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.
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.