Professional Resources

African Rhino Specialist Group

The continental strategic framework for rhino conservation in Africa is provided by the World Conservation Union’s (IUCN) Species Survival Commission’s (SSC) African Rhino Specialist Group (AfRSG) and its continental African Rhino Action Plan.

The AfRSG comprises a Chairman, a partially funded Scientific Officer (SO), representatives of most African rhino range states and a variety of rhino experts who operate as a network to address both strategic (e.g. government rhino policy) and implementation challenges for rhino conservation, ensuring that the best scientific knowledge is used as the basis for decision-making and field conservation programmes.The AfRSG is based at the KwaZulu-Natal Nature Conservation Service in South Africa where Chairman Dr. Michael Knight and Scientific Officer Dr. Richard Emslie are located. 

Environmental Education Programmes

The education aim of the North Luangwa Conservation Education Programme NLCP CEP is to use the black rhino as a flagship species that will facilitate local schoolchildren to learn about, and to play an active role in, the conservation of the North Luangwa Valley.
The objectives to achieve this aim are:-

  •  To raise awareness and understanding of the conservation of the North Luangwa Valley and the benefits that this brings to local schoolchildren and their communities.

  • To generate a sense of empathy for black rhinos amongst local schoolchildren, and to foster responsibility for their future survival in the North Luangwa Valley.

  • To engender a sense of ownership and responsibility amongst local schoolchildren for the conservation of the North Luangwa Valley, and to promote key messages to secondary audiences.

The Teacher's Conservation Guide contains plans for 20 lessons that are used by a Conservation Teacher to plan out a carefully prepared curriculum around environmental education tailored to the North Luangwa region. The Childrens Activity Booklet contains activities corresponding to the 20 lessons to be completed by the students.

We encourage people to download these resources and to incorporate them in any way you wish when planning an environmental education programme.

Childrens Activity booklet                        Teacher training guide

Childrens activity bookletTeacher training guide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Questions to consider when designing a environmental education programme

1.What is your Conservation goal?

To enhance the protection and management of this rhino population and its habitat

2. What is your Environmental education goal? (What difference do you want to make?)

To change attitudes towards wildlife and habitat conservation to secure the long-term sustainability of the National Park and its conservation efforts

3. What messages do you want to deliver?

 

  • Habitat restoration of the National Park
  • Water conservation
  • The rhino breeding programme 
  • The strong security
  • Dispelling rumours about the activities in the Park

4. Who do you want to reach with those messages?

  • Where do they live?
  • Children or adults or both?
  • Which ages of children or type of adults? (Primary school / secondary school / teachers / community groups / District Education Officers / district government officials / judiciary / wildlife personnel / tourists…)

5. How do you deliver these messages to those people?

 

  • EEO travelling round with a generator, laptop and digital projector (as in North Luangwa)?
  • Or train the teachers via workshops?
  • Or another method.

6. How do you know it is working?

 

  • Worksheets completed by pupils during each trip
  • Evaluation forms completed after each trip
  • Teachers’ review sheets completed after each trip
  • Teachers’ feedback sessions
  • Pupils’ Personal Meaning Maps
  • Anecdotal evidence

CITES

CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

See CITES strategic vision here

See the actions laid out at COP16 in March 2013 here 

 

Rhino Resource Center

The Rhino Resource Center is a knowledge centre that aims to collect, preserve and cataloge all knowledge on rhinos including information about rhino conservation, research, veterinary medicine, and husbandry. SRI sponsor the Rhino Resource Center