Young people tackle rhino poaching

Johannesburg, 18 May 2015 – Yebo Gogga, an exhibition at Wits University aims to educate young people about different issues. This year's theme covered rhino poaching - an ongoing problem not just in South Africa but across the continent.
JOHANNESBURG - The fight against rhino poaching is now being taken up by young people with some of them attended the Yebo Gogga exhibition at Wits University on Sunday.
 
Yebo Gogga is a project  aimed at educating young people and this year's theme covers rhino poaching - an ongoing problem not just in South Africa but across the continent. 
 
And these young people are lending their support.
 
Kirsten Everett, co-founder of Wildlife SA says, "The problem at the moment is poaching, so much effort is going into rhino poaching and anti-rhino poaching trying to save the rhinos."
 
"Although this is really important so many other animals are suffering, one elephant dies in every 15 minutes, lions are killed for their bones other parts are also suffering. In order to combat that we believe the youth must get involved." 
 
One of the organisers says it’s important to add wildlife and environmental education to the curriculum in order to raise awareness. 
 
Irene Huysamen, Rhino SA chairperson says, "We have had high school children who have come through and have absolutely no idea of why we need to preserve the big five for the future economic of this country." 
 
Last year, over one thousand rhinos were killed by poachers in South Africa alone.
 
 
 

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