Nana Meriwether, Miss USA 2012 and Lynne De Jager Mrs South Africa 2012 attended the launch of The Rhino Revolution/ Blue Canyon Conservancy Black Rhino Breeding Project. Nana and Lynne want to bring international awareness to the plight of Rhino in South Africa. Nana Meriwether was born at Tinswalo hospital in Acornhoek. Her father and mother were working a Tinswalo, doing charitable work. Lynne De Jager has commited to take the Rhino Revolution message to the Mrs World 2013 Pageant in China. From the 2000 to 2007 there were 140 rhino’s poached throughout South Africa, that’s average of 20 a year. In 2008 is shot up to 83 in one year, 2009 saw another increase to 122. Similarly 2010 – 333, 2011 – 448, 2012 – 448 and 2013 we are already sitting with over 350, more than the total of 2010. This year we are averaging 2-2.5 Rhino’s lost a day. While these stats are shocking to see we are still in a positive growth pattern for the total Rhino population. We are close to the tipping point though and soon we will be losing more Rhino that are being born every year. In 1960 there were around 500 Rhino’s and over the last 50 years we have grown that population to over 20 000, similarly with Black Rhino, there were only 65 left and their numbers have grown to over 5000. “The war that private Rhino owners are fighting isn’t one where we can go out and combat a visible enemy, all that they can do is fight defensively. Protect the Rhino’s inside higher fences with more guards.” Stated Patrick Jordan , a founder of Rhino Revolution. “Miss USA and Mrs SA have come out this weekend to put their voices behind the Rhino of Africa, to assist in raising awareness and funding to assist with the protection and ultimately the defence of an iconic species the world over.’ Said Patrick Jordan “We don’t hear much about the plight of Rhino back in the United States and I didn’t know how threatened they are until now” Said Nana Meriwether , Miss USA 2012. During their . . .