Some more Tumani cuteness from today! You can see her teeth in this video. What you don't see is the real ending, where she started walking towards me and poked me in the face with her stick! #rhino#blackrhino#tumani
PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT AND FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN HELP @thulathularhinofund
As a result of the increased attacks and poaching of Rhinos Elephants and all wildlife, we are now forced to improve the security and anti poaching measures in place. To fully equip our anti poaching personnel to protect our heritage and our people, the following wish~list is urgently needed. Any and all assistance would be greatly appreciated. Francoise Thula Thula
Night vision goggles ~ $500 each
Binoculars ~ $70 each
Water camel packs ~ $50 each
LED heavy duty torches ~ $90 each
1 x 4x4 patrol vehicle ~ $10 000
Extra satellite Anti Poaching Base Camp ~ $5000
Black army knives ~ $30 each
Secure Digital Radio System $7000
We also have daily running costs including fuel, training and ammunition.
EMERGENCY SECURITY FUND
Our hearts have been warmed by all the love, support and messages sent.
THANK YOU <3
THULA THULA RHINO ORPHANAGE POACHING TRAGEDY
Thank you for all the special messages of love, support and proposals of help received all day by all rhino lovers. This despicable poaching attack has left us all in shock.
What we need now is to act quickly for the protection of the remaining rhinos and also of course all the dedicated staff at the orphanage.with deadly anti poaching actions and extra security.
An EMERGENCY SECURITY FUND FOR THE RHINO ORPHANAGE with Indiegogo has been launched by one of our previous volunteers at the Thula Thula rhino orphanage. Thank you Megan Richards, you are a star.
here is the link : https://www.generosity.com/fundraisers/2046034/csfb?ref=gogo__fblk__16125406
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT @thulathularhinofund
WAN shared a brief and heartbreaking message yesterday from Allison Thomson from Outraged South African Citizens Against Poaching (OSCAP). It read “Last night one of our rhino orphanages was attacked by poachers and one rhino had to be euthanized this morning. The staff were apparently beaten. Please keep all of them in your thoughts.” -- Here is the latest update as of now:
The vicious attack on Monday took place at the Fundimvelo Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; tragically leaving rhinos dead, care-givers severely beaten and one young woman sexually assaulted.
An Indiegogo fundraising campaign launched by orphanage volunteer, Megan Richards, has already generated $16,237 in a few hours. The goal is to reach $55,000 USD to enable them to keep the remaining baby rhinos safe for a year.
Please Help Donate To Their Indiegogo Fundraising Campaign, Link In Our Bio! READ MORE: www.WorldAnimalNews.com @worldanimalnews@peace_4animals
It's World Pangolin Day!
'They Will Disappear'. Painting based on a photo by @adriansteirn who has beautifully documented the plight of the pangolin and shone the light on the amazing work being done by "the Pangolin men" of Zimbabwe to save them. Check out his page.
Many people haven't even heard of this unique little creature, and yet it is the most illegally trafficked animal in the world.
Native to Africa, about 100,000 of these innocent creatures are captured from the wild each year, killed, and shipped to China and Vietnam where their meat is considered a delicacy, and their scales believed to cure diseases. They will disappear if we do nothing to help.
Please spread awareness, donate to wildlife conservation organizations, stand up for those who don't have a voice.
When the buying stops the killing can too! #pangolin#savepangolins#worldpangolinday#wildlife#endangeredspecies#takeaction#artist#animalart#oilpainting @wildaid@wildlifesos@worldanimalnews
2016 was a big year for pangolins: all 8 species were uplisted to CITES Appendix I, a move that bans all international trade of these animals and their products. Yet, such a listing is only warranted by those species that are truly threatened with extinction. In the first few weeks of 2017, authorities seized over 17 tons of pangolins and their scales. #WorldPangolinDay#pangolins#conservation#wildlife#poaching
The first time I saw a pangolin I was so excited, jumping and pointing, and at the time I was guiding guests and I think they thought I had lost my mind going so crazy at a sighting of a scaly, small mammal when we were out in search of lion. But a pangolin is rare to sight in the bush - you are fortunate if you have seen one in the wild. They are fascinating animals, easily identified by their tough scaly bodies and small eyes. They are seldom seen during the day, these skittish animals are easily spooked and will roll up into a ball if they feel threatened. Nocturnal by nature, pangolin have long sticky tongues (their tongues are longer than their bodies!) which they use to delve into ant and termite mounds when foraging for food.
It is World Pangolin Day today. Watch this clip produced for @unitedforwildlife and learn more about pangolins. Although today is about celebrating these awesome creatures it is most importantly for me about creating much needed awareness - pangolins are the most trafficked mammal in the world. They are trafficked by the thousands for their scales, which are boiled off their bodies for use in traditional medicine; for their meat, which is a high-end delicacy in China; and for their blood, which is seen as a healing tonic. The numbers are astounding. If you assume only 10% to 20% of the actual trade is reported by the news media, the true number trafficked over a two-year period was 116,990 to 233,980, according to Annamiticus, an advocacy group.
No one knows how many pangolins are left in the wild.
But scientists and activists say the number is shrinking fast. And these amazing creatures, as it turns out, are also pretty much invincible in the wild - so we are their only credible threat.
Share this clip if you want to help - you would be amazed at how many people do not know about the plight of the pangolin!
Today is #WorldPangolinDay . Pangolins urgently need our help and we must do everything we can, not just today, but for as long as it takes to ensure their survival. Learn more about #pangolins and what you can do to help save them at www.wildaid.org/pangolins
Today is World Pangolin Day! A day to spread love for this fascinating, yet little-known animal, whose notoriety comes from being the most heavily trafficked wild mammal on the planet. In the markets of China and Vietnam, their meat is considered a delicacy and their scales believed to be medicinal. (Read Pangolins: On the Brink to learn more.) #pangolin#poaching#wildlife#conservation#WorldPangolinDay#SaveThePangolin
This image of an African elephant pictured under a starry sky is just one the photos recognised in the 2017 World Press Photo Awards. The shot, taken by Bence Mate won third prize in the Nature (Stories) category.
The World Press Photo awards have been running since 1955. This year, the jury awarded prizes in eight categories to 45 photographers from 25 countries.
An image of the assassination of Russia's ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, won the overall first prize. Taken on 19 December 2016 at an art gallery in Ankara by Associated Press photographer Burhan Ozbilici, it shows gun-wielding off-duty Turkish policeman Mevlut Mert Altintas shouting, after fatally shooting the ambassador.
The winners and finalists will feature in a touring exhibition which opens in Amsterdam on 20 April 2017. You can view the full set of prize-winning images at www.worldpressphoto.org. PHOTO: Bence Mate/Courtesy of World Press Photo Foundation #BBCSnapshot#photography#WorldPressPhoto@worldpressphoto#WPPh2017#competition#prize#award#Nature
With only the tip of her little trunk & the guidance of family this brave one managed to successfully make her way through a muddy swamp! All while I was anxiously holding my breath...
🦏 The Kickstarter for Remembering Rhinos goes live today and I’d love you all to check it out at (link in bio) www.rememberingrhinos.com/kickstarter and consider giving us your support. Along with many of the top wildlife photographers in the world, I am delighted to be donating an image to this important project, the follow up to Remembering Elephants. The Kickstarter will hopefully pay for the print run and then all subsequent sales of the book will go to anti-poaching initiatives via Born Free . #rememberingrhinos 🦏
Been off filming across the west this last week, one giant road trip. So here is a photo of an African Elephant, taken in Africa. There is no relation between the two things.
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