There’s a conflict of spice, and when that
happens, there’s conflict between elephants and humans and that’s part of the bigger picture
of what’s going on in Africa at the moment. Eventually, the elephant population will crash,
its numbers will come down, and it will allow spice for other animals to flourish. We may lose
many of the fights. But we have to win the war And we do that by fighting every battle
every step of the way everyday to preserve what we can. Now, I’m not saying to you that
any one solution that we employ is going to be a silver bullet. But what I can tell you
is that when we have made this great transition, and I don’t doubt that we will, every fraction
of biodiversity that we’ve been able to save along the way – every little scrap of it – is
going to be vitally important to us in the future. And the faith that I have in Africa
and the rise of Africa is not a faith based in the governments, it’s a faith based in
the people. The issue with rhino horn is that a huge part of South East Asia – it’s an integral
part of the traditional medicine and the tragic thing is, it’s kind of their Aspirin. They
take it for everything. You got a headache? Rhino horn. You got sinusitis? Rhino horn.
Rhino horn forms an integral part of almost all variants of Chinese traditional medicine.
So it’s kind of the basis of… it’s their cure-all, so you’ve got to take it with everything.
The challenge with us here is, you know, we’ve got an increasingly wealthy population. So
whereas before, this has been something that has really only been affordable to a very
very select few in China, there’s now more and more people that can afford this luxury.
And driving the price up and up and up… and it has been a possibility that you might
perhaps have heard of… the idea of cultivating rhinos and legalizing the sale of horn. But
the truth is, you can never, ever supply that market. Because even if you could drive down
the price, what that’s going to do it make it affordable to the next tier of the market.
So unless we’re talking about farming a couple million rhinos, you’re never ever going to
be able to supply the demands.