By Michael Trapido
If anyone were to conduct a survey on what constitutes the gravest danger to the survival of the rhinoceros in Africa the results, in all likelihood, would show that most people believe that it is the threat posed by poachers.
The shocking truth, in my humble opinion, is that it is this perception which in itself poses the greatest threat in that the real causes for concerns are, in the main, being ignored or sidelined while a symptom of bad management is being blamed instead.
Last night Blue Label Telecoms hosted an evening designed to highlight the plight of the rhino and raise funds for those who are trying to save these magnificent beasts from extinction. It was attended by many celebrities including Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale, Derek Watts and Bruce Fordyce.
The organisers began with horrific films, no other way to describe them, by producer Roland Vincent, which demonstrated just how horrendous the slaughter of rhinos is. The crack of a rifle followed by the sight of its terrible impact on the animal were more than most could bear.
Lombard also included a short film about a place called The Ark, a huge reserve, where they are hoping to house large numbers of rhinos among many other species of animals.
The films and other information can be accessed on the website Africa Cries.
The second part of the evening was a presentation by John Hume one of, if not, the largest private breeder of rhinos in the world. It was from him that we were to gain insight as to why, despite the massive outcry across the world, these animals are headed for extinction. More....