When Petronel Nieuwoudt was a young girl and her grandfather took her out fishing in South Africa’s Limpopo province, he never baited his hook. But he would happily cast the bait upon the waters. “I said, ‘Grandad, listen; we’re not catching anything.’ “And he said the most beautiful thing to me, ‘We’re just doing it
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.