Only 68 Javan rhino exists in remote and inaccessible forest. That these peculiar almost prehistoric looking animals have been reduced to such small numbers is very sad. Poached as most rhino are for their horn these animals face an uncertain and probably bleak future without our help.
I love to hear about the successful rehabilitation of wild animals after rescue. Mulisani is an orphaned male elephant named after David Shepherd who contributed so much to the wild world through his art patronage and support. Mulisani means shepherd in Zambian language. This 3 year old elephant is doing so well that he has been transported on a 10 hour journey to meet his new family of older elephants so he can learn from them the ways of elephants. One day he may even be living as a wild elephant the way he should.
More sad news from the Trump administration.......to allow the import of body parts from elephants killed by trophy hunters into the US. Can this president get any worse in his decision making ? Turning on it's head the previous bans by the Obama administration, Trump seems determined to destroy all the good that has been done to protect wildlife. It is a shameful regression and another blow to the future of elephants. It is of little consolation the the cost of a trip to hunt elephants is as much as $50,000 because there are plenty of rich heartless Americans that can afford what would be a drop in the bucket of their wealth. It's a great pity they can't fund a worthwhile cause with their money instead of spending it on self gratification in the form of killing precious wildlife that one day may not grace the wild places in the world simply because people in power like Trump did nothing to protect them. It's well known that Trumps sons enjoy trophy hunting in Africa so clearly he did nothing to teach them to appreciate animals which is then reflected in his decision making because he simple doesn't care about it. Shame shame on you Trump for helping to spell the death knell to elephants for no other reason than to satisfy wealthy influential blood thirsty creeps that the world would be better off without.
Just when you think it couldn't get any harder for wildlife to survive comes the news that China has lifted the ban of decades on the trade in tiger bones and rhino horn. Defending the move as ' in line with the needs of reality ' is unbelievable, what reality ? The only reality is that it has been scientifically proven there is absolutely no medicinal benefit in either tiger bones or rhino horn, that is purely a cultural idiosy. These are highly endangered animals that even with bans in place face extinction so how can China justify this appalling decision. Conservationists around the world are condemning the decision saying this move has doomed these animals to certain extinction and I believe it's true. For what ? the insane idea that their body parts somehow help mankind is a proven totally misguided idea. In a global community how can one country decide to expose these precious animals to the persecution and extermination that would surely see them wiped off the planet and for what ? It's a terribly distressing and sad outcome.