Growing Great Leaders for Conservation and Development across Africa

The Rhino Effect

The current rhino poaching crisis is said to have begun in 2008, with increasing numbers of rhinos being killed for their horns. In an effort to combat rhino poaching, it is reported that these numbers have decreased across Africa. However, we still have a long way to go as on average a rhino is killed every 10 to 15 hours and South Africa alone holds nearly 80% of the world’s rhinos.

The South African Department of Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries released the 2019 poaching numbers this month and, although high, the poaching numbers are declining. This, however, does not mean that our Rhinos are thriving as the long-term impact of poaching is taking its toll.

Poaching numbers released by The South African Department of Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries.

The Government of South Africa and dedicated conservationists teamed up to bring the southern white rhino, a subspecies, back from fewer than 100 individuals in the early 1900s to roughly 20,000 today. White rhinos are the primary target of poaching gangs in Africa; births are just barely outpacing deaths. We are currently, albeit slowly, reversing the impact of human destruction and with that being said we are in dire need of effective conservation leadership.

A simple definition of leadership is the art of motivating a group of people to act toward achieving a common goal. In a business setting, this can mean directing workers and colleagues with a strategy to meet the company’s needs and objectives. The leader is the inspiration for and the director of the action. In this instance, we are in need of passionate leaders who believe in a future rich with species and land of abundance.

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