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vrijdag 23 maart 2018

Sudan, de laatst levende noordelijke witte neushoorn is overleden, alweer een waanzinnige prestatie op naam van de mens.......

Het zat er al een tijd aan te komen,het overlijden van Sudan, de laatst levende noordelijke witte neushoorn. Sudan leefde de laatste jaren van zijn leven in het Keniase wildpark Ol Pejeta Conservancy en werd 24/7 bewaakt door gewapende beveiligers.......

De hoorn van een neushoorn brengt in landen als Vietnam en China wel tot € 40.000,-- op..... China begint eindelijk met stappen tegen deze barbarij en het suffe geloof in krachten van deze hoorn.

De hoogste tijd dat er in alle landen waar deze hoorns en andere onderdelen van dieren worden gebruikt als geneeskrachtige of kracht schenkende voorwerpen, aan de kinderen op school wordt onderwezen dat dit je reinste kul is, zoals al lang geleden wetenschappelijk werd aangetoond........ Een mooie taak voor de VN, doen ze eens echt iets wat er toe doet......

Wat betreft de westerse miljonairs die denken recht te hebben deze dieren te vermoorden en onderdelen van deze dieren mee naar huis te nemen, zoals de zoons van het beest Trump, 'zou je bijna wensen' dat er een prijs op hun hoofd wordt gezet, zodat ze zelf afgeslacht worden.....

Het vogende artikel ontving ik gisteren van het Care2 team:

What We Can Learn From the Death of Sudan, the Last Male Northern White Rhino

Across the globe, wildlife advocates are mourning the death of Sudan, the last surviving male northern white rhino.

Caregivers brought Sudan to Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy, where a 24/7 armed security detail protected him from poachers.

While extremely sad, Sudan’s death was not unexpected. The 45-year-old rhino had suffered a series of age-related complications, and after taking a sudden turn for the worse, he was euthanized on March 19.

Sudan’s death leaves just two remaining individuals of this majestic species: his daughter Najin and his granddaughter Fatu, both of whom live in the Conservancy.


And they’re not the only rhinos at risk of extinction. In fact, all five of the world’s rhino species are in trouble, according to the IUCN*.

  • The near threatened white rhino has two sub-species — northern and southern. As noted above, just two northern rhinos remain, and there are roughly 20,000 southern rhinos.
  • The critically endangered black rhino has four sub-species: One of them went extinct in 2011, and just over 5,000 individuals remain.
  • The vulnerable greater one-horned rhino has a population of around 3,500.
  • The critically endangered Sumatran rhino numbers 100.
  • The critically endangered Javan rhino has a population of just 67.

Zacharia Mutai, Sudan’s keeper, explains why rhinos are endangered:

So sad because we end up losing such kinds of species because of human failure. People used to kill rhinos because of their horns, and many people have been believing that they’re used as medicine, but it doesn’t cure anyone at all.

Mutai is referring to the belief that rhino horns have medicinal value. But they’re actually made of keratin, the same material in human hair and fingernails, as well as turtle beaks and horse hooves.
Rhino horn is most often ground up for use in traditional Asian medicine, especially in China and Vietnam. According to the International Rhino Foundation, the powder is added to food or brewed in a tea, which is “guaranteed” to be a powerful aphrodisiac, a hangover cure or a treatment for cancer, fever, rheumatism and gout.

One rhinoceros horn has an estimated value of between $30,000 and $40,000 — and that’s precisely why poachers love them.

The organization Save The Rhino believes that more than 7,245 African rhinos have been lost to poaching in just a decade. In South Africa, 1,028 rhinos were killed in 2017, which equals just about three rhino deaths every single day.


So what can we do to prevent this unnecessary slaughter?

Writing for CNN, Jill Filipovic notes that “The response to poaching has to be holistic and global – addressing, among other things, economic need and lack of opportunity.” She’s referring to the fact that some people rely on poaching as a matter of survival. Living in poverty — perhaps with a starving family — they will do anything to get money.

But Filipovic goes on to suggest a bigger approach: The Kenya Wildlife Service needs to be controlled and refocused. The group has been accused by Human Rights Watch and others of deaths and disappearances; KWS has consistently denied the accusations.

A global approach also means looking to China, which has provided the demand for rhino horns for decades. The country banned ivory last year, but government officials must do more to protect this incredible creature.

And in the U.S., photos of Donald Trump’s sons with their African game kills aren’t improving the situation. Legislators need to ensure that these wild animals are more than trophies for the rich.
Discouragingly, a new advisory board created to reshape U.S. law on the importation of the body parts of African elephants, lions and rhinos is loaded with trophy hunters

close-up of Sudan the rhino


So what does the death of Sudan tell us?

It is not enough to simply blame the poachers. The countries involved need to band together in what Filipovic calls a “holistic and global approach.”

Although scientists around the world are working to develop in vitro fertilization** techniques, it’s probably too late for the northern white rhino. Sudan’s death means that this majestic sub-species may follow the northern black rhino into extinction, if the international community fails to act.

IUCN: International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources.

** In vitro fertilization: reageerbuisbevruchting.

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