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
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
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oScU48p72ho [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oScU48p72ho&w=560&h=315]
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
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
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
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
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 savingthewild.com Follow the link below to read more about her war on poaching. http://www.savingthewild.com/2014/12/my-war-on-poaching-reporting-from-africas-trenches/
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
Once in while we take a break from the conservation work and jam to the sounds of two of our favourite rangers, Dan & Shaun, as they perform ‘A Lekker Day In Africa’. This right here is the soundtrack to Africa’s vast wilderness. Enjoy! Youtube Link: http://youtu.be/ilyGnW4d8DU [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilyGnW4d8DU&w=420&h=315]
“Last week the number of South African rhinos poached for their horn since January surpassed the 2013 total of 1,004. At the time of publishing the number was 1,030. With this news more weight will be put behind the arguments in favour of legalising trade in rhino horn, a strategy that some claim will reduce
What if the key to making people more conscious of the environmental consequences of their actions rests in the wording used when referring to these environmental issues?
#WhereAreTheCalves 2012 – 668 rhinos poached. 2013 – 1004 rhinos poached. 2014 ( 5 November) – 969 rhinos poached. The question no one bothers to ask is where the surviving calves of these poached rhinos go. The world’s first orphanage dedicated to baby rhinos wants to save as many of the survivors as possible, and
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 savingthewild.com , a writer, strategist and activist working full time on Africa’s poaching crisis. “There is that saying, we haven’t
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4yL0k0Qaew&w=560&h=315] Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4yL0k0Qaew
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_lpvXD9hQE&w=560&h=315] YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_lpvXD9hQE&feature=youtu.be&a
The Johannesburg leg of the Global March For Elephants, Rhinos & Lions proved to be a huge success, attended by all creeds and colours looking to put an end to the senseless slaughter. The youth’s presence was also notable as they seek to take back their future. Youtube Link: http://youtu.be/0mkReMzypls [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mkReMzypls&w=560&h=315]
Where are all the calves? Arrie van Deventer wants to know where all the calves that survive rhino poaching incidents disappear to. He is the founder of the world’s first rhino orphanage. A man determined to save the young survivors of the rhino poaching scourge and also ask simple questions; Where do all the calves
One of our 2014 interns, Fortunate M. Phaka, was invited to an afternoon drive show (Called the Martin Bester Drive) on South Africa’s biggest commercial radio station, Jacaranda FM, to speak about the Global March For Elephants, Rhinos & Lions and why it is important that people, especially the youth, should take a stand against
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: http://youtu.be/wEtzWeJ96kY [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEtzWeJ96kY&w=560&h=315] Find out where you can march for elephants, rhinos & lion at: www.march4elephantsandrhinos.org #MarchAgainstExtinction
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
The latest rhino poaching statistics reveal rhino poaching to still be very rampant in South Africa. As at the 11th of September 2014 769 rhinos were killed in the country. On the 17th of August the numbers stood at 695 rhinos and on the 13th of the same month the numbers showed that 658 rhinos
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hM6P4wRTyNc&w=854&h=510] 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.
The Last Elephant: http://youtu.be/FPcNsO7jrlI
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98Fz0AZ_zrQ&w=420&h=315] via Green Mile Safari – Hunting abuses in Tanzania – YouTube.
Startling new figures out of Africa show the extent to which ivory poaching is endangering elephants. via HuffPost Live.
Taking to the streets for elephant and rhino | Africa Geographic Blog.
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
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
On World Elephant Day the North Carolina Zoo plans to burn their rhino horn & elephant tusk stockpiles valued at about 1 million US dollars as their way of taking a stand against rhino and elephant poaching.
The weeks spent working on conservation at ground level flew by like hours. The time to leave the veldt and head back to the big bad city had come. A few minutes following my return to civilization I noticed my breathing patterns were slightly different and a throbbing headache was starting to split my head
Young African Leaders Initiative U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit 2014Africanleaderssummitpolicyoffice@state.gov 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
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
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
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
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.