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Posted by Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation on Sunday, March 27, 2016

Rhino horn trade being reopened will completely go against CITES recommendations 

Rhino Poaching Numbers Have Fallen For The First Time In A Decade According To The Department Of Environmental Affairs In South Africa.

The poaching figures were released a day after the South African High Court dismissed the government’s application to appeal an earlier ruling lifting a moratorium on the domestic sale of rhino horns.

South Africa’s national rhino horn trade being reopened will completely go against CITES which urges all member countries to adopt comprehensive legislation and enforcement controls, including internal trade restrictions and penalties, aimed at reducing illegal trade in rhino horn, It will make it much harder for already overstretched law enforcement agencies to tackle illegal rhino horn trafficking.

Although South Africa reports small decrease in rhino poaching, Africa-wide, 2015 was still the worst on record.
In Namibia, 80 rhinos were lost to poachers in 2015 – up from 25 in 2014 and just 4 in 2013. In Zimbabwe, 50 animals were killed – more than double the previous year’s total. These three countries are home to nearly 95 per cent of all remaining African rhinos.

South Africa’s environment minister Edna Molewa said on Thursday that 1,175 dead rhinos were discovered during the country’s annual census of poaching activities - 40 less than the 2014 record of 1,215.

 

During 2015‚ 124 rhino were translocated from the Kruger park to protect them from poachers. “These translocations to protected areas will continue in March 2016‚” Molewa said.

 

“A lot of work was done and that spike was actually averted. It is undeniable that this is because of the efforts of our people in particular the concerted efforts of law enforcement and security agencies,” Molewa said.

A total of 317 arrests related to rhino poaching at the Kruger National Park were made last year‚ and a total of 188 firearms were seized at the park in the year.

According to TRAFFIC data, Africa-wide rhino poaching totals reached 1,299 animals in 2014. The latest figure from South Africa means the continent-wide total in 2015 was at least 1,305.

Molewa has been reported to not giving up so easily.  Her and her legal team will be going to the Supreme Court of Appeal, and once they have filed their application to appeal, the moratorium will go back into effect.  Let's hope that DEA win this time.. 

 

None so special as those who have everything to lose:

The Rhino Poaching Scourge in South Africa is an international Tragedy because of its horrific cruelty, and the absolute nonsensical demand for Rhino horn. 

The silent victims who have no voice are the almost 100 rhino babies in sanctuaries in South Africa at present. They are the babies whose mothers were targeted in one of most barbaric of all criminal activities – poaching.

Most of the rhino are being poached inside the National Parks of South Africa, but once a baby gets rescued, it is in a kind of no-man’s land, with the rescue centres receiving very little assistance from the Government. It is unlikely that this scenario will change in the near future, so ongoing support of legitimate rescue centres are needed. You can help by donating at: paypal.me/wildheartwildlife

Pictured below is WHWF delivering desperately needed supplies to The Rhino Orphanage.

  

One man and his team of dedicated carers are making a difference in the lives of precious rhino babies: Arrie Van Deventer started The Rhino Orphanage in 2012, with the sole aim of looking after and rehabilitating the victims of poaching. It was a world first, and many doubted that it would ever be needed as much as it is right now. But Arrie stuck to his dream, and with the help of his friend Paul Cilliers from Legend Lodges, the dream took a physical form. The Rhino Orphanage is a very special place, because no animal is turned away – Arrie’s love for them runs way too deep.

With Limpopo’s beautiful Hangklip Mountain silently watching over the rhino orphanage in the heart of the African bush, it is difficult to fathom the need for these sanctuaries. Man’s greed seems to be a world apart from there.

The Orphanage is not open to the public, because the aim is to re-wild the babies into a safe haven once they are strong enough. Nobody here wants a petting zoo. Every true animal lover wants the rhinos to be free, wild, happy and safe (with their horns intact like nature intended). It’s just that it is becoming increasingly challenging to get that done. Orphaned baby rhinos are often very weak, severely traumatized and dehydrated, because they refuse to leave their dead or dying mothers. They need intensive care and specialized treatment as soon as possible, and likely for a few months after being rescued.

Below are a few pictures of the babies successfully rescued and being cared for.

 

 

As soon as the Rhino Orphan gets a bit stronger, their constant human contact needs to be reduced, so that the human imprint can start fading. This is crucially important if there is any hope of them being truly wild and free to be released into a safe haven.

Rhino babies are split into different age groups, because they are so strong - they can easily hurt one another when different ages are grouped together. Unfortunately this also means that sometimes a baby can be lonely, having no-one in his or her age group for company. This is currently the case with Jaime, a two month old White Rhino baby. Babies like these need more human care than babies in pairs or groups. 

Below we are delivering hundreds of meters of shade netting and Powdered milk for the babies.

  

The saddest part, Arrie says, is that we are only saving around 10% of the babies who fell victim to having their mothers poached. This means that only one in ten babies are making it to the orphanage to be cared for, the rest are not making it out of the reserves where they die from dehydration, starvation or injuries resulting from the poaching attacks. It is a heart-breaking statistic.

  

 
*Pictured above are the orphan Rhinos who are gradually being reintroduced back into the wild.

Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation continues with our Fundraising Drives for the orphanage. With the generous support of the public, we have been able to supply the orphanage with critically-needed supplies and capital items, to enable them to go about their important work of saving the rhinos. This included a generator for power outages, infra-red lamps to keep the babies warm, oxygen tanks along with desperately needed medical equipment and supplies, 500 liter water troughs perfect for thirsty rhinos, Hundreds of meters of shade netting and field fencing among loads of other necessities, all of which can be viewed on our "How can you help" web page. Somehow we manage to tick quite a few of the bigger items needed off the wishlist! These deliveries are part of WHWF’s ongoing Project RhinoOrphanCare, and illustrates our commitment to Ethical Conservation. Because the needs of these babies are ongoing, they need continuous support, which we aim to provide to the best of our ability.

With our consistent support over the years, the babies Lunga, Faith, Kabelo, Kabira, Muffin, Matthew and Lesedi, among others, have grown into happy little rhinos, mostly spending their days in the bush, free and wild. They could be seen turning their well-fed little butts to our viewing vehicle, as they trotted away from us. It was a heart-warming sight, because they are learning to be rhinos, and will soon not need human assistance any more. Seeing them growing into wild beauties, is why we do what we do. It’s the only way for them to be. And it is what we want for all our precious rhino. We have so much to lose…

WHWF also support the unsung heroes "The Anti-Poaching Rangers" who help protect our precious Rhino orphans and their caregivers. We are proud to have supplied equipment and uniforms to these brave men pictured below who are on the front line of poaching.

 

Paul Oxton, Founder/Director and the team at Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation would like to thank all who support us in our mission to help our precious Wildlife in need.

*Pictured above are Lunga, Faith and Matthew enjoying their days in the sun while gradually being reintroduced into the wild.

You can become part of ‪#‎TeamWild, by joining us on our mission to Save Wildlife.  You can help by donating on this page or at: paypal.me/wildheartwildlife

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Saving Leila the captive Chimp

We have to help save this poor Chimp Leila. We need to raise funds to relocate her to a sanctuary where she can live in peace without being chained to a tree everyday. We will be coordinating efforts with John Groblar who found the little girl so that we can find a suitable home.

From John - "My efforts to rescue Leila the chimpanzee from her prison and put her into a sanctuary has run into some headwinds: the Jane Goodall Institute does not have funds available to remove her from present situation.

PASA also does not have a chapter in Angola, so that leaves me with only one small NGO in Luanda, run by Francisca Pires who takes care of stray and abandoned dogs. She works close with a veterinary in Luanda called Fatima, who is exactly the kind of person we need here to rescue Leila from that old zoo.
I do not have the funds myself either - we need to buy her out from captors, have her checked out and sedated and possibly moved by plane to Luanda to Fatima' and Francisca's care.

Her story by John Groblar: "Her name is Leila and she six or seven years old.
Some guy from Cabinda sold her to the Granja Por De Sol concessionnaire about three years ago.
He has since skipped town for Luanda, left lots of unpaid debts and is currently not answering his phone.
They kept her in a cage initially, but she broke everything until they figured she wanted to be close to people, which is why she is kept here next to the gate. She might also be a trained pick-pocket - she had her hand in my pocket at first opportunity. Very friendly and liked a good scratch from another strangely hairless ape: my hair was of great interest. She has learned to beg a drink from passers-by, either fetching a can for some Coke or a bottle for beer. And her incissors have been removed. One shudders to think how. I'm amazed she still trusts people, but clearly one that had been around humans all her life."

We are still working out how much money will be needed and to finalize a home for her, but have to make a start. Please help us help her be making a donation.. Thank you.

Ongoing help needed to supply our Baby Rhinos with desperately needed Milk

We need your help to make sure that everything is done to care for these victims of poaching.

Below is little Nandi. just one of the orphans we help so that eventually she can be released back into a safe haven in the Wild.

URGENTLY NEEDED! Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Enclosures. 

Sometimes, our persecuted Wildlife gets lucky. It doesn't happen often, but it happens occasionally, when passionate people decide to pour their heart and soul into #EthicalConservation.
In Johannesburg, South Africa, our Wildlife just got lucky.

The team at the Jhb Wildlife Veterinary Hospital is dedicated to treating and rehabilitating small to medium-sized urban wildlife.

A few weeks ago, Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation did a surprise #SupplyDrop for them, stocking them up on veterinary medicines and consumables numbering hundreds of items, to the value of over R20 000. This was a great start, but we have to do more! All the animals here are treated at no charge, and the aim is always successful re-wilding and release. We have to put the animals first, be their voice, and give them the best chance at survival.

*Anything worth doing, is worth doing well*
A substantial number of the patients are raptors, and they need specialist care. In the pictures you can see a selection of the beautiful birds of prey who have been treated here.

***Urgently Needed right now is 3 x Rehabilitation Enclosures for these winged wonders. Having the proper enclosures aid rehabilitation and improves the survival rate of rescues.
The enclosures are made out of a steel framework with gate, diamond-mesh covered and completely enclosed in shade-netting to minimize trauma and external stimuli. They are 5m in length, and 2.4m wide, so that a pre-flight test can easily be accommodated.

We have sourced the manufacturers, and just need that magical ingredient - your support - to make these life-saving enclosures a reality.

The cost is R25 000 (1,800 USD) for all three enclosures. The injured Birds of Prey really need this. Every single cent will help towards being the wind beneath their wings, and will help set them up for that sweet flight of freedom.
As always we will keep you updated on progress, from the building to the delivery and installation of these critically needed rooms.
Please help by donating to Support #RaptorRehab and help us build this for them! You can also donate directly at: paypal.me/wildheartwildlife

We cannot do it without you.
#WHWF
#EthicalConservation

Your Donations at Work

Help is needed for the treatment & welfare of orphaned Rhinos. Some of the items, equipment & general supplies needed listed below.

- High density foam mattresses for the treatment of larger Rhinos who have been rescued.

- Milton Disinfectant for sterilizing babies Milk bottles.
- Ringers: I.V. Drips for rhinos in need of critical care .
- Veterinary Tear gel to protect the rhino babies eyes.
- Basic Wound Care Kits (Kidney dishes, Suture kits & Forceps).

- Denkavit calf milk replacer: 25 kg per month
- Protexin premium or soluble: 1 bucket per week
- Calostrum Biomel-plus: 1 bucket per 2 weeks
- Oral electrolytes: to prepare 10 lts per day
- Antimicrobial spray for wounds: 1 can per month

- Virkon disinfectant: 1 bucket per 2 weeks
- Carmino+ sachets
- Omega oil
- Syringes: 1, 3, 5, 10, 50 ml

- lighting & surge protection
- Camera traps
- Food thermometer
- Linen for volunteers accommodation.

These are just a few of the items needed to help care for the Rhino orphans. They have already been through hell, so the least we can all do is to ensure they have a chance at a future.
 

You can donate via the donate button on the right of the page or via Bank transfer below.

First National Bank / Check Account
Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation
Account number - 62518554101
Branch Code - 250-655
Swift code for International - FIRNZAJJ 143

 What We Do!

Below are the brave Anti-Poaching Rangers we help supply with Uniforms and equipment to help protect our precious wildlife. Your help to keep them properly equipped is much appreciated.

Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation has to date supplied a significant portion of supplies to Rhino Orphanages in South Africa, including over 1000 Kilo's (2,200 lbs) of milk powder, specialized food and health supplies and critical care medical items as well as other desperately needed equipment such as shovels, spades, rakes and cleaning materials, Shade netting, Field fencing for the Wild Dogs, Anti-Poaching Ranger gear and camera traps to help protect the Lions in the Sanctuary - all required to keep the orphanages and sanctuary operational. 

  
 

Doing What We Say, and Showing What We Do!

Wild Heart Wildlife Foundation below, assisting with treatment of Rhinos in the field

 

We help Turn the Tragedy of Poaching into Hope for a better Future