he never baited his hook. But he would happily cast the bait upon the waters. “I said, ‘Grandad, listen; we’re not catching anything.’ “And he said…
Rhinos were once abundant throughout Africa and Asia with an approximated worldwide population of 500,000 in the early twentieth century. However, despite intensive conservation efforts, poaching of this iconic species is dramatically increasing, pushing the remaining rhinos closer and closer towards extinction.
A week ago 2 more babies were rescued from Kruger National Park in South Africa after their mothers were poached. Both calves were mercilessly slashed with machetes when they tried to stay close to their mothers. Happily, LoFo is doing well after transfer to Care for Wild Africa and receiving lifesaving treatment there. The other rescue, Valentine, needs 24/7 care for shocking wounds inflicted by poachers.
At the end of 2014, the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal reported an exciting milestone: its black rhino population had grown to 500, up from 411 in 2004.
Baby Rhino Rescue is sorry to report that Valentine, a baby rhino brought to Care for Wild Africa with severe wounds inflicted by machetes, died on February 23 despite heroic efforts and 24/7 care to save her. RIP sweet innocent baby Rhino.
C4WA was alerted over Easter weekend of another baby white rhino in urgent need of care. The baby was found in the Kruger National Park after her mom was killed by poachers. She also carries an old wound on her back that appears to have been inflicted by poachers! We are still awaiting her DNA results to see if she’s related to LoFo as they were rescued in the same region of the park, and were both struck on their backs by the poachers.
Trading in rhino horn was perceived as an option to save the country’s rhinos. Recommendations made by the Committee of Inquiry were endorsed by the Interdepartmental Technical Advisory Committee and the Inter-Ministerial Committee to investigate legalizing commercial international trade in rhino horn.
Newsround has travelled thousands of miles to look at the fight that rhino are facing in South Africa. It’s home to the largest population of rhino in the world, but poaching is driving these amazing creatures to the brink of extinction.
Red-billed ox peckers are birds that feed on ticks and small parasites found on the skin of rhinos (and other animals). Witness Nature’s true symbiosis at play!
Whenever I am asked what my passions are, like most women I list two: my family and my career. I am the mother of two young children, my passion project in the truest sense of the term; and I am a conservation biologist – part of a remarkable team who are doing everything we can to save endangered species… and ultimately save ourselves.
At the South African Wildlife College Dog Unit, they train dog breeds like Belgian Melanois, German Short-Haired Pointers and Fox Hounds to help tackle poaching. The dedication and care given to the dogs is extraordinary.
Dr William Fowlds gives an update on the rhino poaching in South Africa and the additional impact it has on both living rhino and the people who protect them.
Rhino poaching has reached a “crisis point,” and it is driving the species ever closer to extinction, according to conservationists.
Over the past decade, nearly 6,000 rhinos have been killed for their horns — primarily in South Africa, where 5,098 were poached between 2005 and 2015 to supply a lucrative black market. Yet recently at the world’s largest-ever wildlife trade conference, some officials continue to advocate for legalizing the rhino horn trade.