Keeper of the Plains (Anti Rhino Poaching)

rhino trophy

The Rhino is a very important link to maintain ecosystems on the plains of Africa. They eat a lot. White Rhino’s keep the lawns of the landscape in check by eating various types of grass. Black Rhino’s on the other hand trim the shrubs of the landscape. Therefore the lyrics the image of some kind of keeper of Africa’s natural vegetation. Behind much of the culling spree of these beautiful creatures, is the belief in Eastern Block countries, that their horns could be used as an aphrodisiac.

With a trophy alone you will find a home
You have more to fear than I do from you
Keeper of the plains we are barbarous!
Trade your pride to conjure up some lust

© Gene & Jean

 

FACTS ON RHINO POACHING:

http://rhinoypointerns.com/facts-and-figures/facts-on-rhino-poaching/

  • The demand for rhino horn comes predominantly from Asia where it is used as a traditional Chinese medicine that supposedly cures cancer, hangovers, and is used as an aphrodisiac
  • 93% of the world’s rhino population is in South Africa
  • 2 ½ rhinos are killed every day
  • In 2008 83 rhinos were killed. This year in 2013 an estimated 1000 rhinos will be killed.
  • There were 20,160 wild white rhino
 and 4,880 wild black rhino at the start of 2011
  • Despite the good intentions of saving a rhino from being poached by removing its horn, the rhino is often killed anyway. Poachers do this to prevent having to track the rhino again in the future.
  • Many poachers have bad shots and use old ammunition, which means that the rhinos do not die right away and are alive when their horns are brutally hacked off with pangas and axes.
  • People on the demand-side believe that the serum secreted from the base of the horn has increased potency and powers. Therefore, many poachers will hack the the entire face off of the rhino while the animal is still alive to ensure that they get the entire horn as well as this serum as it is worth more.
  • Many farms are removing their rhinos horns as a safety precaution. While this does help a bit, the chunk of horn left in the rhinos head is still valuable and poachers will kill the rhino even for this small amount.
  • Poaching takes place across boundaries.
  • No organization or governmental body keeps a central database of statistics relevant to the region.
  • Flourishing illegal wild animals markets in SA is compounded by geographical location and relatively sophisticated infrastructure.
  • Poaching is taking place in an increasingly organized scale
. Money is the driving force behind the trade; motivated by greed and aided by corruption, also inadequate ranger staffing, public and state attitudes to wildlife, lack of public awareness, lack of data, and lack of adequate law enforcement.
  • The media only reports rhino deaths from poaching, but many rhinos are killed and injured due to collateral damage over and above this. Fore example fatal aggression is increasing in male rhinos due to stress.
  • There are 3 general categories of consumptive use of wild animals:1.

 

READ MORE ABOU PEOPLE WHO CARE:

Nikela – Helping people – Saving wildlife

What does an adult rhino with PTSD look like? Well, rhinos are naturally exuberant and gregarious, once traumatized by poachers they become aggressive and scared… a real personality change.The trauma on individual rhino and rhino calves is tremendous. However, the catastrophic impact on entire rhino crashes (herds) as rhino cows and bulls are brutally killed destroying “family organizations” is equally destructive.

http://www.nikela.org/projects/stop-rhino-poaching/

 

 

KEEPER OF THE PLAINS
© Gene & Jean

I know every path you tread oh rhino
That your armor look-alike is just a show
You are living on grass and when we trespass
You have more to fear than we do from you

Keeper of the plains oh rhino we are barbarous
Trade your pride to conjure up some lust
Indigenous world we kill we’re murderers
Knowing not our pride inside
Leads us straight to suicide

You can snort and stamp your feet oh giant
When you gallop straight at us defiant
You are living on grass and when you’re harassed
You have more to fear than we do from you

Keeper of the plains oh rhino we are barbarous
Trade your pride to conjure up some lust
Indigenous world we kill we’re murderers
Knowing not our pride inside
Leads us straight to suicide

Ancient giant I’m reliant
I don’t want to wake to find you gone

Walking safe inside your mother’s shadow
Play your juvenile games until you go
With a trophy alone you will find a home
You have more to fear than I do from you

Keeper of the plains oh rhino we are barbarous
Trade your pride to conjure up some lust
Indigenous world we kill we’re murderers
Knowing not our pride inside
Leads us straight to suicide
Leads us straight to suicide
Leads us straight to suicide

 

HIP-HOP lyrics

RHINO RUN
© Jean

 

Ancient giant I’m reliant

I don’t want to find you gone

 

Run Rhino run there’s a price on your horn

Rhino run or you’ll soon be gone

Run from the gun before you are dead

All they want is the price on your head

 

There are killers in the land don’t you understand (run rhino run)

That your armour look-alike cannot stop their strike (rhino run)

Shooting fire from a pipe – target of a snipe

It’s a clan with no stand – blood on every hand

You can snort and stamp giant of the plain

In a time of need retort – a soul untamed

But you only live on grass keeper of the plain

On the plain, boom-boom-bang people play their game (just a game, just a game, just a game, game, game)

 

Run Rhino run there’s a price on your horn

Rhino run or you’ll soon be gone

Run from the gun before you are dead

All they want is the price on your head

Every alley in the bush hides a booby trap (run rhino run)

Under every single cloud eyes are droning round (rhino run)

Every secret place we knew is an open view

It’s a traps It’s a drone – can’t we ever have a home

The electric fence gives you no defence

And the noisy metal bird triggers all to fear

All the darts of death you hear brings another tear

It’s a shame how you’re slain and it never stops the pain (stops the pain, stops the pain, stops the pain, pain, pain)

 

Run Rhino run there’s a price on your horn

Rhino run or you’ll soon be gone

Run from the gun before you are dead

All they want is the price on your head

 

Ancient giant I’m reliant

I don’t want to find you gone

FACTS ON RHINO POACHING:

http://rhinoypointerns.com/facts-and-figures/facts-on-rhino-poaching/

  • The demand for rhino horn comes predominantly from Asia where it is used as a traditional Chinese medicine that supposedly cures cancer, hangovers, and is used as an aphrodisiac
  • 93% of the world’s rhino population is in South Africa
  • 2 ½ rhinos are killed every day
  • In 2008 83 rhinos were killed. This year in 2013 an estimated 1000 rhinos will be killed.
  • There were 20,160 wild white rhino
 and 4,880 wild black rhino at the start of 2011
  • Despite the good intentions of saving a rhino from being poached by removing its horn, the rhino is often killed anyway. Poachers do this to prevent having to track the rhino again in the future.
  • Many poachers have bad shots and use old ammunition, which means that the rhinos do not die right away and are alive when their horns are brutally hacked off with pangas and axes.
  • People on the demand-side believe that the serum secreted from the base of the horn has increased potency and powers. Therefore, many poachers will hack the the entire face off of the rhino while the animal is still alive to ensure that they get the entire horn as well as this serum as it is worth more.
  • Many farms are removing their rhinos horns as a safety precaution. While this does help a bit, the chunk of horn left in the rhinos head is still valuable and poachers will kill the rhino even for this small amount.
  • Poaching takes place across boundaries.
  • No organization or governmental body keeps a central database of statistics relevant to the region.
  • Flourishing illegal wild animals markets in SA is compounded by geographical location and relatively sophisticated infrastructure.
  • Poaching is taking place in an increasingly organized scale
. Money is the driving force behind the trade; motivated by greed and aided by corruption, also inadequate ranger staffing, public and state attitudes to wildlife, lack of public awareness, lack of data, and lack of adequate law enforcement.
  • The media only reports rhino deaths from poaching, but many rhinos are killed and injured due to collateral damage over and above this. Fore example fatal aggression is increasing in male rhinos due to stress.
  • There are 3 general categories of consumptive use of wild animals:1.

 

READ MORE ABOU PEOPLE WHO CARE:

 

Bisbee’s Wildlife & Conservation Fund: The Real Story

WARNING: Images and Videos on this page may be disturbing and unsuitable for young viewers. The rhino has no predator in the African bush besides man…

https://www.bisbeesconservationfund.org/Conservation/SaveTheRhino/RhinoRealStory.aspx

 

Nikela – Helping people – Saving wildlife 

What does an adult rhino with PTSD look like? Well, rhinos are naturally exuberant and gregarious, once traumatized by poachers they become aggressive and scared… a real personality change.The trauma on individual rhino and rhino calves is tremendous. However, the catastrophic impact on entire rhino crashes (herds) as rhino cows and bulls are brutally killed destroying “family organizations” is equally destructive.

http://www.nikela.org/projects/stop-rhino-poaching/

 

INVESTEC RHINO LIFELINE

South Africa is losing an average of five rhino every two days. This crisis is the most significant conservation issue the country has faced. South Africa is custodian to most of the world’s remaining rhino. We are the rhino’s last stand.

http://www.investec.co.za/about-investec/sustainability/planet/investec-rhino-lifeline.html?gclid=CjkKEQjw75CcBRCz2LiEs5OPsZoBEiQADgUma5P0mnYpoZw-E7-BUtWKL9dah2wXhOXEKST_cWCRFCzw_wcB

 

INTERNATIONAL RHINO FOUNDATION

In response to the global crisis in rhino conservation, the International Rhino Foundation protects particularly threatened rhino populations in the wild, while also supporting applied research that can help to improve the chances for long-term survival of all rhino species. We have already made great strides in preventing further declines of these magnificent animals and turning rhino population trends around in the areas in which we work.

http://www.rhinos.org/irf-programs?gclid=CjkKEQjw75CcBRCz2LiEs5OPsZoBEiQADgUma4Uo4AUdv6jFjnu0AHTBf5qV-jdetce-DXAT-KjUe5Tw_wcB

 

PROTRACK ANTI-POACHING UNIT

!!!GUARANTEED WORK!!! for all SA Residents after completion of training course. Calling all VOLUNTEERS to join us today and HELP SAVE OUR RHINO!

http://www.protrackapu.co.za/

 

SAVE THE RHINO

Save the Rhino International works to conserve viable populations of critically endangered rhinos in Africa and Asia. We recognise that the future of wildlife is inextricably linked to the communities that share its habitat.

http://www.savetherhino.org/

 

PEACE PARKS FOUNDATION

As one of the strategies to counter the increase in rhino poaching, Limpopo National Park, the Mozambican component of Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (GLTP), has started training a special anti-poaching unit of 30 rangers.

http://www.peaceparks.org/news.php?pid=1264&mid=1355

 

Outraged SA citizens against Rhino Poaching (OSCAO: Why save the Rhino & Why do they have horns?

 

Rhinos are an integral part of the ecosystem… are also thought to afford some protection to a rhinos already compromised poor eyesight.

http://www.oscap.co.za/about-us/why-save-the-rhino/

 

What is WESSA doing?

WESSA is active in implementing and supporting interventions nationally to try and curb the current rhino poaching crisis at a number of different levels…

http://www.wessa.org.za/get-involved/rhino-initiative.htm

 

Workshop for Vets dealing with Rhino Poaching

The increase in the number of rhinos being poached in South Africa has a direct effect on veterinarians as they get called out to examine and treat rhinos injured in poaching incidents. We decided to support our members by raising funds to assist them to treat the survivors to the best of their ability.

http://www.vetassociation.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=83

 

Project Rhino KZN

Project Rhino KZN was launched on World Rhino Day, 22 September 2011. It is a province-wide rhino-focussed association that brings together a provincial government conservation body, private and community-owned reserves, rhino owners, leading conservation NGOs and anti-poaching secu

rity specialists

http://www.projectrhinokzn.org/

 

The Wilderness Foundation

The Wilderness Foundation’s Forever Wild Conservation Programme was developed by the Wilderness Foundation in 2011 as a response to the rhino poaching crisis and is active through the Rhino Protection Initiative. The programme is now in the process of being expanded to include lion, leopard, elephant and great white shark conservation initiative…

http://www.foreverwild.co.za/

PROTRACK ANRI POACHING UNIT

THIS RHINO WAS POACHED BY VERY EXPERIENCED POACHERS. EXTREME MEASURES WERE TAKEN TO COVER ALL BALLISTICS ON THE WEAPON THAT WAS USED, TO THE POINT THAT THEY EVEN MADE THE PROJECTILE BY HAND, WITH STAINLESS STEEL.

http://www.protrackapu.co.za/poaching-incidents/rhino-poaching

 

Save the Rhino.org: Ten good reasons to save rhinos

Rhinos have been around for 40 million years
Rhinos have been an important part of a wide range of ecosystems for millions of years; we must not let them join the dodo in extinction…

http://www.savetherhino.org/support_us/donate/ten_good_reasons_to_save_rhinos

 

 

HIP-HOP lyrics

RHINO RUN
© Jean

 

Ancient giant I’m reliant

I don’t want to find you gone

 

Run Rhino run there’s a price on your horn

Rhino run or you’ll soon be gone

Run from the gun before you are dead

All they want is the price on your head

 

There are killers in the land don’t you understand (run rhino run)

That your armour look-alike cannot stop their strike (rhino run)

Shooting fire from a pipe – target of a snipe

It’s a clan with no stand – blood on every hand

You can snort and stamp giant of the plain

In a time of need retort – a soul untamed

But you only live on grass keeper of the plain

On the plain, boom-boom-bang people play their game (just a game, just a game, just a game, game, game)

 

Run Rhino run there’s a price on your horn

Rhino run or you’ll soon be gone

Run from the gun before you are dead

All they want is the price on your head

Every alley in the bush hides a booby trap (run rhino run)

Under every single cloud eyes are droning round (rhino run)

Every secret place we knew is an open view

It’s a traps It’s a drone – can’t we ever have a home

The electric fence gives you no defence

And the noisy metal bird triggers all to fear

All the darts of death you hear brings another tear

It’s a shame how you’re slain and it never stops the pain (stops the pain, stops the pain, stops the pain, pain, pain)

 

Run Rhino run there’s a price on your horn

Rhino run or you’ll soon be gone

Run from the gun before you are dead

All they want is the price on your head

 

Ancient giant I’m reliant

I don’t want to find you gone