22 September is a special annual day dedicated to raising awareness about the threats the rhinoceros population faces and how the world can come together and protect these endangered species.
Rhinos are more than just their horns. In Namibia, the work of Wilderness’ Impact pillars – Education, Empowerment and Protection – is channelled through Children in the Wilderness.
The north-western part of Namibia, or the Damaraland area, is home to the world’s largest population of free-roaming black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis). The communities that co-exist here with the black rhino understand the importance of protecting them, as well as the benefits for tourism to have healthy rhino numbers.
Therefore, community engagement is a vital method of protecting rhinos from poachers. This is the case with the Rhino Rangers, who have taken on the responsibility of monitoring, tracking, and reporting on the black rhino to registered protection organisations, such as Save the Rhino Trust Namibia (SRT).
In partnership with Elias Amxab Combined School, CITW aims to emphasise rhinos’ importance through theory lessons and discussing and sharing ways to protect the rhino with the Environmental Club learners.
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