Wildlife crime is decimating wildlife populations worldwide. In Africa, iconic wildlife species including elephant, rhino, lion and pangolin are being lost at an alarming rate and threatening the very existence of Africa’s protected areas where ecotourism makes an important contribution to economic growth. The increasing rise in rhino poaching stands at the forefront of this wildlife crime crisis. Currently approximately 4,800 black and 20,000 white rhino are fighting for their survival in the wild, with more than 70% of these rhinos found in South Africa.
If the current poaching rate for 2017 continues it is possible that this year will see more rhinos killed than are being born. And if this trend continues then it is possible that by 2025 all African rhino in the wild could be extinct.
The demand for rhino horn in Asian countries remains one of the main driving forces behind the escalation in poaching of rhinos in Southern Africa, with more than 80% of illegally trafficked rhino horn passing through Vietnam either for local use or for export to other countries.
Wilderness Foundation Africa, in partnership with SOUL Music & Performing Arts Academy will be hosting a Seminar entitled “Conservation and Business: Creating a Legacy” in order to bring awareness about the rhino poaching crisis to business men and women of Ho Chi Minh City. The business community will hear from experts working in the field in South Africa, as well as from Vietnamese representatives in business, design and traditional medicine on how conservation and business need to work together to create a legacy for us all.
Speakers for this event include Mr Matthew Norval, Chief Operations Officer of Wilderness Foundation Africa, Dr William Fowlds, Internationally acclaimed Wildlife Veterinarian and rhino care specialist, Mr Thanh Bui, Managing Director of Soul Corporation and Ms. Nguyễn Phan Thùy Dương, Managing Editor of Elle Decoration Vietnam.
The seminar will be taking place in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on Wednesday, 29 November 2017, and forms part of the Wild Rhino demand reduction campaign of WFA.
For more information on the Wild Rhino Demand Reduction campaign, visit http://wildrhino.org/