Rachel is a photographer and journalist based in Western Australia who joined Global Guardians on our last visit to Africa to document and promote the amazing work Tac Trac are doing to train anti-poaching rangers. Rachel continues to promote conservation long after our trip in her podcast interviews and articles she writes. You can listen to her most recent podcast here.
"One of the most impactful stories I have ever heard of Rhino Poaching is one that sticks in my mind so vividly and still brings me to tears. It’s the story of Thandi (meaning ‘love’ in Xhosa) and Themba (which means trust). I will try to tell it as well as I can. Both Thandi and Themba were darted and had their horns hacked of with machetes in the dead of night. When vets were called to the scene the next day - they expected to find both Rhinos dead...."
The black rhino is critically endangered with only 5,000-5,400 remaining. This conservancy in Zimbabwe is doing it's part to bring them back from the brink by breeding black rhinos. They look after a host of other animals also and provide an amazing place to get involved in conservation!
The pangolin is the world's most illegally traded mammal and is disappearing fast. Eye Of The Pangolin is the story of two men on a mission to share the wonder of all four species of African pangolin on camera for the first time ever.
In Kenya, a brave group of rangers are working to protect the last two northern white rhinoceros in the world. Years of widespread poaching and civil war savaged the rhinos’ populations, and the last few who remain are now protected by 24/7 armed guards at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy.