Discover the ‘Plight of the Rhino’ at Audubon lecture Jan. 25

Learn about one of the world’s most iconic creatures on Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. when the Audubon Greenwich presents The Plight of the Rhino in Africa — a special presentation by Axel Hunnicutt, a Greenwich native  conducting research on rhinos in South Africa.

The rhinoceros is well recognized throughout the world. Yet, the feature that makes this animal so distinct is the cause of its demise. In 2013 more rhinos were poached for their horns than any other year prior in the last century. The talk will discuss the current situation regarding the five remaining species of rhino in the world, reasons for the poaching problem and possible solutions to preserving the rhino.

Mr. Hunnicutt is a Greenwich native who studied wildlife biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science in ecology and evolutionary biology. In 2012, he went to work studying grizzly bears in southern Canada. More recently, he earned a Bachelor’s of Science Honours Degree in Wildlife Management at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and has been studying the Suni, an endangered antelope, and the spotted hyena.

“While working in government and privately-owned protected reservations, I have witnessed the atrocious and gruesome work of poachers,” Mr. Hunnicutt said. “Of the many species under pressure these days, the situation facing rhinos is worse than ever before.”

Since 2006 illegal poaching of Africa’s rhinos for their horns has increased exponentially and now rhino populations are seriously threatened. In the last six years poaching has increased by 5,000% and continues to climb as horns used in Asian traditional medicine are now worth more than gold. The illegal and inhumane slaughter of rhinos across Africa has been called the worst conservation crisis of the century.

For additional information about rhino conservation, visit Stoprhinopoaching.com, Projectrhinokzn.org or Wwf.org.za/what_we_do/rhino_programme.

All ages are welcome at the discussion, to be held at Audubon Greenwich’s Kiernan Hall & Oppenheimer Gallery at 613 Riversville Road. There is a suggested donation of $5.

RSVP to [email protected] or leave a voicemail with the number of people who will attend at 203-869-5272, ext. 239.

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