"Every debate is important because it keeps the issue alive, and right now that is critical if rhinos are to survive." Ian Player
The Wilderness Foundation’s Forever Wild Conservation Programme was developed by the Wilderness Foundation in 2011 as a response to the rhino poaching crisis and is active through the Rhino Protection Initiative.
The programme is now in the process of being expanded to include lion, leopard, elephant and great white shark conservation initiatives as they represent key species symptomatic of the challenges facing the environments in which they live. By using iconic wildlife species as the flagship to draw attention to challenges facing conservation and wilderness areas across Africa, conservation initiatives can be directed towards these species resulting in the protection of landscapes and the associated wildlife including all the biological components which drive these systems.
The Forever Wild Conservation Programme will continue to work with both state and privately owned protected areas to promote effective management, expansion and innovative means to involve and benefit local communities.
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The winners of the Wild Rhino Competition, launched in October 2014 by the Wilderness Foundation, in partnership with Investec Rhino Lifeline and Peace Parks Foundation, have been announced. The competition is part of a demand reduction strategy initiated by the Forever Wild Rhino Conservation Initiative to curb demand for rhino horn in user countries.
The Wilderness Foundation Global is launching a crowdfunding campaign in partnership with Kriticalmass to help save the endangered white rhino and continue the late Dr Ian Player’s legacy. Through the power of Dr Player’s story and the immediate need to fight an epidemic that will see us lose the rhino by 2020, the Wilderness Foundation Global are looking to mobilise support of global companies, powerful political figures, celebrity conservationists and the general public to enforce action.
The Wilderness Foundation has expressed its ongoing concern at the recent poaching of 2 rhino in the Eastern Cape. The poaching took place at Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve yesterday. In this poaching incident, a mother and her 2 ½ year old sub-adult calf were butchered, and the mother’s full term (unborne) calf also died.