Extraordinary ways to save rhinos
JOHANNESBURG - Every effort is being sought to help the fight against rhino poaching.
The fight to preserve the species has become paramount with more than 428 already killed in the year thus far.
Poaching modus operandi is constantly changing with conservationists having to up the ante with innovative solutions.
Michael Grover, a 29-year-old ecological officer at Sabi Sands has designed an app that records bullet projectiles, GPS co-ordinates and photographs of previously poached animals in an effort to triangulate the movements of poachers.
Grover studied conservation and said: "I have no interest in fighting wars. I’m not a military person. I have no interest in going into the bush at night carrying huge guns.”
He developed the app to collate all the data from the poaching scenes.
“You can fill in anything from blood splatter, to the obscure vehicles you see on the park,” he said.
Having already received an award for his efforts, his technology caught the eye of environmental agencies in the United States.
Also on a quest to save rhinos is an 11-year-old boy at the Victory Theatre here in Johannesburg.
Young pianist Tyrone Aaron saw a rhino die before his eyes and was moved to play his part.
“It was just sad seeing my heritage die right there. And maybe my children won't get to see it. So I wanted to put a stop to it."
"I'm using my musical talent, and I'm doing road shows and I've done a concert,” he said.