Fight to save the rhino by staying at game lodges
Poaching is on the rise, but tourism can help provide funds to safeguard animals, TTG Digital reports. The industry has a role in the battle to protect endangered species.
There are special itineraries allowing tourists to go on patrols and help with conservation efforts. Just staying at game lodges will help the battle against the poachers, says Bill Adams, director of the UK-based operator Safari Consultants.
“Any good quality itinerary within the main safari countries will contribute significantly to the financial coffers of conservation,” he adds.
For example, the fight to save the rhino is focused on South Africa, home to more than 80% of Africa’s rhinos including the white rhino (estimated population: 20,000) and the critically-endangered black rhino (5,000 population).
The number of rhino poached in South Africa has increased from 13 in 2007 to more than 1,000 last year. More than 60% of these animals were killed in the Kruger National Park. At this rate, rhinos could be wiped out in Africa by 2030. This is due to demand from the Far East, where rhino horn is said to have medicinal properties. The price of rhino horn is now more expensive by weight than gold or cocaine.
Kruger National Park is on the long, porous border with Mozambique, which allows poachers easy access.
Many camps and operators have stepped up the fight against rhino poaching in southern Africa in the last couple of years. Recent initiatives include an $8 million plan to move up to 100 rhinos from Kruger to Botswana.
Stays in South Africa include a seven-night package combining three nights in Cape Town with four nights at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve and a not-for-profit rhino conservation safari.
The article covers many other endangered animals around the world and how travel can help. To read it, click here.
[pictured: Kwandwe Great Fish River Lodge, main lounge]