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Tom Kellie posted a topic in Latest Conservation news and talkhttp://www.ocregister.com/2017/06/11/south-african-rides-through-orange-county-to-save-rhinos/ ~ This June, 2017 news article from the Orange County Register publicizes the cycling tour of South African safari guide Matt Meyer in Southern California's Orange County to raise awareness of rhino conservation. While cycling down the coast Mr. Meyer tows a life-size replica of a female rhino. There are numerous photos illustrating the article, providing a sense of the ride. When asked why the towed rhino replica faces backwards, Mr. Meyer responded: “What would happen if I had to stop short?” rhinoride.org
WildernessSafaris posted a topic in Lodge, camp and operator newsWe are thrilled and truly honoured to have won the Environment Award for our Botswana Rhino Conservation Project at the World Travel & Tourism Council Awards in Dallas last night. If you don't have time to watch the full ceremony (it's about one-and-a-half hours long) click on Session 5 on the home page and fast forward to 01:23 for the introduction to our project by lead judge Dr Graham Miller, and then Simon Stobbs' acceptance speech http://www.wttc.org/#. Our hugest thanks must go to to the Botswana government officials, pilots, scientists, vets, the people who build the bomas, the people on the ground who track and protect the animals. You are the true heroes...
Tom Kellie posted a topic in African wildlifehttp://www.mmegi.bw/index.php?aid=51963&dir=2015/june/17 This article from Botswana's Mmegi independent national newspaper describes an art installation in the Thapong Visual Arts Centre in Francistown. The Chairman of Botswana Insurance Holdings Trust, Bakwena Oitsile, explained that the large fiberglass sculpture of a white rhino is being displayed in five Botswana cities to raise awareness of the need for rhino conservation. The article has a photograph of the rhino which has been painted to reflect the theme “Let Them Multiply”.
rhinohorn posted a topic in Latest Conservation news and talkHi everyone, We here at Rhinoceros Horn LLC would like to engage with the public and conservationalist alike on a topic concerning the rhino poaching crisis currently happening in South Africa, Kenya, and India. The purpose of this post is to acquire feedback from the public on this endeavor and crowd-funding project that is currently live: http://www.indiegogo.../rhinoceroshorn Here's more background information. This project is by a start-up company in Portland Oregon, USA called Rhinoceros Horn LLC. The concept here is to introduce an alternative to rhino horn to curb demand for real rhino horn. The alternative is an ethically sourced Keratin product known as Reclipine Functional Keratin™ extracted in New Zealand by patented biotechnology developed by Keraplast Technologies LLC (Texas, USA). This product is biologically identical to the chemical structure of rhino horns, but grants natural health benefits backed by scientific publications and clinical studies (http://www.keraplast.com/nutrition and http://www.keraplast...ic-publications) You may learn more about these two companies here: Rhinoceroshorn.com (or Facebook.com/rhinoceroshorn) and Keraplast.com. The vision for this alternative is this: To market it as a luxury brand item to the Chinese and Vietnamese people. Once early adopters are obtained, Rhinoceros Horn plan on competing with the criminals behind the rhino poaching for market share in Asia. As revenue is generated, the company will use the profit to strengthen the protection of the rhino in South Africa, India, Kenya, and Asia. The emphasis will be on providing volunteers and the authorities in communities with rhinos with the superior equipment, gear, technology, vehicles, and competitive wages for their service to combat the poachers. Funding will also go to educational purposes on rhino conservation as well as rhino breeding efforts. As rhino protection increases and poachers struggle to get access to rhinos, there will be limited supply of real rhino horn in the black market. This allows Rhinoceros Horn LLC to continue to win the battle for market share among the Asian consumers. The larger the market share, the more revenue to funnel into rhino protection! This make rhino horn even less accessible. The result is more Asians will go to Rhinoceros Horn for keratin powder. This generates more revenues to combat poachers and fund conservation efforts. The cycle repeats itself, ensuring further success with each sale of Replicine Functional Keratin. The function of this approach serves to do the same things that current rhino conservation groups are doing: 1) raise fund 2) strengthen protection 3) rhino breeding 4) educate about conservation of rhinos. However, the only difference is that its via a for-profit model using an alternative to rhino horn rather than the traditional soliciting of donations from people. We here at Rhinoceros Horn face two oppositions: 1) Some may suggest that the concept of an alternative gives credence to the myth that rhino horn cures illnesses. This would be problematic. Our stand is that recent developments shows that rhino horn consumption are more associated with status symbol and not medicine (http://www.uniteagai...of-wealth or http://ewn.co.za/201...-sign-of-wealth). What this means is that the Asian cultural concept of "face" has been associated with rhino horn consumption. This makes educational efforts very difficult. 2) There is the possibility that more rhinos would die if this alternative is accepted. Our stand is that some years ago, conservation efforts suggested the use of an alternative to rhino horn in the form of hunting the saiga antelope for their horns instead. This led to the decimation of their population from 1 million in the wild to about 30,000. (http://www.newscient...lopes.html and http://www.jcm.co.uk...-to-rhino-horn/). This tells us that the Asians are open to an alternative and are willing to go for it. But such an alternative must be sourced from a sustainable and ethical source. We here at Rhinoceros Horn believe Reclipine Functional Keratin™ is that sustainable and ethical alternative. We welcome your comments and feedback on this matter. All good wishes, Huyen Hoang, President Rhinoceros Horn LLC Huyen@Rhinoceroshorn.com Rhinoceroshorn.com