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Running wild!

This is pretty cool and an interesting way to raise awareness of these animals’ plight…

Running very far for a really good reason

The run is 5115km, will take about 6 months to complete and will feature two runners, Dave Chamberlain (crazy nutter who came up with the idea), and Marilu Matthee (chick that just can’t say no to a challenge). Although there have been longer runs around the world, this particular route has never been run like this before and we will be the first to attempt it. The plan is to run 160km a week (+26km a day) down the well-known RN40, a tarred road that spans north to south along the western flank of the country before it rises to meet the Andes mountain range. We have envisaged running 6 days a week, taking the 7th day to rest and recover. Every 6 weeks we will take off a further week for rest. We plan to buy a camper van that will follow our every step.

Mission

In conjunction with the WWF we are raising awareness and funds for the desperate situation faced by our African rhinos which are currently being poached to extinction. Doing the same for the Jaguars in South America.

Route

Starting at the Argentine-Bolivian border in “La Quiaca”,  that rascally little road, the RN 40, meanders its way through

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Technology catches up with rhino poachers…

Mbombela – A rhino DNA sample kit is expected to help prosecutors be even tougher on those caught with rhino horns. If DNA tests positively link a horn to a specific rhino carcass, suspects will no longer get away with only a charge of possession, they will also be charged with the illegal hunting of rhino and theft. “DNA evidence can now be used to link suspects found in possession of horns with the actual carcass, irrespective of how much time has passed,” said Advocate Johan Kruger, national head of the Organised Crime component in the office of the National Director of Public Prosecutions. Chief executive of South African National Parks (SANParks), David Mabunda, said the kit would also assist all rhino owners and managers to document individual rhinos in their care.

“We would like to encourage them to take full advantage of this opportunity so that we may

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Rhino Day

not sure that the noise-making will do much but donations should help…

Concerned about Rhino poaching? Then get ready to take a stand and to make some noise. On 22 September (today), RHINO DAY, WWF calls on all concerned citizens of the world to dust off their vuvuzelas, toot their horns and to make as much noise as possible, at 1pm, as a symbolic act to send a powerful message to leaders that the time to take serious and effective action against rhino poaching is now.

RHINO DAY will be the culmination of a month-long campaign by WWF and other partners, encouraging the public to