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Rhino poaching South Africa

Are you guys aware of the devastating rhino poaching that is happening in South africa since the beginning of the year? More than 170 has been killed brutally by highly organised mafia gangs on game reserves using helicopters, automatic rifles and night vision equipment.
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  • Mim (Official Rep) August 25, 2010 13:11
    Hi Barrie,
    Thanks for bringing this issue to attention. Unfortunately, rhino poaching worldwide is on the rise, according to a report (1 December 2009) by TRAFFIC and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN):
    http://wwf.panda.org/wwf_news/press_r...

    It appears the surge is being driven by a demand for rhino horn - and as you mentioned, the poachers are getting increasingly sophisticated in their methods.

    The full CITES report is available here:
    http://www.cites.org/common/cop/15/do...

    Rest assured people are working on this problem as we speak. If you want to find out more about our African Rhino Program, go here:
    http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/endan...

    Thanks again and all the best,
    Mim Osterberg
    WWF International Online Team
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  • We are a nonprofit organization called One More Generation (OMG) which was founded by two elementary students back in 2009. The goal of our young founders is to help save endangered species and clean up our environment for at least One More Generation... and beyond.

    OMG founders Olivia (age 10) and her brother Carter (age 11.5) are working on a letter writing campaign where they are trying to get 1,000 kids (and adults) from all over the world to send us letters addressed to the President of South Africa asking him to get more involved with stopping poaching of Rhino's for their horn.

    Unless the South African government quickly gets involved, the Rhino species is guaranteed to go extinct in our lifetime. This is an amazing opportunity to show kids (and adults) of all ages that they can make a difference, and if successful they can someday tell their kids that they were instrumental in saving this species from extinction.

    You can read more on our site at the link below. Our goal is to collect 1,000 letters and personally deliver them to the President of SA early next year. Carter and Olivia are already scheduling presentations at various schools when they are back in session and we are also looking to reach out to churches and any other community group where we can address a large audience. If you know of any organization who might be interested in receiving a copy of the presentation, please let us know and we can easily sent it to them.

    Dear President Zuma, (http://onemoregeneration.org/2012/07/...)

    I am reaching out to you in the hopes that you could possibly connect us with zoos and or other organizations who might be willing to help us out. Maybe you might consider posting this on your website or even sending us a letter yourself.

    Please let us know if you think you can help in any way. We also encourage your staff to send us a letter as well because as you know, every voice counts.

    Thanks in advance for your consideration and support, we look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Best regards from the entire OMG Team ;-)

    Jim
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  • Hello Jim, Olivia and Carter.
    Wow! What amazing young conservationist you have there! They are truly inspirational in their dedication to put their beliefs into action. Be sure to get in touch with our WWF-SA office to let them know about your work and see if they can help in any way.

    http://www.panda.org.za/

    Best of luck to you! Keep us posted on how you go!

    Cheryl
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  • As far as I know the main reason why rhinos are in great danger is huge needs based on believes from traditional Asian medicines.

    Why not win with Asian traditions' weapons?

    If we could only find ANY way to make african rhinos horns IN THE EYES OF ASIANS to be: cursed, poisoned, corrupted, rotten, disgusting...

    Any ideas how to make it?

    BTW. Info about rhinos:
    http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/endan...
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  • In case you have not seen the mini documentary our two young founders created, check it out and let us know what you think. They will be traveling to Vietnam in Oct as part of the US Embassy's Operation Game Change: http://onemoregeneration.org/2014/07/...
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