If poachers need tusks and horns, why do they kill the animals, can’t they shave the tusk/horn off?

Answer by Rory Young:

When Zimbabwe first began de-horning rhinos they found the poachers still shot them.

The reason for this is that If they left them alive then they might end up wasting their time tracking a hornless animal at a later date.

Poachers will shoot a rhino for a little bit of regrowth because the horn is so valuable. The only way for de-horning to work is for all the animals in a wildlife area to be de-horned and for the horns to be cut off again when they grow back.

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What is “Quorans for a Cause”?

Answer by Lisa Groeneweg:

Quorans For A Cause blog is a facilitator.

From Wikipedia.
"The facilitator's job is to support everyone to do their best thinking and practice. To do this, the facilitator encourages full participation, promotes mutual understanding and cultivates shared responsibility. By supporting everyone to do their best thinking, a facilitator enables group members to search for inclusive solutions and build sustainable agreements" – Kaner[3]

The Quorans For A Cause blog was formed in an effort to gain support for The Tashinga Initiative, but we hope to use the blog to facilitate for other causes once we have TTI flush with funding and team members are in place to continue supporting them financially and otherwise.
Over the past weeks people have been incredibly helpful. Almost everyone we approached has agreed to become part of the team. There have been many Quorans inspired to give donations and even more have offered their help.
Of course, QFAC's efforts for The Tashinga Initiative were met with such generous support because of the popularity and goodwill built by Rory Young.
We still need three team members to help with a one time TTI crowd funding project. Please message me on Quora if you could help with one of these positions.

  • Crowd funding campaign manager.  Should be someone who has been part of successful crowd funding campaigns with a strong understanding of how to market these campaigns online.
  • PR manager. Anyone who has worked on social or non profit campaigns online would be ideal, but strong PR experience irrespective of domain will be invaluable in making sure that we are as effective as possible in getting the word out.
  • Social media manager. Someone who has knowledge of platforms like Thunderclap that can give a big boost to the visibility of our crowd funding site. Organize and give us a timeline of what to do when. This person can also help us creatively determine specific messages to share.

 There has been a steep learning curve with this first effort.  Unfortunately for Rory Young, his cause was our first and he was forced to traverse that steep grade with us. Though he has been gracious throughout the process.
In the future we hope to follow guidelines established this first time through. If a worthy cause is brought to our attention and we decide to act, the following should occur:

  1. The cause will be defined. A limited number of posts on the blog will describe the cause.
  2. Quorans that feel a connection with the cause and want to work to create solutions will be identified and their skills defined.
  3. Efforts needed to further the goals of the cause will be defined.
  4. Volunteers will be assigned to teams based on their skills; teams will be given specific tasks to complete.
  5. Additional volunteers will be asked to oversee and guide the teams as needed

Once the teams are settled and comfortable we can move on to the next cause.
Periodically QFAC will post updates on past causes.
 Lean On Me,  Bill Withers

Quora is a beautiful place for a blog to dwell. A place where people come together to support each other.

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How does laughter unite people together?

Answer by Rory Young:

Your women are so ugly that even your goats refuse to be seen with them..

Believe it or not such comments are an ancient and crucial means of maintaining peacebetween certain tribes in Central Africa.

It is called joking kinship. Basically two tribes were at war and decided enough was enough. A truce was declared and the different chiefs/kings agreed to become "cousins" or allies.

Kinship is declared and from that day forward by both tribes.They will now strictly adhere to all rules for treating members of their own tribe when dealing with their new "kin", except for one important difference. They are permitted to and even expected and encouraged to make fun of each other at every opportunity.

African chiefs are wise enough to know that two different
cultures cannot live in perfect harmony and they therefore give their people a vent for all the little things that will cause annoyance and disgust.

Facebook has allowed Joking Kinship to reach new heights. One of the most popular pages in Zambia is Facebook where Lozis from Western Zambia and Tongas from Southern Zambia are able to let rip at each other in hilarious attacks – which can at times be shocking for outsiders.

Here are a couple of examples:


Saturday morning and Mrs Hamankwamu is already
dressed for her friend's Kitchen party in Banakaila.


Application for employment from a typical cheeky Barotse (Lozi).

Perhaps the rest of the world could learn a thing or two about keeping the peace between different ethnic groups from the tribes of Central Africa..

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