TV Highlights For Rhino Blog: 1 To 7 October 2018

The world’s rhinos are in trouble and award-winning wildlife television presenter Bonné de Bod is on a quest to find out why and more importantly, what’s being done.

Please find Rhino Blog highlights on People’s Weather (DStv 180) for the week 1 to 7 October.

Rhino Blog: Courts
Tuesday, 2 October at 10:53 with repeats every two hours
People’s Weather (DStv 180)

The saying “the wheels of justice turn slowly” couldn’t be truer than here in Africa. Presenter Bonne de Bod explores the criminal justice system where rhinos are voiceless but where brave state prosecutors are speaking for them. Poaching a rhino in South Africa where rhinos are classified as property has, up until now, not been a serious crime. Recent linkages of illegal rhino horn trade to large international syndicates has now brought attention to crimes against rhinos, with the government focusing on this as a priority crime. Bonné sits in court where the large syndicate gangs appear as well as the poor and illiterate poachers from Mozambique.

Rhino Blog: Intensive Protection Zone
Sunday, 7 October at 10:45 with repeats every two hours
People’s Weather (DStv 180)

Kruger National Park is one of the world’s biggest and wildest national parks, making it incredibly difficult for its 400 field rangers to patrol and protect the world’s largest living population of rhinos in the wild. Spread out over an area the size of New Jersey or Israel, the park’s scientists have decided to move the rhinos in a massive operation to the Intensive Protection Zone or IPZ. It’s here in this zone that the rhinos are away from the porous Mozambican border where poachers infiltrate the park in as many as 15 gangs of three daily. The relocated rhinos now have foot collars that are tracked every 36-hours and there is an increased militarised presence of armed rangers, helicopters, police and the national army. It is hoped by bringing a large population of rhinos into this area that they will adapt to their new territory and stay alive in what should be one of the world’s safest national parks.

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry.

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