Monday August 21, 2017

The Marlothii Conservancy

The Marlothii Conservancy is registered with the Mpumalanga Parks Board as an Urban Conservancy and was the first in Mpumalanga to do so. It aims to generate interest and active participation by registered land owners, accredited residents and the business community in the conservation of indigenous and endemic fauna and flora and the protection of the environment in the area based on scientific principles of nature conservation and sustainable utilization of the area's natural resources. The Conservancy exists in partnership with the Marloth Park Honorary Rangers and the Marloth Park Property Owners Association. You can see our registration certificate by clicking here and read a brief historical note by clicking here.

Presentation by OMG (One more Generation), Nikela Org. and Dance to be Wild in Marloth Park.

 

 

 

On Tuesday 11th February these 3 organisations joined forces to present their efforts to prevent Rhino poaching in South Africa and primarily in the Kruger National Park. These organisations use education in the fight against Rhino Poaching as well as collecting funds and placing them in specific projects such as the rehabilitation of rhino calves that have been traumatised by the poaching of their mother.

 

 

 

 

One More Generation is a non-profit organisation  dedicated to the preservation of endangered species. Their goal is to ensure all endangered species survive one more generation  - and more. Margie Kolver represented the organisations South African branch.

 

 

 

 

 

Nikela Org. is a public charity for people anywhere who care about wildlife to give to those on the ground in South Africa who protect threatened and endangered wildlife. http//www.nikela.org. Margrit and Russell the organisations founders based in the USA came to present their involvement.

 

 

 

 

Dance to be Wild. An initiative by leading South African and Latin American Dancers to contribute effectively to the fight against indiscriminate killing of our rhino population through dance. Sheila Bath represented the initiative.

 

The presentation was held at the Royal Kruger in Oribi Street. Our thanks to Vic and the Royal Kruger Lodge for hosting this presentation and accommodating these organisations. 

 

Present were the Marloth Park Rangers, Honorary Rangers, the Marlothii Conservancy, Lodge Owners, guides and a journalist/presenter  from the newly formed Nkomazi  FM. As well as interested parties and members of the Marloth Park community.

 

The major concern is the Kruger National Park as the majority of the worlds population of Rhino is there. We were asked for ideas on how we as private citizens can encourage the government/people to take a stand and say enough is enough to the poaching of Rhino. The involvement and education of local communities is vitally important. South Africans need to unite for this vitally important cause before it is too late. Current figures for Rhino’s killed are 103 for 2014. That is one Rhino killed every 8 hours in South Africa and 86 of these were in the Kruger National Park.

One of the major concerns is that most communities have never even seen a Rhino and have no idea how they are killed or in fact that it is a living breathing animal! This came to light is a result of their involvement with children and adults in disadvantaged townships/communities.

The use of Rhino horn in medicines in the far east is merely an ingredient in the tablet, powder or capsule and most consumers are unaware that it is even contained in the medication or that a Rhino is killed, The horn is ground down to a powder form for medication.

It is vital that organisations such as these together with those organisations that physically protect the Rhino unite for the survival of the species.

 

 

 

 

 

Before you say what can I do as a single person then remember the story of the starfish. Everyday a woman walked along the beach and when she encountered a starfish washed up on the beach she picked it up and threw it in the ocean. Later her daughter accompanied her and watched what she was doing and she too picked up the starfish and threw it into the sea. Eventually she was accompanied by her grandson who not only picked up the starfish and threw it in the sea but took pictures on his cell phone and sms’d it to his friends. They joined them and also did the same until eventually there were hundreds of people through sharing on the networks doing the same thing

 

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