The Rhino’s Last Shot

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

Wake Up!

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,

The Sixth Extinction–Changing Our Ways Now

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

Cecil the Lion: What His Death Means

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

Vietnamese Youth Helping Keep Rhino Wild

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 and Capitalism: A Love Story

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

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

Rhinos today – then what?

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 Lion’s Portrayal in the Media

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,

Inside the Mind of a Poacher

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

One of the Few Remaining Giants

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

Rhino conservation requires a multi-disciplinary and co-operative approach

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

Keeping up with our former interns: Lianna Nixon

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

Keeping up with our former interns: Sarah Doody

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

Where will the Giants Roam?

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

Keeping up with our former interns: Vanina Harel

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

Rhino Commission of Inquiry Presentations

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

50 Days to Save the African Rhino

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),

Banned Canned Hunting of Lions

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

Video: Youth 4 Global Change

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: [youtube]