What would drive a man to ‘smuggle’ rhino horn back into Africa at great risk to himself? This is just one of the situations Grant Fowlds has put himself in as part of his ongoing fight against poaching, in order to prove a link between southern Africa and the illicit, lucrative trade in rhino horn in Vietnam.
Fowlds is a South African conservationist with a unique commitment to everything endangered and the force behind the book Saving the Last Rhinos.
We chat to him in the latest episode of the Check-in, talking about his vision is to try to fill the shoes of the late elephant whisperer Lawrence Anthony and his recent undercover filming of a tusk and horn auction in Vietnam demonstrates that he is on the right track.
An his biggest piece of advice is for eco-conscious travellers, well besides coming to visit the unique conservation initiative Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape? Pull back on the petting by beware of being a "bunny hugger".
At Amakhala they allow "animals to be re-introduced to the area where they once roamed freely and so making a contribution to the conservation of our natural heritage. The challenge has been to re-establish the original flora and fauna species to the area and to return the land to nature".
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