You might remember at the end of last year I did a blog on rhino horn research to stop trafficking. The research was being done by a group of scientists at The Australian Museum in Sydney. They kindly invited me to see behind the scenes at The Australian Museum and meet with some of the Scientists at the museum. First I met Jodi Rowley a Amphibian Biologist who has discovered 15 types of new frog species including the Helen's Flying Frog and the Vampire Tree Frog which are endangered. Then I went to see the off display birds with Jaynia Sladek . There were so many. This is where I saw five different species of extinct birds. The Paradise Parrot, Passenger Pigeon, Great Auk ( there are very few in museums in the world), Huia and a bird from Lord Howe Island. But I also saw many other birds like Bird Of Paradises, Orange-Bellied Parrots, Golden Shouldered Parrots, Cock Of The Rock, Hyacinth Macaw, Night Parrot and many more. After that Kyle Ewart and Greta Frankham took me into the labs where they do their Rhino research and DNA testing. In between 1990 and 2007 only 14 Rhinos were killed a year in South Africa but in 2008 rumours spread that Rhino horn cures cancer so that is one of the main reasons that more and more rhinos are poached every year. Last year over 1200 Rhinos were poached in South Africa! Isn't that horrifying! Having Rhino Horn is just as good for curing cancer as chewing on your nails or hair. It was so awesome going behind the scenes at The Australian Museum and meeting the fantastic scientists that work there.
Check out my interview with Kyle below to find out how his research is helping Rhino conservation.
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