Talk on saving rhino

2015-04-30 14:11
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Wildlife vet Johan Marias.

Photo: Supplied Wildlife vet Johan Marias.

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DR JOHAN MARAIS, world-renowned wildlife vet and surgeon will present a talk titled and#034;Saving the Survivorsand#034; on Wednesday 22 April at 6pm at Kloof Junior Primary hall, Abelia Road, Kloof. The community is urged to attend.

Speaking to the Fever, Bev Elsip of the Kloof Library said that rhino poaching in South Africa has reached crisis proportions.

She said about 1 215 rhino were killed in 2014, equating to one rhino killed every eight hours. and#034;It is a race against extinction for these magnificent animals and we want to host a talk to get people to under­stand the importance of rhinos and what poaching is doing to them,and#034; she said.

Elsip enlisted the expertise of Marais­ to help in this regard.

Marias qualified as an equine and wildlife surgeon at Onderstepoort in 1991. He has consulted and operated on elephant, rhino, buffalo, roan and sable for many years throughout Africa­.

His passion for threatened wildlife has resulted in him forming a team of pioneers in the rhino-poaching crisis, saving rhino that would have otherwise been added to the growing list of casualties.

He started Save the Survivors in 2012 to medically help and look after rhino that have fallen victim to poaching or traumatic incidents. This includes wounded rhino, those that have had their horns hacked off and those that have become victims of snaring and traumatic incidents­.

It also involves raising calves orphaned by poachers. Rhino survivors are estimated at between 80 and 120 animals per year.

Elsip said saving these survivors is critically important and this project has had a tremendous benefit on victimised­ animals.

and#034;Unfortunately, the number of survivors­ will decrease as the amount of poached rhino increases and society­ is indebted to men of the calibre­ of Dr Johan Marais for his exceptional work,and#034; she said.

Marais is flying down from Pretoria­ to give this talk. Donand#039;t miss this rare opportunity to get information on his project and a personal and professional opinion of the poaching crisis hanging over threatened wildlife in Africa.

Tickets available from Kloof Library­ and cost R60 for non-members and R40 for members of Friends of Kloof Library.

For more information, phone 031 764 7543

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