-A story designed to educate and empower our countries children-
“More than 30 years after governments agreed to ban the international trade in rhino horns, the slaughter rate has got much worse, not better.
More than 95 percent of Africa’s remaining rhinos were wiped out within 20 years of the 1977 ban." - iOL News
We are all aware of the tragedy that has fallen upon our rhino population in Southern Africa, where we are trying in vain to save an animal from extinction that is worth more dead than alive! Funds are being raised and all sit on the edge of their seat waiting for an opportunity to assist in the plight. With this I give everyone in the country the power to educating our youth, who despite natural belief, have a phenomenal amount of power and influence through education.
I divert now to a story from Limpopo of a local village and a cheetah which was making a nuisance of itself. The animal was killing the young goats and the intensity increasing. This posed a problem for the village and their livelihood and so a general consensus was raised by the chief and elders of the village to form a hunting party and destroy the animal. Whether right or wrong, these are merely the facts. A young child had recently gone through the amazing conservation education experience offered by Daktari - Wildlife Orphanage and Bush School (www.daktaribushschool.org - ), and on hearing about this plan, presented the number for Conservation Services instead. They hesitantly phoned the number and no sooner were they out there, caught the problem animal, which was eventually released into a protected reserve to live out the rest of its life in peace.
This story had a huge impact on me as I am sure it would have had on you right now! Yes, who knew that children had so much power just in knowledge? This is where this book comes into the picture and is a project that will install the same education and commitment from children to initiate the right people if they are aware of anything suspicious. The book is endorsed by the South African National Parks and translated by Sboniso Phakathi who is a passionate rhino conservationist and anti-poaching activist.
It has been found that these poachers are capitalising on children in villages alongside reserves to report rhino activity along fence-lines for a reward as small as a Coke or packet of chips! The child does not know any better and has no idea what the consequences of this information sharing is resulting in and so cannot be blamed. The book aims to bridge this gap and gives them a number (as with the cheetah story) to initiate the right people to ask the right questions and hopefully apprehend these chaps and save out heritage.
This book forms part of a future series called “African Educational Stories”, representing the "Plight Book" portion of this series. This book will need your assistance to distribute and has been priced accordingly. Buying a book not only educates and empowers a child, but will result in another one being printed and handed out to children as an on going concern through the poaching hot-spots and into Asia to stop the demand.
Have a look at our first Edu Ride here: http://youtu.be/kKcIj7Wd2EE
Yours in conservation education,
(B.Sc. Zoo, Ento (Hons.))
PO Box 225, Karino, Nelspruit, Mpumulanga, 1204, South Africa