On Monday, thousands of people across the globe celebrated World Rhino Day and helped raise awareness for the five rhino species and the threats they face. You can read more about Save the Rhino’s activities and our ‘Nail it for Rhinos’ campaign below.
There are several other positive news stories in the rhino world this month, including the creation of Kenya’s largest rhino sanctuary, the launch of a large, innovative campaign in Vietnam aimed at reducing the demand for rhino horn, and the arrest of the alleged kingpin of one of South Africa’s biggest rhino poaching syndicates.
Creation of Kenya’s largest rhino sanctuary
Starting this month, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and its western neighbour Borana Conservancy have begun work to remove the fence separating the two properties to create Kenya’s largest rhino sanctuary with 93,000 acres of prime black rhino habitat.
This is the first time in Kenya that two privately owned and run organizations have undertaken such a move for the benefit of one of the country’s most threatened species. Borana and Lewa have been working closely with the Kenya Wildlife Service to achieve this goal.
Poachers killed in shoot-out with Big Life Foundation rangers
In early September, the Big Life Foundation team received reports of men entering Kenya’s Chyulu Hills National Park. Upon receiving the alert, the Big Life Foundation team rushed their rapid response unit to the area, where they joined the Big Life Foundation and Kenya Wildlife (KWS) ranger teams already on the ground.
The units spread out, setting ambushes and combing likely areas for signs of poachers. After four days of searching, the poachers, unsuccessful in their mission to kill a rhino, walked straight into a KWS ambush. The poachers, armed with AK-47s, defied orders to surrender, and there was an exchange of fire in which all three were killed.
New ‘Chi’ campaign to tackle Vietnamese demand for rhino horn
Save the Rhino is pleased to announce that we are supporting a revolutionary campaign in Vietnam aimed at reducing the demand for rhino horn.
The campaign was launched in Vietnam on World Rhino Day, 22 September 2014, and aims to change consumer behaviour by targeting key consumer groups in order to reduce the demand for rhino horn. The “Chi campaign” promotes the idea that success, masculinity and good luck, flow from an individual’s internal strength of character and refutes the view that these traits come from a piece of horn. The campaign uses positive messaging targeted at key consumer groups. “Chi” meaning “Will” is a concept in Vietnamese culture signifying the power of what lies within.
Save the Rhino is partnering with TRAFFIC and PSI on the ‘Chi’ campaign, much of the funding of which has come from the UK government’s “Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund”.
Alleged rhino poaching kingpin arrested in South Africa
The alleged kingpin of one of South Africa’s biggest and most violent rhino poaching syndicates, accused of obtaining 84 rhino horns via illegal means, has been arrested following a operation led by the South African Hawks.
Hugo Ras and nine other members of the suspected poaching gang appeared in court after they were arrested in various parts of the country in a simultaneous arrest operation led by the Hawks, following a year-long investigation. 318 charges have been laid against the suspects.
Virgin Money London Marathon 2015
Are you keen for a challenge? We are now accepting applications for our Golden Bond marathon places, to join our Save the Rhino London marathon team.
Get your name in quick if you fancy running in rhino costume as they get snapped up far in advance!
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We are delighted to announce a new partnership with Save, Ancient Heritage (an independent Non-Profit Company), run by Brethren in South Africa, with a vision and mission to help and assist Save the Rhino International with 55% of net profits generated through their fundraising events and activities. You can find out more information here.
Rhino Rugby Apparel
We are pleased to announce a new partnership with Rhino Rugby Apparel. Rhino Rugby Apparel will donate to Save the Rhino £5 from the sale of every special rhino T-shirt and will also donate 10% from the sale of their remaining clothing range to those who enter a special discount code (SAVETHERHINO15). You can find out more about Rhino Rugby Apparel online.
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ATCNews : Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome is the publisher of ATCNews, Eastern Africa’s leading aviation, tourism and conservation news blog of its kind. Wolfgang has over 45 years of experience in the tourism, aviation and conservation fields in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, covering all aspects of safari operations, hotel operations and air operations. Since 1992 he resides in Uganda, previously living for 17 years in Kenya.