Leads2Business primary aim is to raise awareness and stimulate interest to support and save the African Rhino. “We believe in creating awareness and invest in organisations preserving the African Rhino. Hopefully through this approach we can reduce the demand for the rhino horn.” says Lee Finch Leads2Business
The southern African countries of Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa hold 90% of Africa’s remaining black and white rhinos. In recent years, the amount of poaching has escalated to one thousand average rhinos killed in South Africa yearly alone.
The current poaching crisis is attributed to the growing demand for rhino horn in Asian countries, mainly Vietnam and China. Vietnam has been identified as the largest user country of rhino horn. The rhino horn is being used to treat a wide range of conditions, from cancer to hangovers, and due to its high value it is now also used as a status symbol by wealthy individuals. A high price fetched for the horn has attracted the involvement of ruthless criminal syndicates who use high-tech equipment to track down and kill the rhinos.
The white rhino population managed to make a remarkable recovery. The hills of Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park , the oldest proclaimed nature reserve in Africa, became the sanctuary of the last remaining southern white rhinos. In 1960 there were only 100,000 black rhinos in Africa. Sadly, with poaching on the increase between 1970 and 1992, 96% of the black rhinos in Africa were killed. Today, there are around 5,000 black rhino left in Africa
The heroic actions of those that fight for the conservation of the rhino were recently acknowledged, celebrated and rewarded at the Rhino Conservation Awards. The gala-dinner Awards ceremony was held on the 27th of July 2016 at the Montecasino Ballroom and was well attended. His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, Patron of the Awards, delivered the keynote address at the event, congratulated the winners for their exemplary efforts.
In the Best Field Ranger category, first place went to Anton Mzimba, who has worked as a Field Ranger for the past 17 years, leading his dedicated field ranger team from the front in its anti-poaching efforts. Second place went to Jeoffrey Kubayi, a Lance Corporal Field Ranger whose daily duties include law enforcement, area integrity management and anti-poaching activities, using his excellent tracking skills. Third place went to Martin Ndlovu, who started as a Field Ranger in 1992, climbing the ladder to become a Sergeant Field Ranger
These people often do selfless and unrecognized work to save our natural heritage that is in danger of being lost forever. Sometimes this happens in the face of physical danger, political opposition and severe financial constraints. These factors make the contribution of each role player even more worthy of recognition – hence the reason for these awards. The primary objective of the awards is to give recognition to the winners, runners up and all nominees, and in doing so raise awareness of what is done in the war against rhino poaching. The real heroes in successfully conserving the rhino will lie in the dedication of all those involved in the fight against rhino poaching in Africa and spreading awareness to join this needed movement. This will serve to motivate involved role players to keep fighting to ensure the rhino’s survival.
The 6th Rhino Conservation Awards will be presented on Monday 21st August 2017 at a Gala Dinner function at Monte Casino in Gauteng, South Africa. High-level dignitaries under the patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco will attend, including South African Government Officials, Foreign Diplomats, representatives from Department of Environment Affairs and other Conservation Management Authorities, media, sponsors, NGOs and other organizations related to rhino conservation will be in attendance.