The future of the rhino in Africa is bleak. If current trends endure and demand in Asia continues to go unabated, the next generation will know the rhino as an animal that reached extinction on our watch. Steps can be taken to increase security at the tactical level on private reserves which are doing a more effective job protecting rhinos from poaching syndicates than the South African government. These private entities, along with pressure on and education in Asia, specifically China, Vietnam and Thailand, using both political pressure from governments and social pressure from non-governmental organizations are vital components of a full spectrum approach. This must also include foundations to fund the tactical level training of anti-poaching units that are quite literally the front line forces in this battle. Ideally, these programs would be coupled with transnational counter-poaching efforts focused on disrupting and dismantling the rhino poaching syndicates using human and technical means to target, and local/federal law enforcement units to find-fix-finish illicit networks upstream of the poachers on the ground. Teams could then exploit-analyze-disseminate that intelligence and information to a broader network of governments committed to saving the rhino.
Look for insights from time spent in Mozambique back in 2016 along with this past week on the ground in the Kalahari on the pages of my next novels, and, as always, enjoy the ride!
STRENGTH AND HONOR. JACK CARR