Saving the Rhinos, one horn at a time...
The Rhino is one of the most amazing animals on earth and part of South Africa's Big 5. Despite an indestructible appearance and the fact that the species has crossed millennia, the rhino is extremely endangered nowadays. Rhino-poaching is a plague in Southern Africa and every year in South Africa alone about 500 rhinos are murdered for their horn.
The fight against rhino-poaching must be fought on at least three levels. Firstly, on the ground: fighting and trying to find solutions to protect and save the rhinos. Secondly, in court: prosecuting poachers; and thirdly, in Asia, where the demand is concentrated, educating and dissuading people from using horn in traditional remedies.
To face this desperate situation, Inverdoorn Game Reserve & Iziba Safari Lodge had to take initiatives and make decisions and consequently RhinoProtect was created. This programme is dedicated to the protection and conservation of the species.
It is necessary to react in whichever way possible to protect the rhinos as much as possible. Inverdoorn made news' headlines with the necessary choice of treatment of the rhinos' horns. The rhinos had holes drilled into their horns and poison has been injected into them. This poison is a barium-laced, non-lethal dye which is unfit for human consumption. It can cause vomiting or diarrhea, but poses no risk to the health of the animal.
RhinoProtect believes that sharing the message will help to save rhinos. Through strong communication the public, including poachers, will be informed that the horns are poisoned, coloured and X-Ray detectable thus losing their value. This measure has been taken in order to deter poachers in the future and since Inverdoorn has started to stand by this method, not one of its rhinos has been attacked.
Inverdoorn Game Reserve believes in a synergy of ideas. This is why RhinoProtect was founded: to put heads and hearts together about the rhino-poaching plague in order to open discussions in the hope of finding sustainable solutions.
Unfortunately, a lot of people do not even know how critical the situation is today, for the African Rhino. Consequently, spreading the RhinoProtect message is essential to combat ignorance and increase awareness, both publically and politically.
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