World Rhino Day

It takes a village to save a rhino : what can’t be achieved by a single organisation becomes possible working together

If you weren’t able to join our World Rhino Day 2020 live event, we’ve provided a link to the recording below. Enjoy some fascinating insights as a group of dedicated rhino conservationists discuss their learnings and strategies to protect, conserve and raise crucial awareness on the protection of this iconic species.

There’s no silver bullet to end rhino poaching. It’s an incredibly complex battle and it’s going to take all of us to win it.

Meet our fellow rhino conservationists

In this engaging discussion focused on rhino conservation, each of the panelists brings their insights, learnings and specific approach to the discussion table. And no, there is no single strategy to solve the complexities of the long-standing poaching threat; however, when one combines the expertise and passion of a seasoned group of rhino conservationists, a ground shift comes ever closer.

Host: Andrew Parker

ConServe Global, Founder and Director

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Andrew will be hosting our World Rhino Day guest panel. As a man who has spent the past 25 years working to advance conservation in Africa, he has first-hand experience of all aspects of protected area management.

His career path has been driven by a firm conviction that enduring conservation solutions require the involvement and empowerment of local communities as nature’s ultimate stewards. He believes firmly that conservation can, and must, be part of the solution to Africa’s development agenda.

With specific reference to the premise that “it takes a village to save a rhino”, Andrew’s response was that solving rhino poaching requires a whole-of-society approach and that no single entity can do it alone.

Lee-Anne Yammin

Our Horn is NOT Medicine, Founder and Campaign Manager

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What is the story behind Our Horn is NOT Medicine? How can we re-initiate positive engagement and fresh interest around the unrelenting rhino poaching crisis?

Following an incident in 2012, Lee-Anne’s involvement in rhino conservation became very personal. In this conversation, she shares just how much difference a committed individual can achieve, and the tremendous power of simply sharing awareness.

Dr Jacques Flamand

WWF/Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Black Rhino Range Expansion Project, Leader

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What is the WWF/Black Rhino Range Expansion Project? How does it meet the challenges of extensive land requirements?

In his career as a wildlife vet, Dr Flamand has been involved in the care of thousands of rhino. As the leader of this dedicated initiative, he brings a powerful perspective on the role of private, public and community partnerships in the conservation of this critically endangered species.

Simon Naylor

&Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve, Reserve Manager

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What does it take to protect a rhino on the ground? How can the tension between the sliding value of a rhino in the wild vs the rising value of its horn on the black market be navigated?

Simon brings a deep understanding shaped by decades of learnings on &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve where a multi-faceted approach protects one of the world’s most important populations of black and white rhino.

Dr Dave Cooper

Wildlife veterinarian

Why is translocation a valuable conservation strategy? You have such a rich past history to present in the face of our poaching onslaught – can you tell us about that?

Dr Dave, a veterinarian with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife since 1995, has been involved in the relocation of over 2,500 rhino. He is regarded as one of the leading experts in rhino immobilisation, capture and transport, and brings a wealth of insights to the discussion.

Dereck & Beverly Joubert

Great Plains Conservation, Founders and Chairman

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What was the original objective of Rhinos Without Borders? How has the project developed? What is its current role?

Filmmakers, photographers, National Geographic Explorers-at-Large and conservationists, Dereck and Beverly discuss this groundbreaking cross-border rhino conservation initiative – a working example of what is possible when commercial competitors, conservation organisations and governments come together in a shared goal.

Isaac Tembe

Africa Foundation, Head of Methodology, Monitoring & Evaluation

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Who is Africa Foundation? What role do rural communities neighbouring protected wildlife areas play in the protection of rhino?

As someone who has been with Africa Foundation from the outset, Isaac brings to the table an acute understanding of the mutual dependency between the community, who are a reserve’s first line of defence, and conservation, which drives and supports meaningful benefits for the community.

Elise Serfontein

Stop Rhino Poaching, Founding Director

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What qualifying criteria is applied to the rhino conservation projects you support? How have the COVID-19 restrictions impacted rhino poaching within the selected reserves that you are involved with?

Elise gives a compelling view from the frontline of the ongoing battle against rhino poaching. Stop Rhino Poaching has a national footprint for strategic funding of security initiatives and ranger support at the sharp end of this conflict.

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