“If the international community doesn’t pull together, and quickly, we face the real threat of no rhino left in the wild in only a few years”, warns wildlife vet Will Fowlds.

Mother and baby white rhino

Dr Fowlds, whose pioneering work to save injured rhinos was featured in the BBC’s 2014 series Operation Wild, said: “Rhino are being killed for the supposed medicinal qualities of their horns, but they only consist of keratin.”

Rhino poaching has grown dramatically since the start of the century.

One organisation getting involved in the work to save the rhino is UK veterinary partnership Medivet – a company Dr Fowlds enjoys a long-standing connection with, having worked as a vet with them for several years. 

Medivet senior partner John Smithers, who saw Dr Fowlds’ work on a recent fact-finding visit to South Africa, said: “Will approached us last year for our support to save this iconic species. He has opened our eyes to the crisis facing these gentle giants and we felt we couldn’t ignore it.

“We’re currently in discussion with him and leading conservation charity, The Wilderness Foundation, to see what we can do to help.”

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