The feature length documentary ‘Disunity’ examines the disagreements and conflict within the conservation movement, in particular the stakeholders involved in protecting the rhinoceros in their range states across the world. 

It has been nearly 40 years since the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) placed a ban on the international sale of rhino horn, and since then, 95% of the world’s rhinohave been lost with all but one species considered critically endangered. On top of this, the Western black rhino was declared extinct by the IUCN in 2011 and there are only 3 left of the Northern white rhino.

With the April 2016 announcement that the South African government will not be putting forward a proposal to CITES to vote on legalising the rhino horn trade, these stakeholders now find themselves in a position where they either unite or face inevitable extinction of one of the world’s most iconic animals. 

Filmed for a year in just under 20 countries, ‘Disunity’ will be offering its viewers an inside look into the complexity of life for people who live with and face the daily struggle of protecting the rhino. The documentary will also be examining the role poverty plays in the rural communities from which the majority of poachers originate.

Often deemed as ‘evil’ and ‘the enemy,’ black Africans have become the go to stereotype of anti-poaching campaigns to ‘save the rhino.’ However as history tells us, situations like this are never quite as black and white as some people would like you to believe.


“You can't save the rhinos and you can't preserve a culture. I'm very pessimistic. Once it's gone, it's over..”

Paul theroux| quote



Petronel Nieuwoudt, the founder of Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary NPC, is one of the few people worldwide who has specialised in the care of orphaned and injured rhinos, and her passion is truly inspiring.

Their mission is to save black and white rhinos from extinction. They are are committed to rescuing abandoned, injured, and orphaned rhinos and to rehabilitate them back into their natural environment. Care for Wild enlists the help of veterinarians, nutritionists, ecologists, and other specialists, to ensure the successful rehabilitation and release of these incredible animals.

Over the years, Care for Wild Rhino Sanctuary has grown to be the largest rhino orphanage in the world. This has been made possible through hard work, trust, dedication, and great partnerships.



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