Target: World Wildlife Foundation’s Chief Conservation Officer: Steven Chapman
Goal: Applaud the World Wildlife Foundation for funding technological advancements to save rhinoceros
The World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) has made a generous contribution to the Kenya Wildlife Service. The money given by WWF will be used by Kenyan conservationists to implant microchips in the horns and bodies of rhinoceros. This will allow conservationists to track the horns and ultimately discourage and reprimand poachers.
The WWF donated 15,000 USD to the Kenya Wildlife Service. Because of this lofty amount, every rhinoceros in Kenya will have one microchip planted in its horn, and one planted elsewhere on its body. Having two microchips per rhino will allow conservationists to track a specific horn back to its body in order to confirm poaching. The microchip will not be visible to a poacher, so killing and transporting rhino horns or body parts will be extremely risky. The microchip will make it impossible for poachers with rhino parts to go unnoticed at ports of entry, allowing authorities to capture and detain them.
This incredible investment will give the dwindling population of 1,000 rhinoceros in Kenya a fighting chance. Poachers are becoming more resourceful and are utilizing technology to commit crimes; it is important to always stay one step ahead of these wrongdoers in order to save endangered species. Commend the WWF for their generous donation and constant commitment to the Earth’s endangered species.
Dear Steven Chapman, the World Wildlife Foundation’s Chief Conservation Officer,
Recently the World Wildlife Foundation donated 15,000 USD to the Kenya Wildlife Service to help in the fight against rhinoceros poaching. This contribution is a game changer. The conservationists in Kenya that fight tirelessly to protect endangered rhinoceros can now install microchips in every rhinoceros horn and body in order to track them with extreme efficiency. This implant will discourage many poachers from taking the horns of, and ultimately killing these magnificent animals.
These microchips will make tracking a severed horn to the rhinoceros body extremely accurate, and will make it nearly impossible for poachers with contraband to cross ports of entry. There are only 1,000 rhinoceros remaining in Kenya. Ten rhinoceros have already been poached this year, 2013, and 23 poaching incidents were reported in Kenya last year. Every single microchip planted will mean one more rhinoceros saved.
The war to save endangered species from unnecessary cruelty and death may never end. It is important to stay one step ahead of poachers at all times. Because of World Wildlife Foundation’s generosity, the rhinoceros in Kenya may have won their battle. Thank you for your continued dedication to endangered species.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Brocken Inaglory via Wikimedia Commons