March 04, 2011
Save the Rhino parade at Cape Town Pride this weekend
The theme of Pride this year is “Love Our Diversity”. As a symbolic act to raise awareness, several hundred people will be gathering at the old Green Point Stadium (adjacent to the new stadium) to show their support for Pride and to encourage serious and effective action against rhino poaching under the banner “Love Our Biodiversity”.
We are meeting at 10h30 on Saturday, March 5, 2011. Vests or T-shirts will be provided to those who requested them on the Facebook event wall – don’t fret if you missed out, there should be a few spares. Bring water and bring hats and sunscreen in case it gets hot.
There will be a huge party after the parade – entrance is R30 with artists such as Wendy Oldfield (not quite U2, but she’s still jolly good) performing. It’s going to be quite the party. No under 18s at the afterparty but there is a separate kids’ club for under 16s at Fort Wynand (slight problem if you’re 17).
Twice as many rhino were killed in 2010 than were poached in the entire period from 2000 to 2007. If the poaching surge continues, it will soon reach the point where the rate at which rhino are being killed will exceed the birth rate. South Africa is currently losing nearly a rhino a day to poaching.