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 WHY SHOULD YOU BE SUPPORTING ELEPHANTS AND RHINO?

Elephant and rhino, two of Africa’s most iconic species are facing a crisis: they are both currently being poached at rates that if left unchecked, could see them facing extinction within the next two decades. We have a responsibility to address the situation, and the Global March is a collective platform that will bring widespread attention to their plight, and make demands on ourselves as well as our politicians and decision-makers to respond with the urgency the crisis requires.  

WHAT ARE THE PRINCIPAL ISSUES?

1.     One elephant is being killed every 15 minutes and three rhino are being killed every day

2.     The poaching is orchestrated by criminal syndicates, some with links to terrorism and drugs

3.     The demand comes mostly from Asia: in the case of rhino horn it is based on misinformation, myth and pure nonsense, and in the case of ivory, inappropriate vanity and out-dated beliefs

4.     At current rates of poaching, the consumption is driving species towards extinction

5.     But, if we act now, the good news for our children and grand-children is that elephant and rhino will not go extinct in their lifetime       

6.     The most appropriate and effective way is to ensure there is no trade in ivory and horn and to demand that governments and wildlife authorities use every non-trade means at their disposal to significantly reduce the poaching

7.     In conjunction, widespread education and awareness campaigns to encourage users to stop using ivory and horn is critical: ‘When the buying stops the killing can too’

8.     We must recognize the right of elephants and rhino to exist outside of society’s financial parameters; we also acknowledge the vital roles they both play in vibrant ecosystems, and we honour what they mean to us in our mythology, history, poetry and psyche.

5 THINGS YOU CAN DO


     

1.       Join the Global March on October 4th in Plettenberg Bay – go to

a.        www.march4elephantsandrhinos.org  

b.       https://www.facebook.com/events/1517839075105609/

2.       Read as much as you can and tell others about the crisis

 

3.       Never buy horn, ivory or other wildlife products

 

4.       Do not support organizations that exploit or abuse animals

 

5.       Put pressure on the authorities and politicians to carry out their protection mandates 


CLICK HERE FOR MEMORANDUM OF DEMAND
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Who are the people involved?

Call Eden to Addo lead guide, Colin, on 082 575 5970 to do an exclusive day walk in the Robberg or Keurbooms Corridor

OUR VISION

To link three mega-reserves, namely the Garden Route National Park, The Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve and the Addo Elephant National Park by means of natural corridors to protect and restore the integrity of bio-diversity and eco-system functioning.

OUR MISSION

To assist and engage with landowners and all stakeholders to identify and develop a living corridor from Eden to Addo by applying sound land-use practices, encouraging a diversity of environmentally sustainable livelihoods and linking ecological important areas , for the benefit of biodiversity and the extended community

THE DREAM

The Eden to Addo vision is based on the practical potential within the landscape connecting the Western and Eastern Cape of South Africa, but this vision is guided by a deeper question and dream: What if we could re-establish ancient elephant migration paths across the Cape, what then? What other wildlife will benefit and how will that restore the ecological balance of the region.