Greenwich Native Speaks On Plight Of African Rhinoceros

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Greenwich native Axel Hunnicutt speaks on the plight of the African rhinoceros. Photo Credit: Audobon Greenwich

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Greenwich native Axel Hunnicutt will speak on the plight of the African rhinoceros at Audubon Greenwich's Kiernan Hall on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 3 p.m.

In 2013, more rhinos were poached for their horns than any other year in the last century. This talk will discuss the current situation of the five remaining species of rhino in the world, the reasons for the poaching and possible solutions to preserving the rhino. 

Hunnicutt graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor of science degree in ecology and evolutionary biology, and in 2012 went to work studying grizzly bears in southern Canada.

More recently, he earned a bachelor's of science honours degree in wildlife management at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and has been studying the Suni, an endangered antelope and the spotted hyena.

When asked about rhino conservation, Hunnicutt said, "While working in government and privately-owned protected reservations, I have witnessed the atrocious and gruesome work of poachers. Of the many species under pressure these days, the situation facing rhinos is worse than ever before."

Since 2006, illegal poaching of Africa's rhinos for their horns has increased exponentially and now rhino populations are seriously threatened. South Africa remains the rhino's stronghold containing 90 percent of all rhinos in Africa and 73 percent of the world's rhino.

RSVP to greenwichcenter@audubon.org
or call 203-869-5272, ext. 239 and leave a message if you wish to attend. A donation of $5 is suggested.

Audubon is located at 613 Riversville Road in Greenwich.

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