Cape Town - England bowlers
and Investec ambassadors Stuart Broad and Steven Finn took time out from their
busy Test schedule while in South Africa to learn more about the
relentless poaching of rhino.
Representatives from Investec Rhino Lifeline
hosted the cricketers at Shamwari, giving them the opportunity to have
first-hand experience of the animals, as well as get to know some of the people
dedicated to saving them.
The England cricketers
assisted experienced wildlife vet Dr Johan Joubert and anti-poaching expert
Rodney Visser as they carried out a DNA and tagging procedure on a young male
white rhino. These complex procedures are vital in the effort to track and
protect these animals from increasingly sophisticated poachers.
visited the Shamwari Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre to witness the recovery of
a white rhino that was brutally attacked in 2015, and to learn about the
protection, rescue and rehabilitation of rhino.
The project was established in 2012 to raise awareness through youth education in
South Africa and Vietnam. This unique two fold approach enables the team to
target both the supply and demand side of rhino poaching.
Tanya Dos Santos,
Head of Investec Rhino Lifeline, said: “It was an amazing opportunity to
introduce Stuart and Steven to some of our country’s incredible wildlife and
for them to be personally touched by the magnificence of rhino. The future of
the species depends on the passion of our youth, and we hope these cricketers
will able to reach and inspire young people to become future conservation
Broad said, “As an Investec ambassador it's been
an eye-opening experience to learn more about the efforts of Investec Rhino
Lifeline. We hope by coming on this trip we can raise awareness of the plight
of rhino in South Africa, which is now close to our hearts.”
Steven Finn added, “Coming from the UK I didn't realise what a huge
issue the rhino faces. This has been an educational few days and I hope our
work today will encourage followers of cricket to learn more about this
specialist bank and asset manager which originated in South Africa in 1974, has
sponsored Broad and Finn since 2012 as well
as Test cricket in England from 2011-2021. The bowlers’ visit to the Eastern
Cape game reserve was off the back of a nail-biting draw against South Africa in the second Test in Cape Town.