Anti-rhino poaching awareness at KZN NBG

14 October 2013

Mr. Craig Mulqueeny of Ezemvelo

The KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden (KZN NBG) partnered with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, Eco-Schools, Durban University of Technology and Rhino Army to educate the public on recent innovations in the fight against the poaching of critically endangered rhino, and to educate communities about the ecological importance of rhino within an ecosystem.

As part of the awareness campaign, an information workshop was held in the Garden from 4 to 5 October 2013 where various stakeholders, members of the public and staff were in attendance. Mr. Craig Mulqueeny, representing Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, gave a power point presentation on strategies Ezemvelo has planned to initiate in order to save both black and white rhino from extinction.

These innovations include dehorning; chemical infusion (in which conservationists inject a chemical cocktail into the horn of a rhino in an effort to contaminate it and make it an unviable product for the illegal black market); and increasing patrols on wildlife reserve boundary fences and national borders. Mr. Mulqueeny said particular attention had to be paid the Mozambique-South Africa border as it was reported to have high rate of poaching. The number of rhino poached in South Africa this year alone was 688 as at the end of September, he said.

Mr Charlie Maimela of the KZN National Botanical Garden

A KZN NBG representative encouraged the audience to see themselves as conservationist and to play their part in the conservation of rhino regardless of their educational background.

Mr C Maimela, another representative from KZN NBG, illustrated why it is important to save rhino as the threat to rhino is also a threat to other animals living within their ecosystem. He also encouraged everyone to contribute towards the conservation of rhino species by learning more about the animal, educating others about rhino and taking environmental action such as participating in awareness drives.

Rhino artwork/ Wetlands Garden tour

The Garden’s Mr. Mbuso Zondi, who delivered a touching, fun and educational poem on the vitality of rhino in our ecosystem, also conducted an educational Garden tour which highlighted the importance of wetlands as ecosystems.

Pandora Long from Eco- Schools urged all the participants to abandon their fear of living things, so we can all unite in our conservation efforts, especially the battle to save the rhino.

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Comments

Submitted by austin-lee at 01/09/2014 - 8:49
we should teach our young ones what is happening cause we dont know if they could see the beauty of the rhino that our country has it may be axtinct in the next 25 years we should help and protect the living of our rhino to let the future of rhino be living longer as the dinosaur .
Submitted by Rex at 10/11/2013 - 22:22
Rhino poaching is rife in SA because poachers are taking advantage of the fact that there isn't enough financial support given to the wildlife hence the loop holes end up giving way to poaching. We need to engage businesses into fund raising activities to boost the purse of this sector.
Submitted by Mr Mr Mavhengani at 25/10/2013 - 7:01
The people must participate to fight against Rhino poaching through the use of environment awareness program, this will save our ecosystem and benefits of our furture generation.
Submitted by Charlie at 17/10/2013 - 9:58
True Kgotsofalo.
Submitted by Anonymous at 16/10/2013 - 11:42
Rhino poaching should be tackled in both formal and informal learning, thus reducing the negative impacts on our wildlife management. "Let's all put our hands together to save rhiono species from exrinction"
Submitted by kgotsofalo at 15/10/2013 - 14:48
The pubic must be fully aware of such problem we are facing..rhinos contribute much in the international wildlife conservation..People must be tough on the importance roles rhinos play in the envrinment or conservation. It could be of great help to make people aware as most tend to be ignorent.

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