Southern Africa is experiencing a dramatic upsurge in the slaughter of its rhino population fuelled by an increase in the demand for rhino horn on the Asian black market. There is a vicious war being waged against the poachers and the international syndicates who are profiting from this brutal crime. Rhino horn is worth more than gold on the black market with a single horn able to fetch as much as $100,000. The temptation of $100,000 for a single horn is just too great when you are living in a country where 68% of the population live below the poverty line and the unemployment rate is 95% (2009 est.). Desperate human beings are being exploited by syndicates in order to satisfy demand for a product which, according to scientists, has no medicinal properties. Powerful international syndicates, motivated by greed and assisted by corruption, are recruiting desperate men in poverty-stricken countries in order to line their own pockets.
In South Africa there has been a dramatic rise in the number of rhinos being poached. In 2007, 13 rhinos were poached in comparison to 448 in 2011. If the current rate of poaching continues, the rhino population will be decimated within 10 years. Right now, there is an unprecedented call to action. The South African government has deployed its army and an ever-growing number of organisations are being formed by concerned citizens in order to raise awareness as well as funding for those who are fighting on the frontline.
We can all be part of the solution be it by actively getting involved, giving donations or simply creating awareness.
We at Nambiti Hills have joined the fight to save our rhino and have launched our very own Rhino Initiative. For every new Facebook ‘like’ we receive, we will donate R10 to the ACT/Rhino Project. We specifically aim to raise funds for certain items needed by the project in the fight against rhino poaching. So if you would like to be part of the Nambiti Hills Rhino Project, it is as easy as the click of the mouse.
Please go to our Facebook page, click the ‘like’ button and encourage as many people as possible to do the same. It’s time to fight back!
- Ross Cairns, Game Guide, Nambiti Hills Private Game Lodge