Sadly Rhinoceroses are currently in an epic decline because of the horrible industry that is animal poaching and they need your help right now more than ever. With less than 21,000 white rhinos remaining in the wild and 1,020 poached and killed in South Africa last year alone, its quite possible that this majestic animal could be extinct within in the next 5 years.
Of the six types of wild rhino’s left in the world there are only roughly 28,200 left. At the beginning of the 20th century there were estimated to be over 500,000…
I personally have always kind of liked rhinos, it might link back to Rocksteady from my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle watching days, I’m not sure. However until I actually saw one in the wild I always assumed they were a mean, angry, and scary animal. This opinion quickly changed after I first saw a crash of rhinos in the wild in Greater Kruger National Park. They were wary of us when we first approached them, but they allowed us to watch them eat and slowly disappear into the thick bush and trees of the park. They didn’t charge at us, they didn’t roar (actually I’m not sure what noise they make aside from the odd grunt), they just meandered about chewing on grass and they seemed so incredibly light on their feet for being so heavy.
The younger rhinos were absolutely the cutest and it was easy to fall in love with these African unicorns. While there on my first game drive I met a ranger who has now become a great friend who was intensely passionate about the rhinos. So much so that she has even started her own not-for-profit known as Our Horn Is Not Medicine, in hopes to help to raise funds for the SANparks rangers and their anti-poaching unit as well as a couple other rhino saving organizations like Rhinos Without Borders.
Black Rhino butt selfie in Zimbabwe
Her love of the rhinos inspired me even more and I’ve now since returned on a second trip to Southern Africa (SA, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia) and have had even more amazing rhino interactions. Now I want to help make a difference and help save the rhinos. I have partnered with over 120 other travel bloggers from around the world to take part in the #JustOneRhino campaign where along with Rhinos Without Borders we hope to raise enough funds to get at least one rhino moved from South Africa to Botswana to a safer location to live out its life away from the dangers of poachers.
By donating a minimum of $20 not only can you help us achieve our goal but you will also be entered to win some pretty awesome prizes ($30,000+ worth) from some amazing sponsors who have stepped in to help us make our goal a reality.
Here are some of the prizes up for grabs:
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