Night before last-Natasha Anderson of the Lowveld Rhino Trust spent an evening with us, sharing a bottle of Excelsior Merlot 2010, handpicked by her wine route-hopping friends in Cape Town. A delicious soft wine, yet with rich red fruit flavour, it went exceedingly well with the slow braised steaks which I had simmered in layers of tomato and onion for hours….
Tell your friends about Painted Wolf Wines, Natasha…they will relish meeting the dynamic Painted Wolf Pack of Jeremy and Emma Borg in Cape Town, who donate part proceeds of all sales of their excellent wines to wild dog conservation.
Natasha’s red wine, wonderful as it was, did not lighten our mood as we discussed the state of rhino conservation efforts world wide. Rhino horn poaching is on the increase, and try as we might, we are winning a few battles but losing the war. Time for innovative and daring thinking…..and strong education/outreach programmes. We shared the PACE environmental education films for adults and young people alike, most impressive.
Children, Children, Children, with their natural enthusiasm and thirst for knowledge, are the way to conserving wild ecosystems for the future. But that is a long term investment, what about a quick fix now for the survival of black and white rhino species?