On the 25th September the GCF (Gondwana Conservation Foundation) team hosted an event in honour of World Rhino Day. 200 Children from local schools in the area (Isalathiso Primary School, Imekhaya Primary School, T.M. Ndanda Primary School, Herbertsdale Primary and St Lukes Primary School), were shuttled to the reserve for a fun-filled day of conservation activities. The GCF Team together with the APU (Gondwana Anti-Poaching Unit) led the activities. The children learned valuable bush skills such as skull and animal track identification and how to use telemetry devises to locate animals that have been radio collared. The children were also taught about the value of recycling and reducing waste. Additionally, Gondwana was joined by Cape Nature and the South African Police Squad to educate children on rhino poaching epidemic in South Africa and beyond and how communities can get involved to help save our rhinos.
The GCF Rhino photobooth was a great hit amongst the children and learners showed real commitment to rhino conservation by posing with rhino props and demonstrating super hero poses in aid of rhino conservation awareness.
One of Gondwana’s main aims is to ensure that our surrounding communities are part of our conservation efforts and that they partake as well as benefit from Gondwana’s conservation initiatives. To round off a fabulous morning the children were presented with different work opportunities that are available to them on the reserve through conservation, and they were treated to a delicious lunch and game drive. Gondwana would like to thank the teachers and principals of the participating schools for joining in on the fun of our World Rhino Day celebration and for sharing in our vision and commitment to conservation through education.
Photography: Raquel de Castro Maia