We have learned so much about the poaching crisis since engaging a year and a half ago. The most poignant being, that there is no "silver bullet" solution.
There are only a number of different initiatives, that when activated simultaneously will prevent the extinction of Africa's endangered animals. This is why we focus on partnering with a variety of people and organizations whose specialities range in scope from undercover intelligence gathering, air-lifting rhino to safer countries, training rangers to intercept poachers and tighten borders, funding orphanages who care and triage survivors of poached animals and that we support specific game reserves in a number of ways, because we believe they will always provide a safe haven and shelter to endangered species while we collectively help to propagate their healthy return to the wild.
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As our global community grows in numbers, so can our outreach to the people, organizations and initiatives we support. By understanding the complicated threads that lead to poaching on the ground, a kinder picture emerges.
Poverty is one of the biggest challenges we face. How can we ask a local community to care for an elephant, when they can't put food on the table for their family? This leaves too much room for exploitation from crime syndicates to step in and offer enormous sums to locals that can literally mean the difference between life and death for a family.
Only when the villages have income and sustenance can they turn their attention to protecting their elephants, rhino, big cats and other endangered animals. Currently, these communities are in survival mode and therefore allowing poaching to occur.
With your help we can empower communities with skills and the tools to see that financially, these animals hold more value to them alive than dead.
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Thank you for joining us in protecting these remarkable animals.
MYTHS VS. FACTS
- In July alone, over 45 rhinos have been poached (killed) for their horns. We believe it is directly related to South Africa's lifting the ban on trading rhino horns - there are many who disagree with us - but when the deaths double with each month that passes after the ba - it's hard to argue in our opinion!
- Most poaching has been taking place in Africa's National Parks, not the private game reserves, but since the rhino horn sales ban was lifted - private game reserves are also starting to feel the pain of crime syndicates poaching their rhino and elephants.
- If these majestic animals disappear, it will certainly be a tragic loss for us and our planet, but it will be a catastrophic blow to the social and economic infrastructures of the communities in Africa. Without the promise of seeing elephants, rhino and big cats roaming the plains, tourism will surely cease and the 56 million people who currently venture into Africa on safari every year will seek other destinations. If we act now, it is definitely possible to turn this tragedy around.
- A rhino horn can sell for as much as $850,000 on the black market. The man who actually takes the animal's life may only see $150-$2,500 at the local level, that sum rises with each handover of the horn up to the Kingpin who sells it, usually in Asia, and reaps the highest reward.
- A rhino horn will grow back in 4 years, so there is no need for these animals to die for their horns. Killing them keeps the prices high through scarcity.
- We need to focus on long term solutions. East Africa's most successful conservation reserve, BigLife.org reports that over an elephant's lifetime it could reap somewhere in the region of $1 million in tourism revenue, while killing them and taking the tusks garners a mere $20,000 within Africa. We must work together with African communities until the animals are worth more to these communities alive, than dead.
- More rhino, elephants and big cats are being killed today than are being born. That's not sustainable.
- Rhino, elephants, pangolins, lions, leopards, and cheetah's are vanishing from our planet in numbers so vast, it's hard to keep up. An educated prediction is that within 9 years they will be extinct in Africa.
- Rhino calves do not fare well after their mother has been poached than say, an elephant calf. Elephant calves can imprint on humans and be rehabilitated, but rhino calves seem to need their mothers more and have a lower survival rate.
- A rhino pregnancy can last as long as 16 months, an elephant pregnancy is 22 months!
- While there are still Southern White and Black Rhino roaming the plains of Africa, they are decreasing in numbers rapidly each year due to the poaching epidemic sweeping Africa. We have lost the Northern Black Rhino forever as only 3 remain and are under constant armed guard 24/7.
Andrea Crosta - using informants, intelligence gathering and years of undercover work which ultimately lead to the capture of kingpins and crime syndicates - basically hitting the poaching crisis from all angles, using everything we know that works.There is no one single solution to end poaching. We can't iterate that enough. To tackle poaching, several initiatives have to work in conjunction with each other - this includes game reserves working with each other and sharing information about wildlife crime, transporting elephants and rhino to safer countries, de-horning rhinos and microchipping ivory, well-equipped and well-trained rangers out in the field, drones flying over vast regions that track and report on migrating herds, stronger fencing, community engagement to offset damage animals to do crops, livestock and property, tighter security measures using the latest in technology, triage on the ground to save those that can be saved and rehabilitate them, and most importantly, the undercover intelligence work along with overt efforts too. Legislation to protect the animals and prosecute the criminals. There are programs we don't even know about that thanks to organizations such as, "Wildleaks," founded by Over and Above Africa's Advisory Board member,