No one in the world needs a rhino horn but a rhino.”
With the largest population of rhinos in the world, South Africa is an incredibly important country for rhino conservation. Despite the fact that the number of rhinos poached each is dropping (ever so slightly) it still remains a problem of gargantuan proportions.
The facts speak for themselves. Between the years 2007 – 2014, South Africa experienced a rise in rhino poaching that reached over 9,000%! Most of this activity happening in the 19,485 km2 region of the Kruger National Park. From 2015, the numbers revealed a dip in poaching, indicating that conservation efforts are paying off. That being said, the numbers are still frightening. In 2016, 1,054 rhinos were killed at the hands of poachers and in 2017, 1,028 rhinos were savagely murdered – a very slight decline of just 26. This works out to about three rhinos being killed every single day in South Africa alone.
The bottom line? We have to do more.
As is pointed out in Motswari’s social responsibility, the very name in Tswana means “to conserve and protect”. Faithfully adhering to this philosophy, Motswari directly supports conservation and rhino poaching is a number one priority.
Under the direction, passion and unwavering support of its owners, Marion Geiger and Fabrice Orengo de Lamazière, Motswari launched an ongoing campaign in December 2014 in aid of rhino conservation, called Rhino Disharmony. The aim of Rhino Disharmony is to create one global voice against rhino poaching and, through the participation of artists, their fans and the informed public, the campaign sets out to create a global platform that will draw attention to the rhino poaching crises in South Africa. By doing so, the project hopes to encourage a shift in perception about the use of rhino horn and how it is fast tracking this species to extinction.
In April last year, China – a country heavily involved in the illegal trafficking and trade of rhino horn – and South Africa united in an evening of inspiration at St Cyprian’s Haggie Hall in Gardens, Cape Town. A beautiful evening of music, art and performances saw virtuoso Chinese pianist Tian Jiang, together with other local musicians, playing soul-tugging classical showpieces in aid of Rhino Disharmony. The cultural backgrounds that came together for this beautiful event emphasised the need for opposing forces to work simultaneously to create harmony. Artists, including Jonathan Shapiro and Beezy Bailey – both Rhino Disharmony Artist Ambassadors – showcased their art in a public stance against the illegal trade. As well as raising awareness, the concert was also used as a public apology from mankind to all animals violated in this inhumane way.
Rhino Disharmony is a big part of Motswari’s footprint in conservation and is bringing people from around the world together in the fight to put a stop to rhino poaching once and for all.
Anyone can involve themselves just by visiting www.facebook.com/rhinodisharmony, a central space for the public to engage in conversation and become more aware of the situation, share their thoughts, create pieces of artwork inspired by the campaign and work together to come up with a solution to save our rhinos.
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