Supporting Rhino Conservation in KwaZulu Natal – World Rhino Day is just around the corner. Fortunately, things are looking positive for the growing rhino population. Over the last year, we have noted a significant decline in Rhino poaching.
Read our blog post about World Rhino Day here.
We are feeling positive about these incredible animals. However, the fight against poaches is not yet over and conservation efforts are still vitally important for the remaining rhino population.
There are 5 species of rhinoceros: White Rhino, Black Rhino, Greater Horned Rhino, Javan, and Sumatran. Each day we must face the reality that, if we don’t do our part to protect this species, future generations may never get the pleasure of seeing one of these beautiful creatures up close.
While you can find rhinos in various parts of the world (Northern India, Southern Nepal, Malaysia and Indonesia), rhino conservation in most prominent in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, as it has the greatest density of rhino. There are many parks in this region, such as the stunning Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. This park is extremely important due to its population of both white and black rhino, as well as its unparalleled conservation efforts.
Why are Rhinos being poached?
Currently, rhinos are being poached for two reasons, the first being their horns. Rhino horn is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat fevers, gout, arthritis, and other disorders. This tradition goes back over 2,000 years and is still being practiced. The second reason for Rhino poaching is to display success and wealth.
Since the rhino is a protected species and near extinction, rhino horn is becoming increasingly valuable. Poachers are often heavily armed, which puts anti-poaching teams at great risk.
How can you help with Rhino poaching?
1) Spread the word!
The more aware we make others, the more hope the Rhino population has. Talk to your friends, neighbours, and co-workers about the fight for Rhinos. Your words can be powerful in bringing about change.
2) Show your support!
Why not plan to visit Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, or one of the other incredible parks in KwaZulu Natal, as your next holiday? If you’re a pensioner, Ezemvelo Park even has wildlife discounts.
Seeing these beautiful animals in their natural habitat is guaranteed to be a beautiful and humbling experience. An added benefit is that you will be putting your money to a good cause.
3) Do your part to eradicate the idea that Rhino horn has any health benefits.
The idea, that rhino horn can have any medicinal benefits. cannot be backed up with any scientific studies. However, there are many new medicines that can effectively treat disorders, without the use of rhino horns.
Rhino conservation has become a very popular topic. Captivating documentaries, articles, and even YouTube videos are now easily available.
When you donate to conservation, not a cent will go to waste. You would be surprised to hear how costly conservation efforts can be! Should you wish to donate to this amazing cause, you can donate on the WWF website.
6) Join the team!
Why not begin a career at one of the prominent Parks in KwaZulu- Natal? Currently, Ezemvelo KZN has wildlife vacancies and needs wildlife tenders.
Be a part of the change, not the problem. Let’s save the Rhinos of South Africa!