World Rhino Day - Are you involved?




22 September 2012 is World Rhino Day again...



But what is World Rhino Day and who initiated it?

SavingRhinos.org and WorldRhinoDay.org put some information together and made it available for bloggers and the media to share:-

     "Who is organizing World Rhino Day?

World Rhino Day is an international team effort co-organized by Lisa Jane Campbell of Chishakwe Ranch in Zimbabwe and Rhishja Cota-Larson of Saving Rhinos in the US.

How did World Rhino Day get its start?

World Rhino Day was first announced by WWF-South Africa in 2010. The following year, World Rhino Day grew into an international success, encompassing both African and Asian rhino species, thanks to the team effort of Lisa Jane and Rhishja.

What happened in 2011?

In mid-2011, Lisa Jane was already planning ahead for World Rhino Day. She searched online for ideas and potential collaborators, and found the Saving Rhinos website and blog.

Lisa Jane sent Rhishja an email, and the two found they shared a common goal of making World Rhino Day a day of celebration for all five species of rhino.

Meanwhile, the team at Rhino Africa prepared for their second World Rhino Day event in Cape Town, building on the success of South Africa’s popular 2010 campaign.

In the months that followed, they worked together to make World Rhino Day 2011 an international success, both online and offline.

Building on the good will and momentum, Lisa Jane and Rhishja decided to continue working together as organizers and promoters of World Rhino Day -— for the rhinos and the people that love rhinos.

Is there a theme for World Rhino Day 2012?

Yes! “Five Rhino Species Forever” celebrates both the African and Asian rhino species. In addition, World Rhino Day is an opportunity to highlight efforts to debunk the myths and diminish the demand for rhino horn.

Is there more than one event on World Rhino Day 2012?

Yes! We believe that World Rhino Day 2011 was a success because it provided the opportunity for cause-related organizations, NGOs, zoos, and members of the public to celebrate World Rhino Day in their own unique ways. These activities varied from one participant to the next. Donors and partners were able to contribute to the organizations and initiatives of their choosing. Peaceful demonstrations, classroom projects, fundraising dinners, auctions and poster displays are just a few examples."





So, why are rhinos important to us? Being a photographer I am a strong believer in the power of visual media. Here are a couple of videos and images to make you think...





The following video is very disturbing, so only play it if you have the stomach!


 


Here is another Youtube video with a very strong message - Play it, listen and watch... NO, IT IS NOT ONLY ABOUT KZN WILDLIFE THAT SELLS PERMITS TO HUNT RHINO!  The message strikes home to the root...



You can also visit the Facebook Album I put together on the Horrors of Rhino Poaching... You can view it by simply CLICKING THIS LINK.

Image shared from http://www.facebook.com/pages/Palala-Rhino-Sanctuary/126274667453900

Are you angry? Are you really upset? If not... READ ANOTHER BLOG PLEASE! If so... Do something about it and be pro-active to stop this insanity! The fact remains that whatever we do NOW will determine whether or not our children (as immediate as that!) and our grandchildren will also be able to enjoy these magnificent creatures that survived evolution and the murderous nature of human kind for the time being!

No, the stop rhino poaching campaign is not all about the cruelty of the poaching. It is about preventing the    extinction of endangered species!




According SavingRhinos.Org the black rhino population is a mere 4,860 at present and the white rhino population is dwindling at 20,600. There are three other species of rhino as well and their numbers are even more critical.

The following graph as obtained from StopRhinoPoaching.com illustrates the increase in rhino poaching in South Africa. It must be kept in mind that South Africa is home to more than 90% of the world's rhino population...




How do you get involved? You can visit WorldRhinoDay.org to see what has been planned for your country on 22 September or just simply keep an eye and ear on your local media to find out how you can participate on World Rhino Day.

BUT WORLD RHINO DAY IS NOT JUST ABOUT 22 SEPTEMBER EVERY YEAR!!

Each and everyone of us should be involved and pro-active 365 days of the year! Yes, I know that each and every one of us cannot be in the field every day being actively involved, but each and everyone of us can help to spread public awareness of the crisis! It is as simple as sharing news, stories and images in respect of the stop rhino poaching campaign with your friends and others on social network platforms like Facebook and Twitter, in all forms of your local media AND BY BELIEVING THAT YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

I have said it many times, but can you imagine what effect it will have if your local daily news paper publish an image of a rhino that has been mutilated and killed for its horn every time a rhino is poached (at this point in time it will have to be every day if you look at the statistics)? Yes, it is an extreme example, but you are getting the message, don't you?

You will note, as another example of ways to get the message across, that I have placed banners on my blog and website which people can click to be redirected to StopRhinoPoaching.com's website. That is not too much effort, right?

Why must we raise our voices and make people aware of the problem? The answer is a simple one... We can only influence the decision makers in government and elsewhere to implement the necessary measures to stop rhino poaching and convince people that rhino horn has no medicinal value and that it is not a symbol of any person's status in whatever form, if we collectively stand up and make ourselves heard!

Unfortunately and as in all these type of issues, money also plays a big roll. The smallest donation help, whether or not you believe it! Just a stern warning: Make sure that if you give that the recipient is a bona fide non-profit organization which is actively involved in the campaign against rhino poaching!

You can visit any of the organisations to which I have referred to in this blog post by simply clicking on the links provided, to see where you want to make a contribution. There are many other organisations which also do incredible work to protect our rhinos, but unfortunately I cannot discuss all of them in this blog post.

In South Africa StopRhinoPoaching.com has a couple of great initiatives which involve radio stations and other forms of the media. They have for example used some of the funds raised to train anti-poaching tracking dogs. At present you can also purchase a "Survival Bracelet" or "Dog Collar" and the largest portion of the purchase price will go to StopRhinoPoaching.com to support them in their efforts.




ARE YOU INVOLVED 365 DAYS A YEAR?

Luckily World Rhino Day is also about celebrating the majestic beauty and grace of OUR rhinos...













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  2. The official count of poached rhino in South Africa is 403 today! Another 22 up from 13 August 2012!

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  3. It is a mere 14 days since my last comment here and a further 39 rhinos have been poached, bringing the total to rhinos poached in South Africa this year to 442!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Just an update... 455 rhinos poached in SA this year to date...!

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  5. 549 Rhinos poached to date in South Africa!

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  6. A total of 668 Rhinos have been poached in South Africa during 2012!

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