The future of one of the planet's most noble creatures is under threat. In 2014, over 1,215 rhinos were brutally slaughtered for their horns in South Africa, making it the worst poaching year on record. Thankfully, the 2015 rhino poaching statistics saw a slight decline taking the number down to 1,175. Although this is a positive first step, there is a lot more that needs to be done to help save these magnificent animals.
Unfortunately, rhino poaching is far from solved and if we do nothing to help fight this illegal trade, we risk losing the rhino population forever.
Did you know that a rhino’s horn is actually made from keratin? This is the same material that our own fingernails are made of.
Rhinos are being killed due to the false belief that their horns contain medicinal properties that can treat cancer, fever and gout. The only people that benefit from a rhino’s horn are the poachers that make a profit from the illicit trade.
Luckily, there are people out there who are dedicated to protecting the future of the rhino. But these rangers who are working on the ground can’t do it alone – that’s why we’re supporting the Wilderness Foundation in their quest to protect wild rhinos.
Footage courtesy of Kariega Game Reserve (www.kariega.co.za) and Paul Mills
Medivet have committed their passion and resources to helping stop crimes against wild animals and their environment. As part of our commitment, we are partnering with Dr William Fowlds – once an employed member of the Medivet family – through the Wilderness Foundation, to develop, implement and support the rhino protection initiative in South Africa. We need your help to fund lifesaving projects.
By harnessing our collective passion for animals, we are directing our fundraising towards projects that will have a positive impact on the rhino poaching crisis.
Medivet Senior Partner John Smithers, Dr William Fowlds and Dr Andrew Muir of the Wilderness Foundation.