RHINOS IN AFRICA

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Rhinos in Africa raises awareness through social media for the rhino, elephant and lion species. At the request of Dex Kotze, the founder of the organisation Youth 4 African Wildlife, I joined a volunteer grassroots movement called Global March for Elephants and Rhinos in 2014. In the same year organised one of the global events, a march in Stellenbosch, with a number of great assistants. In 2015 to celebrate the GMFER global campaign, I organised an event in Cape Town with Francis Garrard, the founder of Conservation Action Trust. In 2016 I helped organise the 2016 CITES CoP17 GMFER march event in Johannesburg with Dex Kotze and Fortunate Mafeta Phaka. I also organised an event in Cape Town. I attended the CITES CoP17 at the Sandton Convention Centre assisted GMFER with their side events. In 2017 I organised and attended three events for the global campaign. One in Hoedspruit and in one Johannesburg where I was supported by Lorinda Hern of the Rhino Rescue Project and Lorraine Liebenberg of Save Our Rhino. In Zululand I assisted with an event with Grant Fowlds the founder of Project Rhino. As part of the 2018 GMFER global campaign I organised an event with Beauty Without Cruelty and with the founder of Voices for African Wildlife Kenny The Activist at the Drakenstein Lion Sanctuary in Cape Town. In Johannesburg, I organised and attended an event with Smaragda Louw of Ban Animal Trading and Laureen Bertin of Beauty Without Cruelty at the Johannesburg zoo. GMFER was originally formed to raise awareness of elephants and rhinos. Global events were held every year around the world to demand that world leaders take action to stop the trade in ivory and rhino horn. I have also started a number of petitions, the results of these petitions are sent to decision makers in governments around the world. The petitions give everyone the opportunity to make their personal opinions known. Recently petitions were handed to member countries delegates at CITES CoP18 in Geneva by a colleague, the founder of Aquameridian Conservation and Education, Sharon Kwok from Hong Kong. I update the petitions regularly with news and developing research on the various subject matter. I am the member of three important Wildlife Conservation Networks in South Africa and I am closely aligned to various South African wildlife organisations. Our work is focused on research and challenging policy makers in governments. We work directly in the field of conservation and wildlife welfare. We also work in communities in Cape Town, Hermanus and Limpopo. Megan Carr

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Petitioning Vice President Mr Slumber Tsogwane, Minister Mr Kostantinos Markus

BOTSWANA’S WILDLIFE DECISIONS; GMFER PETITIONS GOVERNMENT FOR ANSWERS

Botswana is one of the shining lights of Africa, a country that after fifty years of independence  enjoys economic and political stability.  Although Botswana is completely landlocked, its two rivers the Okavango Delta and the Chobe River serve as a boundary to an abundance of wildlife. A successful African landscape is one where humans and wildlife can live and flourish together without fear or trepidation.  The spaces required by both humans and animals should be protected.   Africa has experienced years of exponential human population growth and mass expansions of industry.  Vice President of Botswana Mr Slumber Tsogwane has said that human wildlife conflict was rife especially in the Boteti constituency where large numbers of elephants roamed freely in marginal range lands, he admits that the increase in human population in this area has contributed to the problem. On the 21st June 2018 the Botswana Parliament adopted a motion, which was tabled by Mr Kostantinos Markus, requesting that the government consider the lifting the ban on the trophy hunting of elephants in areas that are not designated game reserve areas or national parks.  According to Mr Slumber Tsogwane it has become a real challenge to balance the relationship between wildlife and agricultural production. The elephant population, he said, has affected the land conservation because the elephant over graze and destroy the natural landscape. Botswana has the highest number of elephants in Africa.  One of the reasons for this is because of the tight protection that Botswana has offered elephants and because of the increase of poaching of elephants in neighbouring countries.  The Linyanti area of Botswana was once a hunting concession, over the past fourteen years only photographic tourism has been offered and elephants have started to move back to this area of Botswana. The Okavango Delta experiences high concentrations of elephant due to the permanent water source, the Chobe National Park also has a high number of elephant. The elephants have changed the landscape of places like Chobe River from thick woodland to open plains and as elephants move to the permanent water areas during the dry season the vegetation takes a hammering. Sadly there are growing instances of loss of life from elephant and human conflict. Mr Markus has said that ignoring human wellbeing to achieve conservation goals is morally wrong. Mr Samson Guma noted that the farmers living along the Botswana Zimbabwe border have struggled for years with elephants invaded their land and destroyed their crops.  The competition between elephants and humans for resources had intensified in this area.  GMFER does not underestimate the challenges that the communities face living alongside some of the world’s largest wildlife populations. We also realize the importance of wildlife tourism and our hope is that the communities in these rural areas are indeed benefitting from this wildlife tourism. We need to reconcile the needs of the elephant and the humans.  We need to urgently explore mechanisms other than trophy hunting to alleviate the problem of human and wildlife conflict.  MEDIA REPORTS ARE CIRCULATING THAT THERE IS WIDESPREAD ELEPHANT AND RHINO POACHING TAKING PLACE IN BOTSWANA.  Reports also suggest that the anti-poaching units have been relieved of their weapons and are therefore unarmed and unable to protect themselves or the wildlife of Botswana.  THE GLOBAL MARCH FOR ELEPHANTS AND RHINOS hereby asks you to join our polite petition to the BOTSWANA GOVERNMENT to show our unified support of Botswana and her people. We asked that every consideration was taken to avoid the lifting of the Elephant Trophy Hunting Ban and that the anti-poaching units protecting Botswana’s elephant and rhino populations are armed correctly and fully supported. Unfortunately President Masisi of Botswana has chosen to lift the ban on trophy hunting. On Friday 7th February 2020 the first sixty elephants were condemned to death at an auction in Gabarone.  A total of 272 elephants will be allowed to be hunted.   The GMFER organisation joined hands with many other organisations around the world to condemn this decision which is not based on any good science or  economics. The COVID_19 global pandemic forced countries into lockdown. International travel has ground to a halt. This prevented the planned trophy hunts in Botswana. The season has been extended but there are not decisive dates as to when the season will reopen.  Curiously and horrifying in March 2020 elephants started dying in the Okavango Delta the government was very slow to react. By August 2020 there are still no definitive answers as to why more than 300 elephants have died.  Megan Carr VP GMFER Social Media  #SaveOurWildWorld #StopTheKillingInBotswana   

RHINOS IN AFRICA
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