Celebrating world rhino day 2016 with adventurer
“TreadRight is the corporate social responsibility organisation of our parent company, The Travel Corporation. All the brands represented in South Africa support the work done by them. To aid in highlighting the plight we face with Rhino poaching we’ve created a video with our TreadRight Ambassador,” Céline Cousteau, World Rhino Day.
The Travel Corporation and the TreadRight Foundation are celebrating World Rhino Day 2016! Actually it is recognised annually on September 22nd. Consequently this year leading environmentalist, and explorer, Céline Cousteau chats to Angus Tanner, senior manager conservation, Wilderness Foundation Africa.
Cousteau has spent her life exploring the planet. This while helping to amplify the voices of the amazing individuals working to protect ecosystems, wildlife, and people. As TreadRight Ambassador, she’s helping the foundation tell the heartening stories of inspiring partners and projects around the world.
Through the TreadRight Wildlife Initiative, the foundation has provided support to the Wilderness Foundation Africa. This by funding the purchase of a bat hawk aircraft used for rhino anti-poaching operations, as well as supporting general wildlife crime countermeasures.
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In the new TreadRight Ambassador video, Cousteau explores the dire situation rhino populations currently face. Furthermore they learn more about the important role the TreadRight Bat Hawk plays in the Wilderness Foundation’s vital conservation efforts.
“The Bat Hawk is one of the fantastic arrow’s in our quiver. Not only in the monitoring of the species, but also as a deterrent and active apprehension tool,” Tanner explains to Cousteau. “ In my opinion without TreadRight’s support so far, we wouldn’t have taken the steps we have.”
“It was moving to gain an understanding of how hard the foundation is working to save rhinos from extinction. Presently it’s a non-stop battle, that requires constant vigilance. In addition it needs dedication in the face of a threat of unprecedented proportions,” says Cousteau. “In filming the video, one of the things I really wanted to discover for myself was whether or not the people on the front line believe this is a battle that they can win. I got my answer.”
The TreadRight Wildlife Initiative is delivered in partnership with leading wildlife organisations WildAid, the Wilderness Foundation Africa, and Wildlife SOS – India, and is dedicated to helping ensure our planet’s most at risk wildlife populations are protected.
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If there is one thing that I have learnt, it is the more I see, the more there is to see! My name is Tracy Burrows and I am the managing editor of Out There Global, a community driven travel platform for both cost effective and luxury travel ideas around the world. From Jan 2014 - Dec 2016 I managed the LatestSightings.com blog (a United Nations World Summit Award Winner: Culture & Tourism 2016 & National Geographic partner). I was also consulting editor at MOZambique Magazine, and contributor at Sawubona. Prior to my career I obtained a tourism marketing degree, and graduated from a 2 year 'Hospitality Management in Development Program' in California. Following this I acquired a journalism diploma and since it's been all about travel and writing! And my nourishment from all those who have impacted me: family; friends; and strangers alike. Thank you for joining our journey!