Leslie Goffe from BBC World Service talks to Reina-Marie Loader about HORN
Leslie Goffe from one of the BBC World Service’s cornerstone shows ‘Africa Today’ caught up with Reina-Marie Loader at the Natural History Museum in New York to talk about HORN and rhino poaching in South Africa. Here an extract from the interview:
Cinéma Humain’s film HORN receives honour in New York.
The Wildlife Conservation Film Festival has announced in New York that the film “HORN,” directed by Reina-Marie Loader, has won the 2015 award for “Best Conservation Film”. The award will be made at a ceremony on October 23, 2015. Dr Loader will also speak at the parallel Biodiversity Conference in New York.
HORN is a film about the usually neglected social side of rhino poaching. It highlights the social causes that drive people to poaching and shows that the conservation of rhinos can be a problem solver for disadvantaged communities.
HORN to screen in competition at the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival in New York, October 2015.
“It is exciting that HORN will show in New York as I hope this will raise awareness of the complexities of the rhino poaching issue, and the potential long term perspective that is needed as we face the current crisis”, said Reina-Marie Loader. “I will also be speaking at the Biodiversity Conference, which is connected to the festival”, Loader concluded.
The Wildlife Conservation Film Festival takes place in the third week of October. It attracts an international representation of films, filmmakers, advocates and scientists dedicated to the preservation of global biodiversity. Visitors come to New York from across the globe to attend.
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Reina-Marie Loader nominated for ‘Best Awareness, Education and Funding’ at the Rhino Conservation Awards 2015
On 28 July 2015 people from all over South Africa gathered for the Rhino Conservation Awards 2015. In attendance were HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, who has been an avid supporter of African conservation for years. Also attending were representatives from several significant conservation agencies across Africa. Congratulations to all the winners!
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The heat is excruciating. Even in the air-conditioned bakkie I can feel it pressing down on the roof, pushing its way through the steel. But I’m not really thinking about the heat right now. I am clinging on for dear life as the bakkie bounces along a dirt road only accessible in a 4×4. It doesn’t stop for a moment. Up and down I bounce, first hitting my head against the back of the seat and then the roof. I lock my right hand around the handle above me in the attempt to stabilise myself. It doesn’t seem to make one bit of difference though. My second hand is out of commission as it is wrapped around my camera. I glance over at David, who is sitting to my left. He is struggling even more than me.
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