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The adventures of Megan Petersdorf, a young primatologist studying and working around the world.

Current location: New York City, USA
Sep 23 '13

Yesterday was World Rhino Day. In honor of it, here are some of my instagram snaps from this year in South Africa working with Project Rhino.

I have so many things I want (and need) to say about the rhino poaching crisis on my blog. It’s an issue I feel passionately about. For now, what I will tell you to do - educate yourself. be informed. Rhino poaching in South Africa and rhino horn consumption in Vietnam/China affects you. You may think it has nothing to do with you, but it does. It’s a world issue, with world repercussions. The illegal trade of rhino horn is linked to the same industries that traffic illegal drugs and human trafficking. This is one part of a MUCH bigger issue.

I know a lot of people outside of South Africa (and even in South Africa) are not aware of this crisis, which is why I am here! I will try to post more details about the issue, including what you can do to help. For a start, visit this webpage to learn more (and you can donate to help from there too!). This is the organization I was working with this past year and they are doing amazing things. The money you donate goes DIRECTLY towards the rhino war - whether it be on the ground support, informant networks, legal services, or community education outreach.

Also, the final black&white picture I posted was from an installment near where I lived. I took the photo on August 3rd, where there was a reported 410 rhinos poached at that time. Now - September 23rd, that number has increased to 688, making 2013 the worst year ever for rhino poaching. That’s almost 300 more in less than 2 months! We still have 3 more months left this year. This is all occurring at an alarming rate. And we need to help.

Photos: top L/bottom R: community outreach rhino education. top R: white rhino in the Waterberg. bottom L: anesthetized white rhino that was getting a horn transmitter and ear notch put in by the vet

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