Rhino Mayday event targets poaching

Conservationists are meeting in London on May 1 to help try to bring an end to the huge upsurge in rhino poaching of recent years. Last year South Africa, which is home to 90 per cent of the African rhino population, lost 448 rhinos to poaching according to official figures – that’s one rhino lost every 20 hours. The ‘Rhino Mayday’ event which is being organised by leading rhino charity Save the Rhino, will focus on a range of issues in addition to the poaching crisis, including trophy hunting, the growing problem of rhino horn thefts from museums and how to address the rising demand for horn from Asia and China. Experts from all areas of rhino conservation, from project field staff and conservation charities to academics and zoo personnel will take part. We will be speaking at the event and launching our major new photojournalism project on African rhinos there. Our first book, ‘Rhinos’, was published 10 years ago when the outlook for the African rhino looked bright. Now we are returning to the subject to document the renewed threats to the African species and the steps being taken to protect these iconic animals for future generations. The event is being held at University College London and the Grant Museum of Zoology and is open to anyone interested in rhino conservation. To book a place visit www.savetherhino.org. Tickets cost £15.

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2 Comments on “Rhino Mayday event targets poaching”

  1. Angus Wingfield March 8, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    I would love to be there but I land in South Africa that day with a group of young people from the UK. Our main focus for the 18 days we are in country is conservation and particularly Rhino conservation. Together with one of our partners in SA we have put an anti poaching team together that will serve private game reserve that want this service.

    We must not stand by and watch the slaughter of Rhinos any longer. We need to take action either by donation, by taking people to these places so that they can see Rhino’s in the wild and be inspired to help the conservation effort or to help directly as we are doing by creating a professionally trained anti poaching unit.

    I wish you the very best of luck with all your efforts to help stop the innocent slaughter of Rhino’s in South Africa. We will continue to do the same and to be active in the UK by raising awareness and by taking people (particularly young people) to these wild places, to be active in SA by educating people through our bush school, to be active in SA through our anti poaching team and to be active in China by targeting influential people to come to SA, to encounter Rhino with us in these stunning wild places, to fall in love with the species and to go home and spread the word of Rhino conservation.

    Kindest regards and good luck on 1st May…!

    PS: If you ever need anyone to give a talk/presentation on the excellent work that young people are doing with us in SA on conservation, please get in touch and I will if I can.

    Angus Wingfield
    Director
    Africa Wild Trails

  2. Ann & Steve March 8, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

    Thanks Angus, and good luck with the trip. We particularly like the idea of attempting to target influential Chinese people for educating in the real worth of rhinos – do keep in touch and let us know how you get on.
    Steve & Ann

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