Today is the 22nd September, known the world over by conservationists as World Rhino Day. Celebrating an amazing species and serving as a stark reminder of the horrific poaching crisis currently gripping the species, World Rhino Day also aims to encourage people to act in the name of one of natures greatest treasures.
Africa has suffered terribly because of the demand for rhino horn, with over a thousand black and white rhino slaughtered in recent years. As of the 5th September 2013, 618 rhino have been poached in South Africa. This terrible fact not only draws close to last years total of 668 rhino deaths but is a dramatic increase from 2011 and 2010.
By many countries in the East, such as Vietnam, China and Thailand, rhino horn is believed to possess medicinal value. However that's not the case; rhino horn is made from a substance called keratin; the same substance found in nails, animal hooves and hair and has no healing properties.
To fight against the growing crisis Mahlatini have recently partnered with Save the Rhino International. This partnership will support the charity's activities through a variety of enterprises aimed at raising awareness and providing donations.
The tactics poachers employ to secure rhino horn are much improved and are coated in military-style precision, using high tech equipment such as helicopters and night vision equipment to stalk their prey. They target both privately owned game reserves as well as National Parks.
With the help of your donations you can fund the fight against poachers and supply anti-poaching units, necessary equipment and help to raise world awareness of the plight of the rhino. The government in South Africa is also doing its best to enforce a harder crack down on poachers with 165 already arrested on account of the crime so far this year. By travelling to Africa you can also help. It will allow you to get to grips with the true reality of the situation and place your money into an economy that will subsidize conservation efforts.
To donate to Save the Rhino please click here to visit their donation page. To learn more about rhino poaching click here to visit our rhino poaching page.
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