THE VOICE OF COMMUNITIES REGARDING RHINO POACHING
Samson Phakathi
Endangered Wildlife Trust

 

Abstract

In response to the current rhino poaching crisis, the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s (EWT) Rhino Project has developed an easy-to-use educational and awareness tool aimed at engaging the first line of defence (identified as communities living within and outside the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve). A relatively cheap and easy to distribute DVD has been produced, which directly links the survival of the rhino to livelihoods of staff employed in lodges and reserves where rhinos occur, and the general community members who live near the park. The concept that saving the rhino is a “bunny–hugging”, elitist issue must be replaced by the importance of every person employed in tourism involving rhinos, saving their jobs and livelihoods and those of future generations by protecting rhinos. The DVD has been produced in isi-Zulu with the metaphors used being familiar to communities, and cultural icons and symbols reflecting their language and idiom. The project is a partnership between the EWT and Wilderness Foundation, and was supported by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. The Symposium of Contemporary Conservation Practice provides an excellent platform to present and discuss the DVD with a view to share the resource with those who are responding to rhino poaching through community engagement facilitation as an intervention measure.

 

Presentation Topic
THE VOICE OF COMMUNITIES REGARDING RHINO POACHING
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