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Dehorning a Rhino in the Wild: A closer look at what it takes to save a species

Conservationists are finding that the practice of dehorning rhino is becoming increasingly necessary to protect the species from poaching.
Though rhino horn is made of keratin, there is a lucrative market for it, driven by demand from Asia where it is mistakenly thought to have medicinal properties.
It is with great care, research and understanding, that the teams involved carry out this intervention as a pre-emptive measure to save the species.
While it is heartbreaking to see a rhino without its most distinctive feature, it has become an increasingly necessary tool in the multi-faceted approach that conservationists are taking to fight poaching.

  • James Suter
  • Oli Caldow
  • Sam Suter
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Web / New Media
  • Genres:
    conservation, documentary, wildlife
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 57 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 9, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    South Africa
  • Country of Filming:
    South Africa
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Director Biography - James Suter, Oli Caldow, Sam Suter

James Suter’s career has been founded on a passion for conservation and wildlife. After working for many years as a Field Guide across Africa, he has developed his skills as a Photographer and Filmmaker.

Oli Caldow has developed a distinctive visual style, with 10 years of experience in the film industry. His use of compelling imagery communicates subtle underlying themes with sensitivity and creative excellence.

Sam Suter studied Marketing and comes from a background of Human Resources, Community Development and Production. She is involved in every aspect of the business, with a focus on the creative and managerial aspects of the making of each film.

Black Bean Productions was founded by James Suter and Oli Caldow, and with Producer Sam Suter they work as a cohesive unit with equal creative input and a hands-on approach in all aspects of the production process.

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