A MyJHB.co.za selected Johannesburg Zoo video for you:
(25 Oct 2010) SHOTLIST
1. Wide of Phila the black rhino headbutting trailer
2. Phila running through enclosure, zoom out to people watching
3. Close-up of Phila
4. Wide pan of Phila running through enclosure
5. Various of Phila running inside the enclosure
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Allan Salkinder, Rhino Owner:
“If we can’t control crime to the extent that a safe area like this is at risk, where is safe? So, I mean, what I am saying to you is that this is a microcosm of our security situation in South Africa. If we can get on top of the poaching then I am happy we can get on top of other kinds of crime otherwise.”
7. Various of Phila inside enclosure
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Letta Madlala, Johannesburg Zoo Brand and Communications Manager:
“We are aware of the problems that face black rhinos. You know that the zoo has a 24 hour security dedicated to the zoo as an entity, so what we had to do was to take extra measures to ensure that this animal is safe.”
9. People watching Phila
10. Various of Phila
A critically endangered black rhino shot nine times by poachers in South Africa was moved to a zoo in Johannesburg on Monday.
A spokesman for the Endangered Wildlife Trust said on Monday that 5-year-old Phila will stay at the zoo until she recovers from her wounds, which may take six months.
Although she had been dehorned so she’d be less attractive to poachers, Phila was shot twice in the wild and seven times in captivity at a game farm.
Her owner Allan Salkinder said keeping the rhino safe would be a test of South Africa’s ability to fight crime.
“This is a microcosm of our security situation in South Africa. If we can get on top of the poaching then I am happy we can get on top of other kinds of crime,” he said.
The zoo said extra security has been put in place to protect Phila.
Conservationists say rhino poaching has increased dramatically because of high demand for rhino horn in Asia, where it is used for medicinal purposes.
South Africa, which hosts more than 90 percent of the world’s rhino population, has been losing some 20 rhinos per month.
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