We invest our profits back into nature where it’s most urgently neededSustainable Wildlife Conservation

lequise-ethiopia-01Our mission is to provide everyone a chance to enjoy African nature and wildlife, as long as it is not at the expense of our natural habitat.  L’EQUISE is offering  products of animals that are in abundance, CITES approved and hunted for population control only, while investing our profits back into nature helping the animals that need it most urgently (with special focus on Rhinos).

LEQUISE Logo and glassLOOKING FOR THE MAGIC OF THE RHINO HORN?
Try the slightly cheaper Marula berry instead. Rich in vitamin C, potassium, calcium and magnesium, as well as protein. Alternatively, the Kudu inner horn is made out of the same material, with the same look and feel of real rhino horn. Also make sure you try our Rhino wine, ‘the drink of gods, symbol of fertility, immortality, and divinity’.

Purchasing our products means you’re not only supporting the African population and economy but also supporting Stan and Jacqueline Burger’s Iwamanzi nature reserve in their battle protecting the close to extinct Rhinos from poachers. Stan and Jacqueline Burger bought an overgrazed cattle farm with almost no wild animals, and turned it into a nature reserve in 2005. It now has over 1,000 native animals roaming 9,140 acres including hippos, giraffes, springbok, kudu antelopes and rhinos. Iwamanzi is exemplary for the success story of South Africa’s wildlife conservation. The country now has 24 MILLION large mammals, up from fewer than 600 thousand in the early 1960s (source: Prof. van Hoven, University of Pretoria).

Iwamanzi has been able to increase security around their rhinos by attracting capable and reliable staff (currently 32) and investing in technology such as drones, alarm system, cameras and night vision as the battle against poachers is hardening and professionalizing (poachers use helicopters nowadays).

Iwamanzi and LEQUISE - Stan Jacqueline and Randy Willemsen - smallThe nature reserve is privately owned which offers the huge benefit that we exactly know how funds are spent. Most people don’t realize how many rhinos are actually in the hands of privately owned parks such as Iwamanzi. One of the major challenges for privately owned parks is that they need to be self proficient.

They do not benefit from any of the donations collected globally. Instead, these funds end up at government parks where it can be difficult to tell how much of the funds are used for the benefit of rhinos.

To generate income Iwamanzi opened their doors to the public and has built magnificent river lodges where guests can stay overnight and observe all the animals including the rhinos in their natural environment.

A unique sustainable model of Wildlife conservation. With your support, L’EQUISE will help to increase the number of rhinos in the Iwamanzi nature reserve. We are extremely proud of our continuous cooperation and mutual commitment, able to share their passion and inexhaustible dedication to wildlife conservation – every single day. It is a must to visit them to really grasp what it takes to keep 18 rhinos in a nature reserve stretching as far as the eye can see. An unforgettable experience that should be on everyone’s bucket list.

It’s not that complicated “Save a Rhino? Buy a Zebra!”

Many people don’t know that rhinos and elephants don’t shed their tusks and horns once a year. People when buying rhino horn don’t realize the slaughter and animal suffering that come along with this. Unlike South African zebras, Rhinos could disappear forever in the very near future unless rhino poaching is stopped.

lequise-paper-bag-rhino-rear-bw-for-website-no-logoBy purchasing a plains Zebra or any other animal hide from the L’EQUISE collection you will be investing in Rhino conservation.

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All products we offer are CITES approved. Animals such as Zebras, Wildebeest, Springbok and other gazelles are classified “Least Concerned” (LC), the lowest possible classification by the IUCN. We on the other hand support Rhinos which are currently in the highest Threatened class “Critically Endangered” (CR).

The cure for Cancer at your finger tips Why are Rhinos critically endangered?

Exponentially increasing demand in combination with high return and low risk for the illegal poachers. Well described in article published in International Business Times on 9 April 2014. Driven by relentless demand from Asia, rhinoceros horn now fetches some $65,000 per kilogram, or nearly $30,000 per pound, on global black markets, making it worth more than the street price of cocaine (and gold!). Yet the penalties for trading in rhinoceros horn are barely a fraction of those confronted by convicted drug dealers – an equation that has dramatically accelerated the killing of the animals and pushed them closer to extinction.

paoching-stats-rhino-2015Trade in rhinoceros horn has effectively been banned across Africa and in most of the world since 1976 under the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), which has been ratified by most United Nations member states. But that hasn’t stopped demand from steadily increasing in recent decades. Over the past few years, the market has exploded to satisfy insatiable demand in parts of Asia, especially in Vietnam.

In parts of Asia, rhino horn is believed to boast medicinal properties that can alleviate ailments ranging from mere hangovers to cancer. The horns are made of keratin, a protein similar to what makes up hair and fingernails, without any scientifically proven benefits. Wealthy individuals have been buying whole rhino horns to indicate their status. And such people have been buying more and more.

Last year 1175 rhinos were killed in South Africa, according to official statistics from the South African Department of Environmental Affairs.

You can make a change by choosing the right brand, the right products.

Go directly to L’E shop or visit the IWAMANZI website to found out more about the “place of the falling waters”. Click on any of the images below to start your Iwamanzi experience…

 

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