Most efforts to save rhinos from extinction have been focused on protection and taking out the poaching foot soldiers; the people responsible for shooting rhinos and hacking off their horns. The rhinos’ last shot in race against extinction could be demand reduction campaigns, stricter laws and political will by concerned governments. This video was put
Easter Island was once a pristine tropical island thriving with life, primarily in the form of palm forests. After the arrival of Polynesian settlers, however, the ecosystem was transformed into a barren desert. These early inhabitants known as the Rapa Nui used the palm trees and their products for virtually everything: food, shelter, canoes, firewood,
People and wildlife will always have to compete for resources and space as long as people reside in areas where animals are also present. Some civilizations have had conflicts with the local wildlife, either from competing for resources or because of risks with livelihoods. Prime examples of wildlife skirmishes can be exhibited with the overexploitation
Who was Cecil the Lion? Cecil was an African lion who roamed a national park in Zimbabwe. He was well liked by tourists for his distinctive mane, and he was the leader of a large pride that dominated certain areas within the park. He was a key player in maintaining environmental balance. And now that
By Fortunate M. Phaka (Youth 4 African Wildlife Project Leader) “ Demand reduction is something we have neglected in Africa. As important as other anti-poaching measures are we have to reach the hearts and minds of consumers. We have to change their behaviour. I believe that most of the demand is generated because those consumers
Conservation; “The protection, preservation, management, or restoration of wildlife and of natural resources such as forests, soil, and water” The intentions of conservation look good on paper, but we must ask ourselves if conservation is becoming more neoliberal in an ever increasing capitalist world. Let us look at the methods of philanthropy as a way
By Olivia Goldring (Y4AW 2015 intern) It’s so hard to attract a person’s attention. It is even harder to make a person care. Ask ad agencies trying to market their newest product or even your friend whose eyes are glued to his smart phone at dinner. People have their own jobs and kids and problems
Poaching has become a pandemic in Africa. Across the continent, many animals are killed or removed from their home environment mainly due to human greed. Endangered animals’ numbers are dwindling, and conservation groups around the world are focusing on how best to save these beautiful creatures from undeniable decline. However, with all this focus on
Collaring Elephants: Inside their social circles and movement patterns, we learn how to better protect them
written by Victoria Baldwin, Y4AW intern of July, 2015 It takes twenty-six of my hands to palm the girth of an average elephant collar. Harnessing an animal that size isn’t tangible until you hold the leather and buckles, pass the weight between your arms. Nothing about it feels right, clasping something around a neck that
This short video shows a typical day in the bush with Youth4AfricanWildlife.
After spending several weeks in the bush, I have become more and more aware of how unappreciated gnus, or “wildebeests” are. Everyone calls them dumb and ugly, and safari vehicles do not bother to stop for pictures. So what is with all the hate? Is it just because they are so common? I find them
After spending nearly a month in the South African bush, I have become more and more intrigued with the rhino horn poaching issue. After extensive research on the matter, I have found that it is a real crisis and if things keep progressing at this rate, the rhino will go extinct within the next decade.
A few weeks ago, an American tourist in one of South Africa’s Lion Parks lost her life when a lioness approached the vehicle and fatally wounded the victim. In an unfortunate situation, the victim, Katharine Chappell, was responsible for her own death as she leaned outside her vehicle to take a photo of the lioness,
Say you are on a safari with your family. You are in the wild, surrounded by the beautiful South African savannah, and you notice on the horizon a female white rhino and her calf sauntering towards your vehicle, grazing as they go. Maybe you see their beauty, maybe you are afraid of their power, or
As a mega-herbivore, a plant-eater of more than 2,000 pounds in size, the rhinoceros is a largely visible and incredibly important portion of the African ecosystem. Due to its size alone, the rhinoceros does a brilliant job of clearing small shrubs and trees as it moves through an area. By clearing a plentiful amount of
Our world is made up of carefully balanced ecosystems, where different components rely on each other. With increasing human interference over the past decades, these natural cycles have been disrupted and destroyed. As wildlife starts disappearing from ecosystems, the whole system is thrown out of balance. This cycle can essentially be described as the trophic
Every year, thousands of tourists get caught in the trap that is cub petting. Captivated by the baby lions, tourists readily throw money at lion farms for the chance to get a photo and play with the cute and cooperative cubs. Even celebrities have been drawn in to the practice. Recently, Trevor Noah, a huge
On safari in South Africa, I was able to witness firsthand several elephants in their natural habitat playing by a watering hole. Sitting there, I was overwhelmed by their presence; they had a certain air about them, an overpowering calmness that radiated towards our Jeep. I watched as one of the elephants gazed at his
Gold. Diamonds. Rhino horn. What do these three things have in common? They are all extremely sought after luxury goods. Rhino horn is currently one of the most expensive luxury goods in the world, selling for about $60,000 per kilogram. Each rhino horn itself is approximately 1kg-3kg, so an entire horn can sell for upwards
On my first game drive in South Africa, I heard a gunshot in the distance. We were driving along a protected reserve, quietly observing the fauna and flora around us with our digital cameras. The shot was an abrupt reminder that not all areas of Africa were as peaceful as the one we were currently
By Fortunate M. Phaka Introduction Our environment consists of complex and interconnected relationships with different systems cooperating in ways that are not as yet fully understood. Studying and conserving the environment requires a multidisciplinary and also interdisciplinary approach to ensure survival of all beings including us. Rhino conservation should not be exempt from this approach and
After completing her Youth 4 African Wildlife Internship in 2014, Lianna Nixon returned back to Boulder, Colorado to continue her studies at University of Colorado’s Classics department. Since then, Lianna has been greatly involved with educating her community on wildlife issues that vary on an international scale. She organized the Global March For Elephants And
Interview with Jamie Joseph, founder of savingthewild.com – empowering Global Citizens to be a force for good.
After completing her Youth 4 African Wildlife internship, Sarah returned to her film and theatre studies at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Since her internship she has gained the confidence to truly see a project through; from start to finish, and from the rough spots to the easy spots. This past semester she directed a
EXPLICIT WARNING This video should not be viewed by small children. It MUST be viewed by animal lovers, poachers, wildlife traffickers and consumers of elephant tusks or rhino horn. An elephant is killed for its ivory every 15 minutes. There are less than 450,000 left in Africa. A rhino is killed for its horn every 8 hours. There are less than 27,000 rhinos left
Global March for Elephants and Rhinos took place in 136 cities globally.
Clara Bowe is one of our 2014 interns and upon return to the US she started her Masters degree in Environmental Conservation at New York University. Besides her studies Clara has also been doing a host of other things while continuing to be a force for good. She has been taking classes in non profit
After completing her internship in 2014 Vanina Harel started a Masters degree in film and electronic media at American University in Washington DC, specializing in wildlife and environmental documentary production. She has so far produced several documentaries, including a short-film on sustainable farming in Virginia and a 30-minute documentary on the Chesapeake Bay for Maryland
The founder of Youth 4 African Wildlife, Dex Kotze, and one of our former interns, Fortunate M. Phaka, along with others involved in rhino conservation efforts recently made presentations to the South African government’s rhino committee of inquiry concerning possible ways to solve the poaching crisis. The committee was established to deliberate on the possibility
Rhino poaching is not a local problem anymore; it is a global issue. Five young people from around the world came to South Africa to work together and make a difference. They had 50 days to raise global awareness and funds to help save the African rhino from extinction.
Global March For Elephants & Rhinos strategist and Y4AW founder’s presentation for the Rhino Commission of Inquiry
The South African government’s Rhino Commission of Inquiry will be hosting a 3 day stakeholder workshop from the 25th to the 27th of March 2015. During the 3 days they will listen to presentations and also consider information regarding possible solutions to curbing rhino poaching. Dex Kotze, the founder of Youth 4 African Wildlife (Y4AW),
Y4AW ambassador Kate Ochsman delves into the world of canned lion hunting and uses her interview with lion whisperer, Kevin Richardson, to highlight the various issues surrounding Canned Hunting such as the difference between canned hunting and ethical hunting, and the manipulation of volunteers. This film also features footage from Chris Mercer of cannedlion.org. https://youtu.be/4dEl7c1zFAI?list=UUw0GsPp9l3tMKZTUssE9MFA
The fight to stop the senseless slaughter of our wildlife does not stop when our interns go home after spending a month living in the South African bush. Youth 4 African Wildlife partnered with former interns Kate Ochsman (2014 intern) and Mary Obeyd (January 2015 intern) to create a short documentary on the canned hunting of
Our January 2015 interns talk about the dos and don’ts of responsible. A ‘How-To’ video to ensure that you don’t unwittingly contribute to animal cruelty when travelling to new places. Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJi6qiQlMcU [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJi6qiQlMcU&w=560&h=315]
Can youth of today be a force for change and stop the slaughter of wildlife? Our Y4AW interns highlight successful youth movements in history and challenge youth of today to band together to end the poaching crisis. YouTube link: http://youtu.be/3FQZIyRkwL8 [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FQZIyRkwL8]
Jamie Joseph is a writer and environmental activist working fulltime on Africa’s poaching crisis and contributing to the current Youth 4 African Wildlife internship. On her latest article while she is based with the Y4AW interns she writes about a mission to save the last of Great Tuskers. To read the full story follow the