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Newsletter Dec 2010 - 2010 newsletter dec



                                               tears to my eyes and staying my hand from
If we stand by and let it
happen, with no attempt to
                                                                                                 Number of rhino
                                                     If we who have a voice stick our heads
prevent the massacre, how                      in the sand because we can’t stand reading        killed so far this year
do we sleep?                                   another terrible report, can’t stand seeing
                                               another terrible picture or can’t stand
The massacre is happening                      hearing of another death we are surely                         295
                                               surrendering to this war against poaching.
at the rate of almost a                        And war it has become.                               Have a look at our facebook page for
rhino a day. It brings me to                        Rhinos are being struck down from
                                                                                                a youtube clip you must see.

tears to think my fellow                       babies to adults and often the poachers are         The SAVE FOUNDATION of Australia
                                               not even using bullets to kill them. Just
humans are killing these                       darting them and then after cutting off their
                                                                                                (NSW branch)

animals inhumanely, strictly                   horns leaving them to bleed to death. Who
                                               does that? Members of the human race -            Price per kilo for Rhino Horn is
for their horns.                               rhino’s greatest predator.
     This newsletter for the NSW branch of                                                       USD25,000- USD40,000
SAVE has been the hardest I have had to              There are unfortunately dozens of
write and in fact I wondered if I would be     stories in the press at present detailing the     with the average adult rhino
able to actually complete it as every time I   poaching statistics .I am not going to
                                                                                                 carrying 4-5 kilos of horn.
sat at my desk a complete feeling of           reiterate them here - you can easily find
helplessness would overwhelm me bringing       them on the internet.                             Babies have a half to 1 kilo stump

  This is the year we can                         No matter what your contribution every contribution counts. Whether you spread the
  make a difference                               word to your friends that Rhino Horn doesn’t cure cancer, fevers or pains;
                                                  dig into your pocket with a donation; attend our 2011 fundraiser in February ; click

                                                  onto our facebook page and participate in discussion; or simply educate yourself as to
                                                  the plight of these beautiful and wondrous creatures:

                                                                       You can make a difference
                      Report on Dee and Peter’s recent trip to Lewa Downs, Laikipia, Kenya

Recently Peter and I visited Lewa Downs in Kenya, home to the famous Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, one of the
most successful examples of wildlife conservation in Africa.
Lewa was originally a cattle ranch owned by the Craig family, but in 1995 Ian Craig turned it into a
conservancy. Now, a fence to protect the wild animals runs around the entire perimeter except for a small
monitored entrance allowing for seasonal movement of wildlife.
I immediately fell in love with the place the moment we landed. Whilst we waited around the airstrip for other
guests we were treated to sightings of 4 of the Big Five. The park is 55,000 acres of open grasslands,
woodlands, wetlands and the rolling hills of the Rift Valley.
Our stay Lewa Safari Lodge was superb. The accommodation, meals and staff were wonderful, the wildlife
prolific, and the many rhino sightings were a delight. We also saw the highly endangered Grevy’s Zebras for the
first time. Lewa is home to more than 20% of world ’s population of these exquisitely beautiful ungulates.
During our stay our extremely knowledgeable and helpful Masai game ranger facilitated a meeting for us with
the Chief Conservation Officer, Richard Moller, and his assistant, Michael Ntosho. They went to great lengths to
explain the work being done at Lewa, the problems they faced and the direction they were heading in the future.
Rhinos are very well looked after at Lewa, there are more rangers than rhinos and we constantly came across
them dutifully patrolling on foot in the park.
Lewa has reached maximum carrying capacity for its Black and White rhinos; whilst a credit to its success it also
means it’s time to expand. Funding will be needed for more staffing, increased fencing, and new ranger
We came back knowing we had a mission ahead – to help raise funds for this wonderful haven for wildlife.

Dee Williamson
Chairman SAVE Foundation (NSW Branch)
November 2010

       My family’s special experience meeting rhino calf

    In September of this year whilst in South Africa
    my family were able to spend time with an

    orphaned one year old black rhino calf. Whilst a
    very special experience it would have been far

    nicer to have seen calf and mother living in the
    wild. The little one’s mother was poached and he

    was left to starve to death. Fortunately he was
    discovered in time and is now thriving at

    Moholoholo Rehabilitation Centre near the
    Kruger Park.

    Lets hope once he is reintroduced to the wild he
    doesn’t meet the same fate as his mother. I am

    determined to do all I can so that this does not
                                                                                                                  Rhinos should live up
                                                                                                                  to the age of 35
                                                                                                                  1. Rhino horn does not cure cancer
                                                                                                                  2. Rhino horn doesn’t cure fevers
                                                                                                                  3. Rhino horn doesn’t have any
                                                                                                                     medicinal properties whatsoever

                                                                                                                  The Vietnamese and Chinese are
                                                                                                                  driving the illegal importation of rhino
                                                                                                                  horn from Africa for this purpose.

                                       Picture from Mombo of                                                      4. Rhino horn is not an aphrodisiac
                                       Moremi a white rhino cow                                                   Never has been and never will be.
                                       with 3 week old calf in July                                               Just an old wives tale.
                                       this year.
                                                                                                                  5. Rhino horn is composed of keratin
                                                                                                                  This is what makes up our nails and
                   News From The Mombo Rhino Trust Botswana                                                       hair and grows back slowly if cut off
                                                                                                                  6: There are 5 species of rhinoceros
Good to hear from you. Having finalized all arrangements and permitting for the movement of twenty
                                                                                                                  One of these The African Black
black rhinos from Zimbabwe to Botswana in May this year, we had to postpone the operation until further           Rhinoceros is critically endangered
notice due to the early arrival of record floodwaters into the Okavango Delta from Angola.  A
                                                                                                                  7. Rhinos are very intelligent creatures
combination of record rainfall over the delta itself, the remnants of last years large flood, and higher than
                                                                                                                  Contrary to belief Rhinos are smart
normal rains in the catchment have resulted in the widest inundation in over thirty years.  Whilst being a        and have a fabulous sense of smell
massive positive to every other aspect of the biodiversity of the region, it laid low our plans to transport      and hearing. Their eyesight is not
the rhinos to the bomas at Mombo due to the fact that there was simply too much deep water on the way. 
The extent of the flooding is such that no trucks can proceed into the delta at this time, and the risk of        8. Group of rhinos is called a crash
                                                                                                                  A wonderful sight to behold and
getting stuck with a live rhino aboard led me to make a call to postpone.  However, we are monitoring
                                                                                                                  rarely seen with the black rhinoceros
the water levels very, very closely, and when we feel that we have a completely safe and extended                 as they are more solitary than their
period of low water, we will move quickly.  It is becoming more and more important as with each passing           white cousin

day to move these animals, as it appears that there is a resurgence of the large scale poaching
experienced in the 1980’s.  This is very evident in both Zimbabwe and South Africa where the losses are
                                                                                                                  The illegal trade in horn
reaching unacceptable levels, largely it appears, to a demand from Vietnam.  This has yet to be                   driven from China and
confirmed and investigative authorities are still following information on several horns that have been           Vietnam is the biggest threat
confiscated in South Africa.                                                                                      to the species ever.
Mercifully, and probably due in large part to the ongoing monitoring and patrolling by the combined
Wilderness Rhino men and the Botswana Anti Poaching Unit, as well as the availability of the Botswana
Defence Force, we have not yet been targeted.   As you have said, the need to keep on growing our
populations of both white and black rhinos is massively important in  the context of what is going on
around us, and we have shown that we have a highly organized and informed team around our wildlife
populations and our rhinos in particular.  I think that it is important that yourself and your friends in the
SAVE organisation know that their efforts and funding have had a direct influence on the outcome of this
ongoing work.  Of course, we will always be short of funding, when one sees the resources that the
poachers are using in both South Africa and Zimbabwe (Helicopters and immobilization drugs have been
used in several cases), so please ask them to keep up the excellent work.  I am personally taking a direct
interest in the rhino security situation in the region so that we may preempt any organized attempts into        This is the prize - this is what my life is

Botswana, but, as I have said, we remain vigilant as a project and as a country.                                taken for! How can humans do this to us?

                                                                                                                Why do they leave me to bleed to death?

Everyone can be assured that we remain on course and very committed to helping the rhino.                       Why do they not care about my baby?

Keep onwards
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                 Interview with our Chairman Dee Williamson

 Dee,   you are currently the Chairman of SAVE Foundation (NSW Branch). How long have you been
involved with the foundation and what led you to take this step
 I've   been involved with SAVE since about 1994.  It was at the time when Western Plains Zoo was importing
black rhinos from Zimbabwe to start up their captive breeding programme.  Despite having lived in South
Africa for most of my life, I had no idea they were being so severely poached. We’d always seen them so
frequently at the game parks right up until the time I left in 1977.  The plight of the rhino was being televised
and at the end of the programme there was a number to call if you wanted to get involved.  It all started from
How has fundraising changed over the years?
Fundraising is much the same, really.  I got involved in a small way and eventually ended up as chief organiser.  
I was so enthusiastic!  Fundraising is always difficult - it's far easier to get people to donate money or be a
sponsor if you're fundraising for a cause that affects people, especially children.  Asking the public to help save
rhinos is pretty remote, I mean the koala would be more relevant over here.  

For any budding committee members out there what has been the most satisfying moment for you being part
of SAVE?
Working to raise funds for a critically endangered animal, especially one with such a high profile as the rhino,
is very motivating.  Even the smallest amount can make a big difference.  There are so many causes out there
that are worthwhile, the tiger, the whale, the bears etc etc you sometimes wonder where do you start?  I just
think that for me, just the little I can do is better than doing nothing.  I know it sounds corny but if
we all did something the world would be a better place.  My reward and my thrill is to see the rhinos in situ - in
their own habitat, roaming free like they always have since time immemorial.  My motivation is to keep them
on the planet for future generations - they have survived this long and do not deserve to be wiped out by man's

Africa is such a wonderful continent but everyone who loses their heart to "her" has to also cope with the
traumas associated with poaching, poverty, and lawlessness. Whenever I step onto African soil I have tears
in my eyes, always feel at peace and know my soul will be enriched. What do you feel?

Africa is a severe land, a land full of extremes.  Beautiful, exciting, violent, primal.  The emotions are
always intense, there is nothing ordinary about Africa, nor about the issues being dealt with there.  It
is where man originated, and everyone should go there once in a lifetime, it takes one
back to one's roots.  

Dee, thanks so much or sharing some of your thoughts and experiences with us. It is an absolute pleasure
working with you on the committee. You are a real role model!

Thank you Cheryl!
This year we also assisted Ziwa rhino sanctuary in Uganda as they are trying to reintroduce rhino back to
protected areas within Uganda. Unfortunately the rhino were wiped out during Amin’s reign and now that Uganda
is much more stable under President Musoveni the damage to the country’s wildlife is slowly being repaired. Ziwa
situated 170kms north of Kampal is under under direction of Angie Genade. The Sanctuary is trying to promote
breeding programmes to ensure long term viability of reintroduced rhino populations. They have armed guards to
protect the rhinos currently in the sanctuary.
Ziwa are also trying to educate local communities that poaching will not promote tourism or supply long term jobs,
etc , etc Funding is urgently needed to achieve their goals.

We at SAVE wish Ziwa every success and know that our $1000 donation has been put to good use
repairing the roof of the ranger training area.

We leave the year 2010 confident that we are active participants in this war
to stop poaching. Each and every one of us can make a difference and we
must try. In closure, myself and each member of our committee wish you
happiness during the Festive season. To quote Dame Daphne Sheldrick,
“Every person on this earth has a responsibility to save the earth's wildlife from extinction for its
existence is essential to the human spirit and well being of the earth as a whole.”

This newsletter has been written solely from the heart for The SAVE Foundation (NSW Branch) -
Cheryl Smith

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