By Andrew Field - Follow on Twitter You have all heard that saying about the elephant in the room… it’s a metaphorical idiom for an obvious truth which goes unaddressed. It's a risk that nobody wants to discuss. Our elephant in the room is as real as it will ever get, yet everyone is sticking … Continue reading Mankind: Critically Endangered to Suffer loss of its Wildlife Heritage
By Andrew Field - Follow on Twitter Southern African conservation of the rhinoceros is severely threatened despite years of intensive preservation effort, mostly by private enterprise and non-governmental entities. Renewed demand for rhinoceros horn, basically a material called keratin, similar to hair and nails, has stepped up the pressure upon Africa’s most treasured fauna heritage. … Continue reading Is the Battle for the Rhinoceros on its Last Legs?
Rhinoceros poaching in Africa has resulted in the slow and brutally endemic slaughter of one of the few mammal relics of a bygone age, gruesomely performed over the last decades. This carnage has been committed to satisfy an insatiable demand for the horn of this near extinct beast. A boneless piece of fibrous material, keratin, protruding from the frontal nasal bone, remains in demand for both ornamental and medicinal use. It is a lump of protein, in simple terms, and has been the undoing of the rhino in Africa.