In December I completed a 14 week ‘solving poverty saves wildlife’ expedition across Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya and South Africa, living among rural communities and shadowing farmers and anti poaching rangers that were once impoverished poachers. I’ve seen time and again that when NGOs tackled the poverty link to the poaching crisis, rhino and elephant poaching in those ecosystems collapsed.
It’s not a new idea, but it is a slow idea, especially in South Africa, home to the majority of the remaining 20 000 wild rhinos on the brink of extinction. The value of community to the anti poaching strategy, and the value of community empowerment, is the secret weapon that needs to be unleashed.
Fast forward to present day, and I’m on location at andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve in Zululand shooting a documentary about the rhino crisis. We are joined by Zulu Princess Latoya Buthelezi, better known in recent years by her stage name Toya Delazy. The exceptionally talented young singer songwriter is currently based in London, but our global rising star always makes time for the place she calls home.
Read the full story on Huffington Post.
In other news…
Alleged KZN rhino kingpin trial dates TBA 22 March. #ConvictGwalaRhinoKingpin
Rhino tracking with the poacher that became the protector #BigLifeFoundation
The Sharks Rugby Team determined to make 2016 Year of the Rhino. #2016YearOfTheRhino