A very soulful moment was when we walked to the special stone laying ceremony…the silence was quite frankly audible.   I wondered if the rhino there in the bush would ever know what these young people were trying to do for them? ”

Carol Harnwell, Chaperone Eastern Cape

THE PROGRAMME

Roused at sunrise by Zulu drums and stimulated, inspired, educated and engaged far into the night, Summit delegates (Rhino Warriors) and their chaperones (Abaphathi) enjoyed a packed 3-day programme in the company of over 30 conservation leaders and Rhino Elders. Every delegate also got to see wild rhinos during the Summit.

Highlights

  • Presentations from conservation experts and inspirational speakers
  • Rhino March & building of a memorial Isivivane
  • An academic programme with intense delegate-driven debates on 6 Critical Issues
  • Educational one-on-one discussions with conservationists and anti-poaching specialists
  • Guided visits to the Game Capture Boma where delegates saw rhinos orphaned by poaching
  • A World Rhino Day Tribute & meeting Dr Ian Player
  • Anti-poaching simulation by the Zululand Anti-Poaching Wing (ZAP-Wing) and Hluhluwe-iMfolozi rangers
  • Voices of Protest – art, drama and dance at the fire lit Tribal Arena
  • Question & Answer session between delegates and the panel of Rhino Elders
  • A separate Chaperone Programme imparted additional knowledge to teachers and youth leaders

The Summit culminated in delegates writing six Resolutions outlining changes they want to see to improve the survival of rhino and reduction of wildlife crime, as well as the unveiling of the World Youth Wildlife Declaration.

Delegates learned about

  • History of rhino conservation
  • The links between culture and conservation
  • Anti-poaching operations and risks
  • Laws governing poaching and the environment
  • Caring for injured and orphaned rhino
  • The elephant poaching crisis in Kenya
  • The negative economic impact on tourism and game reserves
  • Pros and cons of commercialisation of wildlife
  • The role of communities in sustainable conservation
  • Intricacies of demand reduction campaigns and consumer cultures
  • Education and the role of the youth in raising awareness
  • What governments are (and are not) doing to reduce poaching and wildlife crime
  • Swaziland’s game laws as model for other African nations
  • The insidious role of corruption and global reach of wildlife criminal syndicates
  • Role of technology in countering wildlife crime
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