Some Good News
I had hoped that the next Jurassic Park would feature Ice Age animals, but alas...I will have to make do with real life science (and go see the movie anyway). :)
Want to read more about the world's first baby woolly rhinoceros? Click here.
Poachers just don't see these animals like most people. They are seen as money. There are many things to discuss involving the use (or abuse) of animals for people whether it be for food, entertainment or even as pets. But I just don't understand how someone could look at these photos and continue to use rhino horn. I answered my own question, however, because they are not looking at these photos - they ignore the consequences.
So...Save the Rhino - the organization for which I ran the London Marathon - has teamed up with British celebrities to help raise money and awareness for anti-poacher dog patrols at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya. Jude Law is perhaps the most recognizable name, but for fans of British television, Peter Capaldi (Skins, Dr. Who) should be as well. And did I mention some of the cast of Downton Abbey as well?!?!? For more information, read the article from The Independent.
Read the WWF announcement here.
The photo above was taken from National Geographic and their article detailing the attempted murder of Virunga's Chief Warden.
Vietnam's Ministry of Health acknowledged that there is no evidence that rhino horn cures cancer. "Meeting participants, including the Traditional Medicine Association showed unanimous acknowledgement that there is no evidence to support the myth that rhino horn can cure cancer, which is a significant step."
Lots of Encouraging News
It takes a village to protect a rhino.
Probably the best news I could hear regarding Sumatran Rhinos - Sumatra has decided to send a male Sumatran to Cincinnati to breed with Suci
South African rhinos moving to Botswana to escape poaching
India to de-horn their rhinos in efforts to curtail poaching - this is an interesting one. Part of Africa tried de-horning in the 90s but it backfired two-fold. Poachers killed the rhinos anyway (since they couldn't tell the de-horned from the horned via tracks) and calf mortality increased. I don't think it's been tried in Asia before.
There's also a new PSA from WildAid starring Prince William, David Beckham and Yao Ming (below).
Most of you have probably heard of the auction in Texas where a permit to hunt an endangered black rhinoceros in Namibia was auctioned off to an American hunter.
Here is an open letter addressed to the "winner."