Just a few weeks ago Elizabeth Rand, EXPLORE, Inc. 20 year veteran, participated with other Safari Professionals of the Americas - Safari Pros members and journalist Todd Pitock in the collaring and notching of a spectacular 2.5 ton male white rhino in Botswana.
Sadly, rhino horn has become all too popular in Asian populations and now demands a sky-high price in Vietnam, China and other countries. The demand is driven by the myth that the horn, which is basically made up of dead hair, can cure cancer and other diseases and will help with impotence in men. Though there is zero evidence that the horn has healing properties, the power of myth had caused prices to rise meteorically as the burgeoning middle class has money to spend. It is also used as a male circumcision knife in parts of the Middle East where it is believed to enhance ‘manhood’. Botwana's conservation minded government is going to great extremes to provide safety and protection for this endangered species. President Ian Khama has dedicated the highly feared and respected Botswana Defence Force to this effort. Botswana’s army is the most competent and incorruptible army in Africa. This is the only army in the world dedicated to protecting wildlife.
But Botswana needs help: Awareness must be elevated about the severity of the assault on the animals and funds must be raised to support the effort. The planet is under threat from many sides, but the severity of the peril of the rhino is especially urgent as over 1000 are being slaughtered every year and there are only 30,000 left in the wild. Somehow the planet just won't be the same without these prehistoric-like creatures rumbling through the planes of the African bush.
A big thank you to @wearewilderness
, and @helicopterhorizons
, and all of the other efforts that facilitate the relocation of these amazing animals to the safe haven of Botswana. EXPLORE, Inc is proud to have participated as member of Safari Professionals of the Americas in donating 2 rhino collars to the project on an annual basis.
Tourism done right = conservation