As you may be aware, we as the Bailey family and LionRoars have been involved in conservation in the Amakhala Game Reserve for the last 3 years. We started off our campaign by buying two orphan Black rhino from National Parks, and placing them in the reserve. It is still one of our most important objectives to breed a Black Rhino, and the path to this has not been easy, we certainly started off with a limited understanding. Our two rhino exist in the reserve along with a number of White rhino, owned by the Cook family and HillsNek lodge. The Rhino population in the reserve has been the cause of a great deal of pleasure for thousands of guests over the years, and of course a great deal of pride for the staff and personnel involved. The white rhino breeding program has been very successful.
Last week we experienced what we had hoped would never come – two White rhino bulls were found dead – poached for their horns. Investigations continue, but we know that there is a huge machine in place behind the poachers, and we are very unequipped to deal with it. There have been 270 rhino killed for their horns in South Africa this year alone! Projections are that there will be 324 dead by the year end.
The reason I am sending this and the rather gloomy photographs to you is simply that I would like you to know what we are doing. I am determined to fight this poaching machine and I would like to have my friends behind me. We have a Foundation in place for the rhino campaign, Pete Allanson rode his bike through the Namibian desert to raise funds this year. We will be putting together a number of initiatives and I hope you will join us. In the meantime, you may find it interesting to review the attached information, the press release for todays press, and an enlightening paper on the rhino situation by William Fowlds, our resident Veterinarian and our business partner.
Please forward the information to friends and colleagues you know may have an interest in this. I welcome any feedback, comments or suggestions.