A beautiful Rhino sculpture painted by our local artists is offered to your company in exchange for sponsorship. Your Rhino will have a plaque on its base displaying your brand’s name, logo and mission statement. Your brand’s logo will also be featured on our website, social media platforms and various marketing materials. Some of our Sponsors include: The One & Only Hotel, Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, The Radisson Blu Hotel Group, Motswari Private Game Reserve and Pick ‘n Pay. They are already using their Rhinos on their own social media platforms and for their PR and marketing campaigns in the run up to the Exhibition.
The City of Cape Town is delighted to partner with us on this initiative by enabling Art Rhinos to be exhibited at numerous most-visited iconic tourism sites. This fabulous summer Outdoor Art Exhibition will benefit Cape Town and environs on many different levels. For example, there will also be a special programme working with schools to uplift children living in poverty through art, and other events where your brand will shine.
Our initiative will raise significant funds for projects focused on rhino conservation. This is a fresh, new and less serious fundraising approach to the most serious business of saving our precious rhinos. Proceeds from the auction of the Rhinos after the Exhibition will go to StopRhinoPoaching.com, or an approved Rhino Conservation organisation that you support.
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A new report compiled by the US Democrats Natural Resources Committee outlines how hunting is hurting wildlife populations more than helping save them – as is often cited as the reason to allow the practice.
In its report, titled “Missing the Mark”, the NRC notes that money paid to nations like South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania and Zimbabwe to hunt wildlife does little to aid conservation, thanks to poor levels of management in wildlife programmes.
The report said that despite the justification of aiding conservation, populations of the animals most sought after (specifically the ‘big five’) have seen massive decline, with certain species (such as the Northern Black rhino) on the brink of extinction.
“On paper, all four countries examined in this report have equally strong frameworks for ensuring that trophy hunts benefit species conservation. Unfortunately, the implementation of these frameworks has in many cases been marred by corruption and has not produced the advertised and desired results,” the NSC said.
“Even in countries with better execution of wildlife conservation plans, significant questions remain about whether or not trophy hunting is sustainable.”
The NSC noted that keeping track of wildlife data is difficult, as many of the countries base their figures on old data, or are completely unreliable in their reporting.
Declining wildlife populations
- African Elephant – 420,000 – 650,000
- White Rhino – fewer than 16,000
- Black Rhino – fewer than 5,000
- Leopard – undetermined, but fewer than 4,000 (South Africa), 14,000 (Namibia)
- African Lion – fewer than 20,000
The report also outlined the average cost of hunting the “big five” – one of the biggest hunting draws on the continent – which ranges between R2.8 million and R4.4 million-plus to get the whole ‘set’.
- Lion – $8,500-$50,000
- Elephant – $25,000-$60,000
- White Rhino – $125,000+
- Leopard – $15,000-$35,000
- Buffalo – $12,500-$17,000
- Average cost – $186,000 – $287,000+
Looking specifically at South Africa, the NSC pointed out that the country is one of the more effective when it comes to hunting and conservation, but raised the issue of rhino poaching which South Africa has failed to stop.
According to the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), South Africa has lost more than R1.3 billion to rhino poaching since 2008.
“Wildlife management in South Africa is generally better funded than in many other places on the continent, but the country’s wildlife population has been hit hard by poaching in recent years, particularly with respect to its white rhino population,” the group said.
“While trophy hunting industry proponents assert that the presence of hunting operations deters poaching, there is no evidence of such an effect. Rhino poaching has soared during the last decade even as the South African government has encouraged trophy hunting.”
The report also noted that South Africa has recently come under increasing fire for allowing the practice of canned hunting – and has also fallen victim in recent years to a phenomenon known as “pseudo-hunting,” whereby individuals associated with wildlife trafficking rings participate in legally permitted hunts for white rhino with the intention of selling the trophy for profit.
Game hunting in South Africa
A poll run by BusinessTech in 2015 found that 63% of South Africans would be in favour of hunting being banned in South Africa.
However, imposing such ban would have far-reaching, detrimental consequences for one of the country’s biggest industries.
Game hunting is a multi-billion rand industry in South Africa, bringing in over R6.6 billion in various sectors tied directly to the industry (such as the purchasing of permits, meat processing, taxidermy etc), while also boosting other industries such as tourism.
According to the Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa (PHASA), game hunting keeps hundreds of businesses going, employing thousands, while also funding conservation projects in the country.
The Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Barbara Thomson, has paid tribute to local communities and the youth for their commitment to combating rhino poaching.
Deputy Minister Thomson said the youth, as the moral, economic, political and thought leaders of tomorrow are key in the battle that is being fought.
“They are the future conservation leaders and are the generation that will influence the continued existence of legal and illegal wildlife markets, thus contributing to a decline in the consumption, and demand, for rhino horn,” she said.
“We rely on communities, nationally and internationally, to support us in neutralising the threat posed by organised transnational criminal syndicates involved in the illegal wildlife trade. It is only through working with communities that sustainable solutions to the problem can be found,” said the Deputy Minister.
The Deputy Minister led the World Rhino Day 2015 celebrations, hosted by the Department of Environmental Affairs in partnership with the iSimangaliso Wetland Park at St Lucia in northern KwaZulu-Natal today, 22 September 2015.
World Rhino Day – 22 September – was launched by the World Wildlife Fund-South Africa in 2010 to celebrate the five different species of Rhino. The Day has since grown to become a global event to draw attention to the impact of poaching on the continued survival of the species.
South Africa has a proud conservation record, having brought the rhino back from near extinction in the 1960s to a healthy estimated 20 000 black and white rhino by the end of 2013. The country has been described as the only remaining hope for the world in terms of rhino conservation.
The World Rhino Day event at iSimangaliso included the handing out much-needed equipment to some of the 185 entrepreneurs supported through the World Heritage Site’s Rural Enterprise Programme. So far, equipment to the value of R 5.9 million has been awarded to participating enterprises. iSimangaliso is also investing in skills for the future – 67 students are being supported to study at University in the fields of conservation and tourism to develop skills.
Year-on-year the land care and infrastructure development programmes, funded through the Department of Environmental Affairs, have employed community-based contractors creating over 50 000 temporary jobs in the last 10 years. Training programmes in tourism, hospitality and tour-guiding have included local people in the growth.
“These new partners benefit directly from conservation and in this way the Park’s outstanding heritage values have become tangible,” said the Deputy Minister ahead of World Heritage Day to be marked on Thursday, 24 September 2015.
The Deputy Minister also signed the World Youth Wildlife Declaration through which youth have demanded that their voices be heard stating that they do not want to be the generation to tell their grandchildren that they did nothing about rhino poaching or wildlife crime.
“Public awareness is pertinent in achieving the department’s priorities aimed at building a culture of environmental awareness and instilling a sense of responsible citizenship using social marketing tactics,” said the Deputy Minister.
The Department of Environmental Affair, has been leading the implementation of the Integrated Strategic Management of Rhinoceros in South Africa, which was approved by the Cabinet in August 2014. The four key aspects of the programme are the management of rhino populations, compulsory or pro-active anti-poaching interventions, national and international collaboration and long-term sustainability measures, which include the inclusion of communities in all initiatives aimed at ending rhino poaching.
Among the measures in the approach bearing fruit has been the deployment of the Department’s Environmental Management Inspectors, better known as the Green Scorpions, at the O R Tambo International Airport to make sure that non-compliance with the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (NEMBA) and its Regulations are enforced. The main aim is to detect the trafficking of wildlife products.
As part of the national roll-out of this initiative, we are in the process of deploying Green Scorpions to KwaZulu-Natal. These inspectors will be based at King Shaka International Airport (KSIA) and service Durban harbour, the Airport and the Golela border post.
The Deputy Minister called on communities to blow the whistle on rhino poaching, and wildlife crime.
“By blowing the whistle on rhino poaching and wildlife crime you are not only contributing towards saving a species for future generations – our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren – to enjoy and benefit from, you are also contributing to a safer society,” she said. “I would again like to appeal to all of you here today, to become the eyes and ears of the police – to report rhino and wildlife crime, and to state clearly: Not on our Watch!”
Issued by: Department of Environmental Affairs