In August 2012, a dynamic team of adventurers completed an expedition through the heartland of black and white rhino territory inSouth Africa, to raise awareness for the need to end the demand for rhino horn inAsia. The Rhino Reality Expedition was a journey through the heartland of rhino territory in Kwa-Zulu Natal. They walked not
only through incredible game reserves and wilderness areas, but through local Zulu communities and a deepening dialogue embedded in reality on how to address and maybe end the on-going poaching crisis faced by our rhino. They were privileged not only to walk in the spoor of rhino nearly every day, but to encounter both black and white rhino every other day on foot, and on one occasion slightly too close for comfort. Walking a contiguous route through numerous reserves highlighted the importance of collaboration in conservation and the Black Rhino Range Expansion Project of WWF-SA , is just one of the examples of important work taking place.
The team coming across two recently poached rhino on the last day sadly accentuated the poignancy of the mission. A powerful and disturbing sight to witness first hand, these iconic animals butchered with their horns removed.
In 2010, we covered the second Solar Challenge race In South Africa. This is an event where solar-powered cars race around the country over a distance of 5400 kms.
That event was dominated by the Japanese team in their car that represents two million dollars worth of automotive research done by students, but in this year’s race, which starts on 18 September 2012, the competition is going to be a lot stiffer including some entries from our local universities. They start tomorrow at the CSIR in Pretoria, go all the way to Springbok in the Northern Cape over three days, and from Springbok they go down to Cape Town where they have an off-day on Saturday the 23rd and everyone is welcome to go and have a look at the cars at Canal Walk Shopping Centre. Then they depart for Oudtshoorn, East London, Bloemfontein, Pietermaritzburg, Secunda and back to the CSIR in Pretoria on the 28th of September.
We join Johann for another outing in the bush where he teaches us about territory-bound species not least of which is the very entertaining fork-tailed drongo, a comical and intelligent creature that seems to do everything for a reason! The springbok are getting frisky too…
The Rainbow Warrior vessel is a shining example of green ship engineering, and has become well known for its unique design and emphasis on sustainable boating. She is one of the most environmentally-friendly ships ever constructed, with every detail crafted with sustainability in mind. The Rainbow Warrior III is the first ship, which Greenpeace designed and built itself. The previous two Rainbow Warriors were simply old fishing trawlers that had been converted for use. But Greenpeace mounted a large campaign to build No. 3. Contributions were raised from over 100,000 people around the planet, allowing the building of the ship to be funded entirely from donations. What makes this ship so green? Find out on Monday…
The smaller creatures steal the limelight in VeldFokus this week from marching caterpillars to buzzing bees…and a few critters that take their homes wherever they go!