SAGCE Joins in Fight to Save Rhinos|
May 11, 2011
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As a show of support for South Africa’s ongoing crusade to preserve the world’s endangered rhino population, the South African Gold Coin Exchange has donated 500,000 rand, or about $75,000, to the Endangered Wildlife Trust.
More than 50 rhinos have already been poached in 2011, according to SAGCE.
Dovetailing with its EWT donation, SAGCE has launched the Endangered Wildlife Trust rhino gold set. With a mintage of 1,300, the limited edition gold coin set features a 2009 half-ounce white rhino coin, a 2010 half-ounce black rhino coin and a special quarter-ounce Endangered Wildlife Trust medallion.
In 2010, a total of 333 rhinos were killed and dehorned in South Africa. There has been a marked increase in poaching and illegal rhino horn trade since the 1980s. In the 24 years between 1980 and 2004, 148 rhinos were poached in South Africa, increasing to 126 between 2005 and 2008, and a further increase in 2009, when 122 rhinos were poached.
“SAGCE is deeply concerned about conserving and protecting the country’s rhino population – which is why we have decided to donate a sizable sum to EWT on the day that we launch the gold rhino coin sets,” said Alan Demby, SAGCE’s executive chairman.
“This is our second donation to the cause, the first being the donation of a gold Rhino Natura Coin to radio station Jacaranda 94.2’s rhino telethon late last year, an initiative that raised more than 1 million rand to fund attempts to eliminate rhino poaching.”
“This support from SAGCE is much needed and appreciated and will make a big difference to our rhino conservation work,” says Vanessa Bezuidenhout, lead of business development and funding for the EWT, which has been active in conservation since 1973.
The rhino coin set is available at SAGCE’s retail “Scoin” chains nationwide or online at www.sagoldcoin.com/coins.asp.
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