Monday, 25 November 2013

1 million to ban the lion trade -- Big win in court!!

Hundreds of South African lions are being slaughtered to make bogus sex potions for men. But we can stop this cruel trade.

A global ban on tiger bone sales has traders hunting a new prize -- the majestic lions. Lions are farmed under appalling conditions in South Africa for "canned hunting", where rich tourists pay thousands to shoot them through fences. Now experts say lion bones from these killing farms are being exported to phony 'medicine' makers in Asia for record profits. Trade is exploding and experts fear that as prices rise, even wild lions -- with only 20,000 left in Africa -- will come under poaching attack.

If we can show President Zuma that this brutal trade is hurting South Africa's image as a tourist destination, he could ban the trade in lion bones. Avaaz is taking out strong ads in airports, tourism websites and magazines, but we urgently need 1 million petition signers to give the ads their force. Sign the petition on the right to build our numbers fast. Amazing win! A South African court just ruled that the government violated our right to free speech when they tore down ads calling for the protection of South Africa’s lions -- and we’re all over the news. Let’s use this momentum to get our petition to 1 million and save the lions.

Go to the petition by clicking here

Friday, 15 November 2013

Western black rhino declared extinct

London (CNN) -- Africa's western black rhino is now officially extinct according the latest review of animals and plants by the world's largest conservation network.

The subspecies of the black rhino -- which is classified as "critically endangered" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species -- was last seen in western Africa in 2006.

The IUCN warns that other rhinos could follow saying Africa's northern white rhino is "teetering on the brink of extinction" while Asia's Javan rhino is "making its last stand" due to continued poaching and lack of conservation.

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Monday, 4 November 2013

Celebrating Rhino Day 2013

We celebrated Rhino Day in September and we haven't gotten around to posting the photos. So here they are! We had a fabulous day and had a lot of fun. 

We even dressed up. Can you imagine what the animals thought when they saw us on the game drive?

We had so much fun in the name of spreading information and education people on Rhino poaching and how this will actually realistically effect us in the future.