Kate on Conservation

Rhino Conservation (again)

lone rhino in Africa

Following my last blog post on rhino conservation, a post came up on a blog that I am subscribed to (Worldwide Experience’s very own Voice of Conservation) reiterating the message of just how high the number of rhinos killed by poaching this year has reached (see: here).

So it was with great interest that I receive a link from one of my blog readers (thank you Stevie) to an article about the use of stem cells to potentially boost population numbers in the future. click here to read more.

I would like to ask for YOUR opinion on whether you feel this is a positive step forward in conservation or whether science is going to far? I can’t help but think that this is like something from the pages of Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park and may be a step too far? But with money and conservation efforts being poured into projects such as the plight of the rhinos, could this be the answer to all us animal lovers’ prayers?

My thoughts remain divided on this, particularly after an online conversation I had with Voice of Conservation Katherine Alex who set the topic of the week on her Facebook page as:

WEEKLY CONSERVATION QUESTION: Do all animals deserve to be saved? How do you choose which to save?
Remember: Extinction is a natural process.With that in mind, is this new method of saving rhinos a step forward or a step back in conservation? Thoughts in the little box below please.

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