They met Tusk’s Director of Programmes Sarah Watson to raise awareness of the plight of African rhino ahead of World Rhino Day on 22 September and the upcoming Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in London on 11 – 12 October.
As Champion for the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference, Zac Goldsmith will help bring together global leaders, the private sector and wildlife experts in the fight against the illegal wildlife trade, building support and partnerships among external stakeholders before the conference.
The UK is taking a leading role in the fight against IWT. It has already set itself as a global leader on this issue, by bringing together global leaders in 2014. The UK has already committed to significant funding of £18.5 million to help combat IWT. Further funding is expected to be announced at the conference.
Rhino poaching is increasing: In 2007, 13 rhinos were poached in South Africa; in 2015 that number rose to 1,175, out of a global population of fewer than 30,000.
Thanks to the actions of determined conservationists, governments and donors, some rhino populations are holding, but globally the species is still in crisis and further action is needed to ensure that rhinos are not lost to extinction forever.
The Tusk Rhino Trail celebrates this magnificent animal and raises vital funds to ensure the continued conservation of rhinos and their fellow African species.
The sculptures are on display at a selection of iconic London sites including Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and Carnaby Street and will culminate with the celebration of World Rhino Day on 22 September 2018.
The unique artworks will then go to auction in aid of Tusk on 9 October 2018 at an event hosted by leading London auction house, Christie’s.
Follow #TuskRhinoTrail for latest news on the Rhino Trail
Follow #Endwildlifecrime to stay up to date on news around the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference.