Rhino are being poached to extinction, but they are in fact just one of a massive number of fauna and flora species that are disappearing in a global extinction crisis. There is direct poaching of massive elephants through pangolins to tiny succulent plants. There is habitat and biodiversity loss through forest and thicket clearing where conservation and pristine vegetation are less commercially attractive in the short term. Socio-economic inequality is increasing. Global warming is just one part of the critical situation the planet is in. The iconic rhino is symbolic of the struggle, and solutions for rhino are solutions for the planet and its people.
There is incredible work being done to create a rhino stronghold in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Just one element of a connected landscape and conservation economy vision that seeks to build a sustainable future where people AND planet can prosper.
We have converted a zoom presentation by Dr William Fowlds into short engaging and informative videos. Some are emotionally very tough to watch, some provide hope and inspiration. The journey has been hard, the vision is big and complicated – you watching one video at a time will symbolise supporting the step by step progress on the ground.
There is a lot of work underway already, Be Moved has chosen to support two key projects.
In 2022 the Be Moved community signed up for the Rhino and Restoration Challenge, and we were able to fund the training in January and February of 2023 of 5 passionate youngsters, who will be employed as junior rangers in the Anti-Poaching Units of 3 Eastern Cape Reserves. For the January 2024 training course, we would like to double the number of community members we assist to getting qualified and employed, as well as double the impact against poaching.
The N2 national road linking Cape Town and Durban runs past the Addo and Fish National Parks, passing numerous game reserves and even separating sections of the same reserve. The N2 is a very graphic example of modern infrastructure in the Addo2Fish region, a key enabler of economic activity. A modern conservation model must allow conservation and economic development to co-exist. The Bushman’s River Underpass will allow animals to freely and safely cross from one side of the N2 to the other, connecting two sections of Amakhala Game Reserve and providing a success story in the region to trigger support for further connection of areas under conservation.
Your support for either or both the projects is greatly appreciated, and we urge you to stay connected via social media or our newsletter so you can follow developments.