September 2018

Dear friends,

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First of all, I want to let you know that our families and friends are all safe from the monstrous typhoon Mangkhut. The damages are extensive and the city is doing a massive clean up. Many trees were damaged with snapped off branches. An estimated 1500 tress toppled all over Hong Kong blocking roads. In our neighborhood, we also saw many trees down, a very sad sight. We are so grateful for these amazing trees. They provided the first defence against the ferocious winds from directly hitting our homes. Can’t imagine what it would be like without them defending us from the destructive winds. Thank you for thinking of us during the biggest typhoon since the city started keeping records in 1946. After we recover, people in our neighbourhood plan to go out and plant some more trees.

 

Beyond that, we have good news to share. But first things first, let’s celebrate World Rhino Day today! Now how much do you know about rhinos?

 

Happy Rhino Day!


September 22 is World Rhino Day.

It's important for us to recognize this day as the world's rhinoceros population is quickly dwindling. According to the  latest reports from WWF organization, there were over 500,000 rhinos across Africa and Asia at the start of the 20th century. Today, research suggests that there might as few as 29,000 left. 


Why have rhinoceros populations decreased so much? The number one source of their endangerment is poaching by humans. Many Asian countries believe that rhino horns, just like elephant tusks, contain medicinal healing powers, which is not true. Despite this, the demand for rhino horns continues to rise and as a result, rhino populations are quickly falling.

Poaching numbers are still high, but will a recent decline in South African poaching mark a new dawn for rhinos?

In January 2018, at 10:00 local time, Minister Edna Molewa from the South African Department of Environmental Affairs, released the 2017 poaching numbers from across South Africa. 1,028 rhino were poached in 2017, a slight decline (26) from the 1,054 animals killed in 2016.

There’s no reason to celebrate: 1,028 rhinos killed in South Africa alone during 2017 works out to be nearly three rhinos killed every day. While poaching is down in Kruger National Park, it is significantly up in other provinces, particularly KwaZulu-Natal.

Although it is encouraging that poaching levels are not escalating, losses are still extremely high, the outlook for rhino population growth severely impacted, and poachers are proving adept at changing their target sites and trafficking strategies.

Furthermore, there are continuing and worrying signs that poaching gangs are increasingly moving beyond South Africa’s borders and gaining a foothold in other African countries – many of which have fewer resources available to protect wildlife. We’re certainly not out of the woods yet.

LumiVoce asks you to experience Rhinos in non-exploitive and sustainable environments where Rhinos can thrive under care and protection. On World Rhino Day, September 22, express your concern, share your knowledge and support solutions for the better care of captive and wild Rhinos alike.

 
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Ying Ying and the LumiVoce team