The perilous 1,000-mile journey to save Africa’s endangered black rhinos
28 October 2022
Dr Rupert said that Peace Parks Foundation and the Limpopo Province have signed a partnership agreement to conduct research in wildlife diseases at this facility. Some of the world’s leading researchers will partner the Foundation in addressing specific wildlife disease issues. “The current bird flu problem that is being experienced in Asia is a reminder to us to be prepared for such problems in Southern Africa” he said.
“Upholding and creating space for the conservation of nature was and will always be one of my key personal priorities, but the challenge for the Peace Parks Foundation in the next decade is to be the leading force behind the training of veterinarians specialising in wildlife diseases,” Dr Rupert said.
“We need to study the interaction between wildlife, domestic animals and the communities in our region, and develop a joint policy and contingency plans for the veterinary management of wildlife in our region. Our wildlife is Southern Africa’s biggest competitive advantage in tourism,” he said. Together with the SA National Parks Board and the Faculty of Veterinary Science of the University of Pretoria the following have already been implemented:
“We are particularly pleased that Lord Alec Broers, former vice-chancellor and principal of Cambridge University has agreed to play a prominent role in our programs at this facility,” Dr Rupert said.