Stroop: heart-wrenching movie that provides a journey into the depths of the Rhino war. Covering the poor South African communities drive for income through poaching, the fight of the brave rangers putting their lives on the line, the court battles and finally an undercover expose into the Asian markets for jewellery and traditional medicine.
The movie provides an unbelievably comprehensive account of the state of Rhino poaching in Africa all packaged in an award-winning documentary. Stroop has won too many global awards to mention including some of the most prestigious wildlife film awards. Truly a must watch.
The Rhino war in Africa
Brave rangers in many cases from the same communities fight for the Rhinos on a daily basis. Air and ground teams track poachers and risk their lives to protect Rhinos from harm.
Teams of people including volunteers, police officers, forensics, public prosecutors work tirelessly to make sure the poachers are apprehended and convicted.
Nurturing the vulnerable
Volunteers provide their time to nurse the baby Rhinos that are orphaned by the conflict. Young Rhinos are dependent on their mothers for 18 months. The daily personal care for these young orphans takes major commitment.
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The Rhino Horn Market in China and Vietnam
The use of rhino horn to produce jewellery and cups are alive and well in Vietnam. Rhino and other "natural" jewellery are worn by the rich elite. The cups are bought as the belief exist that drinking out of the horn cup provides healing properties as well as the sign of prestige.