Target: Howard Buffett, CEO, Howard G. Buffett Foundation
Goal: Applaud $26 million donation to combat rhinoceros poaching
A $26 million donation was recently made to South Africa’s Kruger National Park by Howard Buffett, son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett. The donation will be used to aggressively fight rhinoceros poaching in the sanctuary, and to test new anti-poaching methods that could be implemented elsewhere in the world.
Kruger National Park is home to 40% of the world’s remaining 22,000 wild rhinos, a species in danger of total extinction due to poaching. In three years, over 1,000 of the animals were poached in South Africa alone, as well as another 172 animals less than three months into 2014. Despite the increasing rarity of wild rhinos, the number of animals poached is rising each year.
Rhinoceros horns are highly prized in some Asian countries as a status symbol or, more frequently, for use in traditional medicine. Pound for pound, ivory is worth more then gold, cocaine, or platinum in street markets throughout China. The proceeds from this illegal trade often go to fund poaching rings or other criminal gangs.
The money donated by Mr. Buffett will provide the park with a helicopter and land vehicles equipped with high-tech electronic sensors to help locate poachers. The donation will also allow the addition of specialized rangers and elite canine units, creating an Intensive Protection Zone within the park.
This new technology and additional anti-poaching staff could help even out the losing battle against poachers in Kruger National Park, while trial of Intensive Protection Zones could lead to improved conservation for many species worldwide. Thank Howard Buffett for his generous donation to the conservation of one of the world’s most threatened species.
Dear Howard Buffett, CEO, Howard G. Buffett Foundation,
The Howard G. Buffett Foundation recently made an impressive $26 million donation to Kruger National Park, a South African nature conservancy home to 40% of the world’s rhinos. Only 22,000 rhinos are estimated to remain in the wild, with this number decreasing at an alarming rate.
The donation will help deter rampant rhinoceros poaching with electronic sensors, specialized park rangers, and elite canine units, as well as land and air vehicles. The Intensive Protection Zone created in Kruger National Park could prove a turning point in the losing battle to save the rhinoceros, as well as set precedent for future conservation efforts worldwide. Thank you for your efforts to ensure the survival of the rhinoceros in South Africa.
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