White Rhino grazing at Monate Lodge

Monday, 10 October 2011

Bracelets to save the Rhino

Rhino Force, an initiative of Afrika Force, sold bracelets to help fund the Endangered Wildlife Trust and continue the fight against rhino poaching.
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The beaded-bracelets cost R30 and  proceeds went towards funding anti-rhino poaching drives. The bracelet making also provided employment. Clive Walker, patron of Afrika Force, founder of the Endangered Wildlife Trust and co-founder of the Wilderness Trust of Southern Africa said, "I am very proud to be a patron of Rhino Force but what is happening in our country is horrifying. I want to encourage South Africans to say ‘no’ to extinction."

South Africa was home to 93.4 percent of the world’s rhino population and has a responsibility to protect them.  The Endangered Wildlife Trust,was focusing its efforts on skills development to match the sophisticated methods and equipment of poaching syndicates, and on tightening environmental legislation.

There were 19 officials at OR Tambo International Airport who had been trained to catch smugglers. The number of sniffer dogs especially trained to recognise wildlife contraband has been increased. Attempts were being made to start a social media campaign in China to discourage the use of rhino horn for traditional medicine.
Rhino Force hopes to raise R8 million by the end of the year through the sale of 1million bracelets.
At Rosebank’s Rooftop Market a life-size rhino made of beads was unveiled as the mascot of Rhino Force’s campaign. Red beads were chosen as a reminder of the danger facing the animal. The handmade bead-rhino will tour the country with Rhino Force.

Rhino Force have been granted royalty-free use of the song Beautiful Creatures, a collaboration with Ed Jordan. The CD may be purchased  along with a bracelet for R48.
Bracelets can be purchased from The Tiger’s Eye, Exclusive Books, Look&Listen, Baby City, Thrupps, Casalotti’s Pizza Rapido in Craighall, Parkwood and Riverclub and Local Grill in Parktown North and Hurlingham.

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