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Rhino poaching: Are we doing enough?

12 April 2014, 20:10
As a man having grown up in the city, I never knew the effort that went into conservation of animals. Living in Hoedspruit for the last year I have come to witness it firsthand.

There are organisations out there preserving and fighting for the future. This article is to inform you of one such organisation namely Rocking For Rhinos.

This organisation started in January 2012, with a core of 4 people and by April 2012 growing to 11. As a registered Non Profit Organisation their primary focus is on rhino preservation for future generation to see this magnificent creature in the wild.

They do this through initiatives such as:
- The Horn On Project, the aim if which is to protect and preserve rhino through dyeing or poisoning rhino horn which has proven to be a great success.
- Donating funds and equipment to companies such as Protrack, a main beneficiary of theirs. Protrack is an anti-poaching tactical response team in Hoedspruit.
-And other innitiatives.

As the name suggests they hold a festival every year in Hoedspruit, to raise funds and awareness of the plight of the rhino. Starting in 2012 with 500 festival goers and last year to 1000.

 It is held over 2 days in Franklyn Park, Hoedspruit, with 3 stages with 20+ bands and artists, most of which perform free of charge. Artists such as Locnville, CrashCarBurn and Soulsista to name a few. This year they are looking to be bigger and better.

All the stages equipment are sponsored, volunteers work through out the festival selling merchandise setting up stages the works. Giving them the full use of all proceeds to further their initiatives.

After spending a few minutes spent with the team you can see the passion these individuals share. All of which work full time and focus on Rocking For Rhinos in their free time.

Having said all this information there is now the time for a few hard facts. Last year an hour incredible number of 1004 rhinos were killed and this year we are standing on 277 as of the 10 of April. That is an average of 3 a day.

An estimated 18,796 White Rhino and 1,916 Black Rhino with Black Rhino being listed as critically endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature list. As of 11 November 2011 the Western Black Rhino, a subspecies of the African Black Rhino, was officially declared extinct.

So all in all this fight has to be taken up by all of us. Donations, sponsorship, volunteering and merchandising purchases it all helps. Now will you pick up the axe and fight?

Any further information log onto:www.rockingforrhinos.org

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