Over the past decade, nearly 6,000 rhinos have been killed for their horns — primarily in South Africa, where 5,098 were poached between 2005 and 2015 to supply a lucrative black market. Yet recently at the world’s largest-ever wildlife trade conference, some officials continue to advocate for legalizing the rhino horn trade.
Whenever I am asked what my passions are, like most women I list two: my family and my career. I am the mother of two young children, my passion project in the truest sense of the term; and I am a conservation biologist – part of a remarkable team who are doing everything we can to save endangered species… and ultimately save ourselves.
Newsround has travelled thousands of miles to look at the fight that rhino are facing in South Africa. It's home to the largest population of rhino in the world, but poaching is driving these amazing creatures to the brink of extinction.
Trading in rhino horn was perceived as an option to save the country’s rhinos. Recommendations made by the Committee of Inquiry were endorsed by the Interdepartmental Technical Advisory Committee and the Inter-Ministerial Committee to investigate legalizing commercial international trade in rhino horn.
C4WA was alerted over Easter weekend of another baby white rhino in urgent need of care. The baby was found in the Kruger National Park after her mom was killed by poachers. She also carries an old wound on her back that appears to have been inflicted by poachers! We are still awaiting her DNA results to see if she’s related to LoFo as they were rescued in the same region of the park, and were both struck on their backs by the poachers.