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Mar 19, 2020

Hope for the future despite the present

Rhino Love
Rhino Love

Greetings all,

Even though the rest of the world is self-isolating, we can learn a great deal from our heroes in the Black Mambas and act accordingly. The women of the Mambas continue to be out in the field, patrolling the fence lines, repairing the cuts that poachers use to test the defense of the area right after they are made, and generally getting to see the amazing biodiversity that is in South Africa.

Thanks to the work that this project has made possible, and the conrtinued support of the Mambas themselves, their impact continues to magnify and become better and better. Rhino poaching in South Africa is at its lowest level in almost a decade, since 2012. 

The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries in the Republic of South Africa, just released their report on rhino poaching in South Africa in 2019. At the worst of the rhino poaching epidemic in South Africa in 2014, there were 1,215  rhinos (black and white) that were poached. Sadly, this massive number only slightly decreased through 2017 where still over 1,028 rhinos were killed for their horn every year.

In 2018, the number poached dropped suddenly to only 769, and in 2019 - the most recent year that statistics are available - the government said that only 594 were poached! This massive drop by over 51% since 2014 and huge 23% drop since just last year, is a real hope for the future. 

Opinions are mixed as to the reasons why this has been happening, but better patrols, stronger enforcement, and better protective fencing have all certainly contributed. One of the most effective anti-poaching efforts in Africa is certainly the Black Mambas Anti-Poaching Unit, and we are lucky enough to be one of their large supporters.

So, on behalf of Helping Rhinos, The Black Mambas Anti-Poaching Unit, and rhinos across South Africa, THANK YOU for helping to make a difference. 

Now, returning to the Mambas daily inspiration for us - get outside during this time of self-quarantine. Go for a hike in nature, reconnect with the natural world as the Mambas do every day. Draw inspiration from the wild and natural and beautiful places around you and help to heal your soul.

Our best to you, and our deepest gratitude to you for your support.

Mar 17, 2020

A Lot Has Been Happening!

Dr. Laite with 2 Zululand Rhino Orphanage calves
Dr. Laite with 2 Zululand Rhino Orphanage calves
Hello All, 
A lot has been happening behind the scenes in the first part of 2020. Pedaling against poaching and Helping Rhinos USA continue to pick up traction. 
One of the top goals for 2020 is to promote the education of children so that they can appreciate the many reasons that our wildlife is important, and so that they will then go and change the beliefs and behaviors of their parents! We will also teach them about the many ways that they can get involved to make a difference. 
Over the past month, Pedaling Against Poaching member, Dr. Cheryl Laite, a Veterinarian and Fire Fighter, has been working in the field in Australia in the wake of the horrible wildfires. Her hard work and sacrifice is just a glimpse into her passion for animals, and for our overall goals to make a difference in todays world.
She was fortunate enough to make a stop at the Zululand Rhino Orphanage before she returned to her home in Canada. She said that having an opportunity to finally meet the amazing team at Zululand in person was very special. 
An interview with Pedaling Against Poaching was featured on the Mother Natures Heroes website. It was a wonderful way to help spread the word. 
Keep on Riding for Rhinos!
Pedaling Against Poaching swag with Zululand Staff
Pedaling Against Poaching swag with Zululand Staff
Jeff in a sweet Pedaling shirt! Get one today!
Jeff in a sweet Pedaling shirt! Get one today!
Dec 20, 2019

Rhino Poaching is Dropping - Thanks to the Mambas?

Greetings and Happy Holidays to All!

We are writing at this time of the year to share with you some really great news: Rhino poaching has been dropping! This has been happening steadily over the last four years and it seems that 2019 may be on track to have the lowest number of rhinos poached in nearly a decade. 

During the first half of 2019, the most recent statistics that the government of South Africa has released, the number of rhino poached across the entire country was 318. This number marks a nearly a 25% reduction when compared to the same period in 2018 when 386 rhino were killed for their horns. If this same trend continues through the rest of the year, we will be on pace to have the lowest number of poached rhinos in South Africa since 2011.

The poaching peaked in 2014 with a whopping 1,215 rhino killed. This year we may be about half that, which is a really welcome reprieve.

There are many factors that are contributing to this decline in rhino poaching - better enforcement of confiscation of smuggled illegal rhino horn into China, possibly decreased demand in Asia, better detection in the US, and importantly better anti-poaching patrols the last few years.

One of the most effective and most important of the anti-poaching patrols is of course The Black Mambas Anti-Poaching Unit of South Africa! 

We are so blessed to be able to collaborate with and support the Mambas, as they have certainly been a part of the dramatic drop in rhino poaching in South Africa.

Thank you for your continued support of their work! All your donations go to them in the field!

Happy New Year to you and your family.

 
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