RAPID RESPONSE FOR RHINOS - LIVE EVENT
With the wizardry of technology, UK charity Helping Rhinos transported a global audience to the plains of Africa for a unique experience following TV wildlife vet Dr William Fowlds (Channel 4’s ‘Work On The Wild Side’) and his team as they carried out essential health checks on three year old Colin, second calf born to Thandi, the world famous poaching survivor at Kariega Game Reserve in South Africa’s Eastern Cape.
Dr Fowlds and Kariega Foundation Director, Lindy Sutherland welcomed viewers to the Kariega Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape of South Africa for this exclusive online rhino encounter. The event included a controlled de-horning of Colin, a sad but necessary poaching deterrent that Dr Fowlds and Lindy will explain in detail during the procedure.
In association with Kariega Foundation and African Rhino Conservation Collaboration (ARCC), the Rapid Response for Rhinos exclusive online experience streamed live across social media, bit don't worry fif you missed it - you can watch the whole amazing experience in full below.
The funds raised from this stunning online experience will help to keep rhinos safe in their natural habitat at a time when they need us more than ever before due to the COVID related restrictions causing an abrupt halt to traditional conservation funding.
"This is a valley that brings back incredibly difficult memories of the treatments on Colin's Mum, Thandi. What strikes me every time I'm here is the contrast between this magnificent landscape and then the pain and suffering that endured in this very place. I will never forget the gut wrenching emotions we all went through.
Now we are here carrying out a procedure that will protect her calf."
Dr William Fowlds
How Your support will help to protect rhinos
The future for rhinos remains perilous. Poaching is pushing them to very brink. It is imperative we hold on to current rhino strongholds, maintain a visible proactive deterrent and engage local people in the destiny of their wildlife heritage.
The challenge is, how we can protect vulnerable and critically endangered wildlife species, like the rhino and, make conservation of wildlife and wild places valuable to the everyday lives of poor people who see wildlife only to be eaten or poached for profit. There is a solution - click the button to find out more.
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