The role of research in conservation

In my quest to learn more about rhinos, I became disheartened when I discovered that there is so little research published about rhinos, even basic anatomy is not entirely known. We are essentially trying to save a species that we do not have much basic information about. Rhinos that are poached do not necessarily always

Is it time to move rhinos to safe havens?

The sun began to set during the cool evening, stretching a golden hue over the African sky. I put down my camera to soak in the magnificence that lay before my eyes, a gift from nature. The sunlight reflected against their silhouettes, radiating tones of silver from their skin. I keenly watched as the lone

Video: Raising A Rhino Orphan

Our interns put their newly acquired camera skills to use and show us what it takes to raise a calf orphaned by the rhino poaching crisis. This is one of four videos the interns get to produce while they are  on the Y4AW internship. Youtube Link: [youtube]

Our First Internship For 2015

Our first internship for 2015 is in full swing. The new interns have settled in well, everyone enjoys living among wildlife and their conservation journey is becoming more personal as their bond with nature grows. To follow their progress and see how they apply their newly acquired photography, filmmaking and social media skills follow the

Attachment Effects of Poaching

I am fascinated by the human psyche. I studied psychology for six years, two of which were from a family systems context during my postgraduate studies. As I delve into the natural world and experience the beauty of wildlife, I have enjoyed learning about the psychological and emotional aspects of animals, both independently and within

The Observer

As we drive into the bush, I can feel my lungs tighten I am breathless and speechless as we search for a lion They are majestic and beautiful, though I’ve never seen them fightin’ I’ve learned to use my camera, raising the ISO to brighten I use my words to enlighten, inspiring people how to

The seduction of nature

A must read by Jamie Joseph about beauty, bloodlust and ivory. The sins of the father must end in this generation. Jamie works alongside various wildlife organisations in Africa, ‘writing stories from the trenches’, and sharing these stories from the ground up. Her objective is to educate, inspire and raise awareness of the plight of our

Jamie Joseph contributes to the Y4AW internship

Welcome Jamie Joseph to the Y4AW family, Jamie is a writer and environmental activist currently reporting from the frontline of Africa’s poaching crisis & she is also part of our January 2015 internship. Follow her journey on Follow the link below to read more about her war on poaching.

The elephant orphans of Kenya

Prior to joining Youth 4 African Wildlife, I had the privilege of spending five days in Nairobi, Kenya with Edwin Lusichi, head keeper of David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. For more than 15 years, Edwin has been part of the DSWT team, rescuing orphaned baby elephants that have been victimized by poaching and human-wildlife conflict, with

Africa Geographic: Youth for African Wildlife

Y4AW was recently featured in Africa Geographic’s blog. The article was brilliantly written by Jamie Joseph and it gives a glimpse into the Y4AW 4 week internship. Jamie, best described as a storyteller, is the founder of , a writer, strategist and activist working full time on Africa’s poaching crisis. “There is that saying, we haven’t

Video: Y4AW Founder Talks About How Corruption Fuels Poaching

Conservationist, businessman, strategist and wildlife photograper Dex Kotze talks to Truthloader about the recent Global March for Elephants and Rhinos and about the current poaching situation in African countries and across the world. [youtube] Youtube Link:

Video: Y4AW founder heads Global March with one of his interns

Youth 4 African Wildlife founder, Dex Kotze, and one of his interns, Fortunate M. Phaka, speak at the Global March For Elephants and Rhinos about the purpose of this march and why it is different from others before it. [youtube] YouTube Link:

Video: Head of UNDP Helen Clark rallies behind the Global March For Elephants & Rhinos

Head of the United Nations Development Program, Helen Clark calls on global community to support the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos and stand together to stop the bloody slaughter. Youtube Video: [youtube] Find out where you can march for elephants, rhinos & lion at: #MarchAgainstExtinction

Rhino horns of a trade dilemma: A summary of the anti- & pro-trade arguments

It is always good to hear both sides of the story and it is also fair to both parties involved. There’s currently a debate raging on about whether or not legalising trade in horn will be a good move in the fight against rhino poaching. The South African government has made no secret of their

Citizen Carnage: Materialism & Misconceptions Killing Our Wildlife (Video)

[youtube] Actress & Environmentalist Kate Bowen plays the role of ‘Citizen Carnage’, a self-centred modern human being leading a materialistic life filled with misconceptions about wildlife, the type of person the world does not need. Citizen Carnage does what she wants. She doesn’t care who is left crying, dead and extinct in her wake.

Conservation is never a black & white issue

Conservation is rarely a black or white issue; not only from a racial perspective but from ethical and economic viewpoints as well. Conservation has one ultimate goal but people justify their involvement in conservation in many different ways. You get people that conserve wildlife solely for its inherent value and consider human beings to be

Banking on sustainability

Sustainable development is a term that is not easy to define or interpret. For this reason sustainability is also a vague concept. At one extreme you have weak sustainability which allows for a trade-off between the environment and economic growth. At the other extreme there is strong sustainability which advocates for natural stocks to remain

Letter to the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

Young African Leaders Initiative U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit 04 August 2014 I am writing as a concerned member of the South African youth, an environmental management graduate & one of Africa’s future leaders in the field of conservation. Firstly I would like to commend the U.S. government for reaching out to so many


“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong in the broken places.” -Ernest Hemmingway I’m familiar with the concept of trauma. In fact, I know it intimately – I have had more than my fair share. But trauma is not a problem unique to my experience. In some cases, people are traumatized so badly

The only way to remove the rhino poaching weed is by uprooting it.

Growing up in the rural parts of South Africa and helping out in my grandmother’s garden I learned at an early age that the best way to get rid of weeds was to pull them out by the roots. My grandmother being a very traditional gardener did not believe in herbicides, and to this day

“Wild” Dogs

In 2005, on my first trip with my family to South Africa, I saw a pack of wild dogs and they immediately became my favourite African animal (elephants being a very close second). As our landrover was slowing down to find potential thirsty animals at a watering hole, an impala shot out of the tall

The Rhino Revolution

What is the real challenge in facing the rhino-poaching crisis today? Would it be the poachers? Or their security on a reserve? What about government action? These are all important but short-term complications that feed into the biggest issue of all: the demand. What makes the demand of rhino horn so important? For those of

Run For Your Life

I’m a runner. I try to run everyday for at least 15 minutes. Outside. No treadmills allowed. And I have been a runner for about a year and a half. Well, a relatively regular runner for a year and a half now. When I started, it was just to try and get fit. Get healthy.