The Wilderness Foundation, through its Forever Wild Rhino Protection Initiative has expanded its operations in Vietnam. The initiative is set to address the demand for rhino horn in this key user country and to enhance the broader fight against poaching.
According to Wilderness Foundation, Wildlife crime is the fifth most profitable unlawful trade in the world, estimated at up to $10 billion annually.
CapeTalk’s John Mytham spoke to Matthew Norval, COO for The Wilderness Foundation:
According to Norval they have taken 22 Vietnamese youth on wilderness trails in South Africa. The purpose of the trail is to nurture awareness, insight, empathy and understanding - allowing these young students to return home as dedicated and informed emissaries for conservation and rhino protection.
We really want a good presence on the ground there
Norval says currently Vietnam is one of the major users of rhino horn.
Listen to the Full conversation on the John Maytham Show: