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The Crash of Rhinos - Ray Dearlove

The Crash of Rhinos

By: Ray Dearlove

Paperback | 1 September 2020 | Edition Number 1

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‘What will future generations think of us when they look back and rhinos are only in a picture book?’ Dr Jane Goodall DBE

The Crash of Rhinos is a play on words. A ‘crash’ is the collective noun for rhinos, but it also describes the carnage wrought by poachers in Africa who have slaughtered more than 10,000 rhinos - three a day - in the past decade to feed the seemingly insatiable demand for rhino horn in some Asian countries.

The author spent his first forty years in South Africa and during this time developed a love of wildlife. After emigrating to Australia, Ray retained strong ties with African wildlife and conservation. In 2014 a friend suggested that he investigate the feasibility of bringing rhinos to Australia to act as an insurance policy in the event of the possibility of the extinction of rhino species in the wild. The Australian Rhino Project was born.

The Crash of Rhinos traces the origin of the Project to the present with the team still working to relocate rhinos to Australia. It is an insightful, frustrating, humorous and humbling story that will make you laugh, cry and tear your hair out in exasperation. In Ray’s own words, ‘There was extreme joy and there was acute heartache.’

This fascinating story demonstrates what can be achieved by one person with the passion, resilience and dogged persistence to meet challenges, obstacles and the glacial pace of governments - even in the face of a crisis.

The proceeds of this book will be directed to the South African all-female anti-poaching group, The Black Mambas.

About the Author

Ray Dearlove’s obsession with wildlife started at a very young age when his family visited the Kruger National Park in South Africa on an annual basis. This continued when he became a Founding Director of the Ingwelala Private Game Reserve in the Timbavati area. Although Ray and his family have called Australia home since 1987, they’ve continued travelling to the African bush with regular visits to South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Kenya and Tanzania.

In May 2013 Ray founded The Australian Rhino Project which is focused on establishing breeding herds of white and black rhinoceros in Australia as an insurance population for the two species which face imminent threat of extinction. This project has gained serious global momentum – a daunting but extremely important and satisfying venture (and adventure).

Ray’s extensive professional career included senior executive roles in the IT, real estate, event management and professional sport sectors, including ten years as the GM of the highly successful Sydney University Football Club and a stint at the ACT Brumbies with Rugby World Cup winning coach, Jake White.

Ray’s mission now is to raise awareness of the onslaught on rhinos and to save them from extinction. He is also a Formal Strategic Advisor to the Wildlife Conservation Network rhino fund.

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