Apr 042012
 
New coin release features critically endangered animal

European hunters were responsible for early declines of black rhino in Africa. Between 1970 and 1992, 96% of Africa’s remaining black rhinos were killed when a wave of poaching for rhino horn spread through Kenya and Tanzania, continued south through Zambia and into Zimbabwe, says the WWF.

Last month, National Geographic revealed that the appalling slaughter of rhinos remains extensive throughout southern Africa.

Its compelling piece features Damien, “a hard-muscled former Australian Special Forces sniper” as he battles the nightime poachers.

Read the National Geographic investigation into the plight of African rhinos here:
Rhino Wars – rivalling the price of gold on the black market, rhino horn is at the centre of a bloody poaching battle.

But the news is not entirely bleak. Kenya’s Ruma National Park was recently launched as a rhino sanctuary, marking an historic comeback for the critically endangered species last seen in the area during the 1950s.

A black rhino is re-introduced in the Ruma National Park, Kenya.

The WWF says such efforts are heartening, but a lot of work remains to bring the population up to even a fraction of what it once was.

An obvious way we can all help is by avoiding rhino horn products. Illegal trade in rhino horn poses one of the greatest threats to rhinos today.

Cash donations to the WWF go towards much-needed anti-poaching equipment and support for rangers like Damien across Africa.

Donate when you buy this special Wildlife In Need coin!

The latest addition to the Wildlife in Need coin series is dedicated to the black rhinoceros.  When you buy this coin, Coin Club Australia will make a donation of $1.99 to WWF Australia on your behalf.

More information from The Perth Mint: 2012 Black Rhinoceros 1oz Silver Proof Coin

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