Mantis joins the fight to save the rhino
In April 2014, the Mantis Group marketing director, Paul Gardiner, had an informal meeting with Vietnamese pop star, Thu Minh. This encounter led to Mantis and the Wilderness Foundation persuading her and fellow pop star, Thanh Bui, to become ambassadors of the rhino cause in South Africa.
Vietnam remains the largest consumer of rhino horn in the Far East – the horns are used as ornaments or for medicinal uses which include cures for hangovers and even illnesses as extreme as cancer. South Africa is losing up to three rhinos a day to greedy poachers and the war on Africa’s wildlife has gotten out of control.
The meeting with Thu Minh in 2014, led to the Wilderness Foundation’s initiation of a rhino education programme with various schools across the Vietnamese countryside.
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