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British Photographer wins Award drawing attention to “South Africa’s Rhino War”   Leave a comment

From:  SA people News

December 15, 2014 By

British photographer Richard Humphries, who recently won an award for his graphic photographic portrait of “South Africa’s Rhino War”, describes the poaching scenes he witnessed in the Kruger National Park as nothing less than a “full-on war”.

Rhino Poaching in South Africa

Photo: Richard Humphries

Richard has a history with South Africa, having lived in the country, with his wife Jill, for three years from 2009 to 2012 (and they “LOVE it”), but when he visited earlier this year, from their new base in Malaysia, he was shocked by what he came across.

Richard told SAPeople that he returned “for a visit with the intention to explore the Rhino story while I was there.

“Nothing could have prepared me for what I saw. I can only describe it as a full-on war – a war between the anti-poaching teams, and well-armed, well-funded, criminal syndicate gangs.”

Rhino Poaching in South Africa

Photo: Richard Humphries

He cites Limpopo and Mpumalanga province as representing the front line of this Rhino War, with the small town of Hoedspruit – where he was based with Protrack anti-poaching unit – as being the “Forward Operating Base” for anti-poaching teams, thanks to its proximity to the Kruger.

Rhino Poaching in South Africa

Photo: Richard Humphries

In his entry, which won him the Neutral Density Photo Award for Special Photographer of the Year, Richard explains that “Anti-Poaching teams provide security for the game parks within the Kruger area by using highly trained units to patrol large game areas,” but he adds that “despite being well trained, heavily armed, and connected to a deep intelligence network, the Anti-Poaching units often find themselves one step being the criminal gangs.”

Rhino Poaching in South Africa

Photo: Richard Humphries

Richard’s award-winning photos were all taken in January and February this year in the Kruger Park area…and reveal some of the true horror of the poaching that is driving a species to extinction.

In “South Africa’s Rhino War”, Richard points out that:

  • The Tragic Numbers
    A record 1,004 rhinos were killed in South Africa in 2013, up from 668 in 2012, a 50 per cent increase in just one year. If this trend continues in 2014 we will reach the tipping point for Rhinos by the end of the year. By the end of 2014 we will start to be in the negative in terms of deaths and poaching outstripping birth, and the population will start to decline very quickly.
  • The Endangered Lists
    According to the 2013 IUCN Red List the Southern White Rhino is near threatened and the Black Rhino is critically endangered.
  • The Insatiable Demand
    A seemingly insatiable demand for Rhino horn from the medicine markets of Vietnam and China is feeding this madness. Driven by a common belief in Asia that ground-up rhino horns can cure cancer and other ills, the trade has been embraced by ruthless criminal syndicates that normally traffic drugs and guns, but have now branched into the underground animal parts business because it is seen as a low risk, high profit enterprise.
  • The Value
    Rhino horn is now worth more than gold and cocaine on the black market.

As Richard writes, “rhino poaching is fast becoming an epidemic, and one of the most pressing conservation issues in the world today.”

Let’s hope that more international figures like Richard bring attention to this crisis in our land, and on our planet, and that we can turn the tide and save the Rhino. We need all the help we can get…

View more of Richard Humphries’ award-winning “South Africa’s Rhino War” photographs here. 

 

Lion World Travel Donates $10,000 to Support Rhino Conservation in South Africa   Leave a comment

From By: Lion World Travel via GlobeNewswire News Releases

DLERAY BEACH, FL, Nov. 3, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — To celebrate the successful conclusion of Lion World Travel’s#ShareIfYouCare social media campaign, the company will donate $10,000 to the Endangered Wildlife Trust in support of their rhino conservation efforts. This donation is being made through The TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organization operated by The Travel Corporation and its family of travel brands, including Lion World Travel.

The yearlong #ShareIfYouCare social media campaign was designed to raise awareness about the drastic increase in rhino poaching in South Africa over the past decade.

“We received an overwhelming response from our community on social media,” said Lucille Sive, president of Lion World Travel. “I believe that the travel and tourism industry has an obligation to support local wildlife conservation efforts. Our guests experience the natural beauty of Africa first-hand and we’re committed to doing our part to ensure that its beauty is here to stay for generations to come.”

The Endangered Wildlife Trust is one of the multiple projects supported by The TreadRight Wildlife Initiative, launched earlier this year and focusing its support on the fight against wildlife crime.

South Africa’s rhino population faces an unprecedented and increasing threat from poachers. While a decade ago approximately 25 rhinos were killed as a result of poaching in South Africa, that number has grown exponentially and last year more than 1,000 rhinos were killed.

The Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Rhino Conservation Project implements interventions at several stages in the poaching and wildlife trade chain. The contributions of Lion World Travel and The TreadRight Foundation aid the Endangered Wildlife Trust in its care for orphaned baby rhinos, poaching and smuggling deterrent efforts, as well as delivering rhino conservation resource materials and support for landowners and reserve managers.

About Lion World Travel
Lion World Travel is the leading tour operator from North America specializing in group and individual tours to Southern and East Africa, and is a member of the renowned Travel Corporation, which also includes: Trafalgar Tours, Contiki, Brendan Vacations, Insight Vacations, The Red Carnation Hotel Collection and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection. In its 50th year, clients continue to benefit from Lion World Travels’ destination knowledge, expertise, and emphasis on customer service. With their safari specialists all having first-hand knowledge of Africa, Lion World Travel can confidently assist clients in creating an African adventure that fits their specific interests as well as their budget. Extraordinary service, affordable luxury and value for money are what keep clients coming back to Lion World Travel.

Winner of the South African Tourism Ubuntu Awards “Top
Producing Tour Operator for North America” for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014

Winner of “Certificate of Excellence for TripAdvisor” for 2014

Winner of the South African Airways “Award of Excellence in Travel and Tourism for North America” for 2012

About The TreadRight Foundation

At Lion World Travel and parent company The Travel Corporation, we understand that travel matters; it allows us to explore the world and gain a deeper understanding of each destination, its history and culture, through enriching experiences. We also recognize that it is our responsibility to help protect the places we visit and take care of the world around us.

Created as a joint initiative between The Travel Corporation’s family of brands, The TreadRight Foundation is a not-for-profit that works to help ensure the environment and communities we visit remain vibrant and preserved for generations to come. To date, TreadRight has donated more than USD 2.5 million to sustainable tourism projects worldwide. Lion World Travel is proud to be an active founder and supporter of TreadRight’s projects and work. Go to www.lionworldtravel.com/about-us/social-responsibility to learn more.

TreadRight’s guiding principle is to encourage sustainable tourism development through conservation, leadership and support for communities. We encourage each of our partners to use this principle to guide all of their actions, whether at our regional offices or when taking guests around the world. By providing grants to organizations that encourage sustainability in different destinations, we hope to maintain the natural attractions across the world that defines each unique region. Foundation priorities are set by the Steering Committee, which includes sustainability leaders like Céline Cousteau and Costas Christ.

To learn more about our past and current work at TreadRight, please visit us at TreadRight.org.

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I have been nominated by Patty ~ http://petitemagique.wordpress.com/2014/09/17/awards-2/ for The Versatile Blogger   2 comments

Dearest Patty!!

How  honored I am that you would consider me for this blog award!

 

Patty writes an interesting blog and simultaneously shows the most beautiful photos. I sincerely recommend that you have loook at her blog!

The Rules:

1) The nominee shall display the Versatile blogger Award logo on her/his blog.

2) The nominee shall nominate ten (10) bloggers she/he admires, by linking to their blogs and informing them about it.

(My nominees are: (you never have to accept, just know that you are appreciated)

My nominees:  

Rhino Girl->  http://fightforrhinos.com/

Ann–>  http://havehest.wordpress.com/

Stacey–>  http://our-com pass.org/

PreciousJules–>  http://preciousjules1985.wordpress.com/

Chastity–>  http://writersdream9.wordpress.com/

Emy–>  http://emynow.wordpress.com/

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Marc-Andre: He lives in London with his two cats Nubia & Oliver.
Yuki: Also lives in London with her two cats Mao & Snowball.
Laura: Currently lives in the outskirts of Japan. You may have seen her fun reviews of Japanese cat cafes.
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Sloane–>  http://bslnews.org/

Jim–>  http://hanger17.wordpress.com/

Mark –>  http://markdeeble.wordpress.com/

Posted 21 September, 2014 by Wolf is my Soul in Awards and trophies

I Am Part of the WordPress Family Award – Thanks Mavadelo!   3 comments

I Am Part of the WordPress Family Award

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I was awarded this by by Mavadelo’s Mindscape ~ the award was originally created by Shain Gibson, earlier the author of www.prayingforoneday.wordpress.com but since then blogging under the name of shaunynews

I believe it is important to share Shaun’s story of the making of this award – others may differ with my opinion but duch people bother me none.

I started it for this reason:

“This is an award for everyone who is part of the “Word Press Family” I started this award on the basis that the Word Press Family has taken me in and showed me love and a caring side only Word Press can.

The way people take a second to be nice, to answer a question and not make things a competition amazes me here. I know I have been given many awards, but I wanted to leave my own legacy on here by creating my own award, as many have done before.

This represents “Family” we never meet, but are there for us as family. It is my honor to start this award. Thank you,

RULES (EASY)

1. Display the award logo on your blog.
2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
3. Nominate 10 others you see as having an impact on your wordpress experience and family
4. Let your 10 Family members know you have awarded them
5. That is it. Just please pick 10 people that have taken you as a friend, and spread the love.

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