Con­ser­va­tion­ists win rhino awards

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KWAZULU-NA­TAL’S ef­forts to take on rhino poach­ing were recog­nised as two con­ser­va­tion­ists brought home awards.

At the 2016 Rhino Con­ser­va­tion Awards in Jo­han­nes­burg this week, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife vet­eri­nar­ian Dr Dave Cooper took the Best Sci­ence Re­search and Tech­nol­ogy Award. Shee­lagh An­trobus of Project Rhino won the award for Best Aware­ness, Ed­u­ca­tion or Fund­ing. The awards were founded in 2012 by phi­lan­thropists Dr Larry Hansen and Xiaoyang Yu, with Prince Al­bert of Monaco serv­ing as a pa­tron. Cooper, a vet­eran in the war against poach­ing, at­tends any poach­ing event within the provin­cial parks and, with his team, at­tends to in­jured baby rhino as well as pro­cess­ing ev­i­dence. He said he was “hon­oured to have been recog­nised, es­pe­cially in the com­pany of other such dis­tin­guished con­ser­va­tion­ists”.

He said rhino might well be ex­tinct within a decade, with anti-poach­ing projects fac­ing seem­ingly in­sur­mount­able odds with deep-seated cor­rup­tion and com­plic­ity that ran high up in the “rhino mafia” and in­ter­na­tional po­lit­i­cal hi­er­ar­chy. – Sheree Bega

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