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Author (Amanda Green), Blogger, Life Writing Workshop coach, BACP Counsellor Dip., Aerial Photographer and Orangutan, Animal and Mental Health campaigner in Essex

Is it the last chance to see the White Rhino? Zambia, TV & celebrities – help or hinder?

In February 2007, my partner and were lucky enough to see the last two white Rhino in Zambia, Southern Africa, during a half day safari. One male and one female, they made the perfect duo to breed – very important since the White Rhino is so endangered.

So, I was very sad to find out, in May of the same year, that the pair had been shot by poachers, resulting in the females death and severe damage to the male, who, luckily was saved.

Whilst there, we had investigated how tight the 24 hour security was for these animals and others in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Victoria Falls). Security had been set up to protect the White Rhino in particular. They said that they were watched and followed 24 hours every day, so where were they when the animals were shot? Those two Rhino’s were actually imported to Zambia as part of a project to help breed and save its kind, so this really was devasting.

Unfortunately, the Rhino (not just the white Rhino) is very lucrative to its captors and murderers, as it’s horn is used in Chinese medicine.

It was in the news earlier this year, as, according to the Times, and other media, Elle MacPherson was interviewed online and professed to using it, stating that it tastes like crushed bone, but she soon issued a statement saying that it was incorrect and misunderstood. So, whether she is endorsing the murder and extinction of these wonderful creatures or not, the news was still a reminder to our Western world that we need to be aware of the destruction of many species around the world, including my most loved Oran-Utan.

I look forward to seeing the TV special of ‘Last chance to see’ on Sunday 31st October 2010, where Mark Carwardine and Stephen Fry, will discuss and investigate the plight of the Rhinoceros and follow attempts to move the world’s rarest rhinos from a snowy zoo in the Czech Republic to the expanses of Kenya. I do hope it will work this time and the very best of luck to all involved in making this project work.

I will add some of my Zambia White Rhino photos to this page soon…. 🙂

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