It’s World Rhino Day! On 22nd September every year, people around the world spend the day celebrating all five of the Rhino species. Sadly, it’s also a day to remember and reflect on the way these beautiful animals became endangered. Sadly, very few rhinos survive outside of national parks and reserves due to persistent poaching and habitat loss over the decades. Only two species of Rhino exist in Asia, the Javan and Sumatran. They’re both critically endangered and a subspecies of the Javan was declared extinct in 2011. It’s no surprise to hear that Rhinos are hunted for their horns.
It’s a subject that has saturated the international press over recent months and, when you stop and think, you wonder why it’s taken so long to discuss. Yes, you’ve guessed, I’m talking about plastic! I’ll be honest, I was pretty ignorant to the whole issue until I saw that Blue Planet II episode. I hadn’t realised that the worlds beautiful marine life was suffering so much because of our everyday use of plastics. Since the 1950’s, 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic has been produced. That’s the weight of one billion elephants. I am shocked to learn that only 9% of
Everyday we get questions about our award-winning Sri Lanka Wild Elephant Conservation programme and it gets compared to many other apparently similar projects offered by other organisations in the United Kingdom. We thought that we would write some information to clear up some misconceptions about elephant programmes in Sri Lanka and to hopefully educate you and to put a stop to the animal cruelty that goes on everyday by volunteers! It is quite a long article so I thought I would highlight the main points here, to encourage you to read on and to make an educated choice when looking