Change is on the horizon, with South Africa and Vietnam sitting down to discuss issues concerning rhino poaching and the illicit trade of rhino horns in the east Asian country. This could mark the beginning of the end for poaching in South Africa, saving countless numbers of rhino and allowing them to repopulate their habitats. Gondwana provides a haven for the endangered black rhino and White Rhino to thrive and roam free.
Vietnam is one of the biggest importers of illegal rhino horns, due to the huge demand for what many in the country believe to have mystical healing properties. The horns are also sought after to be used as dagger horns on knives given to young males in a rite of passage. As a result, there’s been a boom in rhino poaching in and around South Africa, which has adversely affected the already declining rhino population.
If all goes well in the discussions between South Africa and Vietnam, which is what Gondwana and all South Africans are rooting for, we are hoping for a major reduction in instances of the mindless killing of the magnificent rhino in the future. Not only is it important for us to save the rhino for our future generations, but we must also take into account that every animal has a right to life, the rhino included.
We must respect the intrinsic value that this animal possesses and play our part to make our country a sanctuary for it. If we don’t do it, then who will? Gondwana is home to the rare and endangered black rhino and we hope to contribute to the species’ growth by conserving a habitat and eco system for this majestic animal in order to help grow the population to less critical numbers.
We are happy to see the great level of support that animal rights activists and the average citizen of South Africa has shown in a bid to curb poaching in the country. This may not make any immediate difference, but in the long run, stricter policies and the on-going support from everyone will have us defeating the means to poaching and creating an environment that is conducive to the black rhino’s continued existence.