World Wildlife Day is an occasion to remember that in spite of protections provided by CITES much of the world's wildlife remains in crisis. The many threats they face include habitat loss, climate change, over-exploitation, and unregulated development.
I was definitely shocked when I first heard that the Dallas Safari Club was auctioning off a Namibian permit authorizing the hunting of an aged black rhino "in the name of conservation."
Fewer than 5,000 black rhinos remain in the wild. They need our urgent aid: not a hunter's bullet. This is not real conservation; this is rhino slaughter for sport.
Each day, safari jeeps make the climb up along the rim and descend down into the Ngorongoro Crater to observe this unique collection of Mother Nature's wonders. This is what we found on just one day's safari from The Manor at Ngorongoro.
At the offices of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Northern Kenya, a terrible hush descends when news filters through that poachers have slaughtered yet another rhino.
In January (2013) I penned an extremely disturbing account of 'The War Against Nature' - in particular rhino poaching. Since then, the African rhino-s...
Anti-poaching units that protect the world's remaining rhinos often spend 20 to 25 days at a time in the bush, return briefly to restock their supplies, then head back out, year-round.
Poaching has the capacity to drive rhinos, as well as other species, to extinction. So what makes these poaching networks so resilient? What makes them stable, or able to bounce back when interfered with?
Investigating officers have a grisly, difficult, and often upsetting job to do after a poaching. They arrive on the scene and look for bullets in the gory carcass, determine if there is a calf and find it if there is, and search the area for evidence.
Pregnant or mother rhinos are most vulnerable to poaching. They cannot move as quickly with a calf or when heavily pregnant, and will usually stay near water. When they are poached, their calves become collateral damage.
Despite all of these tactics and efforts, rhino poaching continues. These endeavors make a big difference, but they are ultimately just a Band-Aid over a deep, seeping laceration, and we need to make many changes to win this war.
he rhino crisis needs a push to do something, and there is power in numbers. Be that push. If we wait too long, it won't matter because there will be no more rhinos left to protect.
Rhinos are being poached for their horns at a rate of over two per day. I do not need to explain that this is completely unsustainable. So what drives this inhumane and needless killing of endangered animals?
Poachers don't even try to be humane when they kill a rhino for its horn. They will crush whatever stands in their way, even if it is just a 90lb baby...
With less than 30 animals left in Borneo and an estimated 80 animals in Sumatra, the Sumatran rhino should be a constant reminder to all consumers of the devastating effect industrial palm oil plantations have on wildlife.