Choosing which rhino organisation to support can be quite confusing. Here are some simple and practical ways in which you can contribute to the fight against rhino poaching.
1. Educate your children about rhino conservation
World Rhino Day is coming up on the 22nd of September. One of the most important gifts to give your children is the appreciation of our wildlife heritage. Spend some time talking to them about the importance of conservation or create an activity to emphasise this. They deserve to inherit the wildlife for which we are fighting.
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2. Make rhino-rise the new accessorise
By buying their rhino bands, keyrings, stickers and candles, you’ll be helping Stop Rhino Poaching fund their various initiatives. Be assured that any money donated to this passionate team, will go directly to their on-the-ground projects and anti-poaching efforts.
To find out more about what Elise Daffue and her team do, visit www.stoprhinopoaching.com
3. Give your dog horns
Your dog deserves a delicious meal every day and Cameron Pet Foods understands just how to put a wiggle in their step and a look of pure love on their faces! They also have a serious soft spot for rhinos and are donating R2 from every bag of pet food sold to Project Rhino KZN. They have already pledged half a million rand donation to this initiative.
Project Rhino KZN is a group that aims to coordinate efforts across all organisations involved in the fight against rhino poaching. For more information, visit www.projectrhinokzn.org
4. Drive a new car and satisfy your conscience
If you’re thinking of purchasing a new car, speak the guys at Unitrans motors. Their Unite against poaching initiative donates R500 for each Audi or Volkswagen vehicle sold by them.
The Unite For Rhinos campaign supports the SANParks Honorary Rangers. They will help supply the necessary equipment the rangers need to do their work. This varies from supplying backpacks and tents for rangers going on counter poaching patrols to rifle mounted night vision equipment for engagements.
For more information, visit www.uniteagainstpoaching.co.za
5. Carry your groceries in rhino style
Woolworths have just launched their second rhino bag highlighting that we’re losing one rhino every 20 hours (I think that figure is already down to every 18 hours). By buying the bag, you will be helping the Wildlife ACT Fund and WWF South Africa create new populations of critically endangered black rhino. R10 from the sale of each bag goes towards this initiative.
P.S. You also stand the chance to win a luxury safari to &Beyond’s Phinda Private Game Reserve
6. Need an excuse to jump? Do it for the rhinos
Is skydiving on your bucket list? If so, take part in this weekend’s ‘Skydiving for Rhinos’ event in Roberston in the Western Cape. Book urgently as there are only a couple of spots left!
If you’ve missed the chance to jump in Rustenburg, don’t stress, the Skydive For Rhinos team are keen to hold a second event on the 10th and 11th of November in Rustenburg, depending on the amount of interest. Visit their Facebook page for more info.
The money raised goes towards the African Conservation Trust. You can contact 033-342-2844 if you’d like to book for Saturday.