I remember the first time I saw a Rhino in the wild like it was yesterday (though it was actually more than 15 years ago).
I was on my first morning safari drive in South Africa’s Londolozi Private Game Reserve. The ground was charred black from a controlled burn, and the newly-grown grass was almost impossibly green. An adult female seemed to savor every bite, looking for all the world like an armored, overgrown cow. Minutes later, we oohed and ahhed as her tiny baby came into view from behind a bush. I have goosebumps now, just thinking about it.
My experience at Londolozi changed my life, influencing everything I do today. Once you’ve seen them in the wild and read reports on how they’re being slaughtered on a daily basis, you can’t help wanting to save rhinos, elephants and other endangered wildlife.
The Rhinos Without Borders project is spearheaded by National Geographic Explorers In Residence, acclaimed wildlife photographers/filmmakers, and wildlife conservation advocates Dereck and Beverly Joubert.
The Jouberts are working to save Rhinos, translocating 100 of them from South Africa to Botswana in 2015 to protect them from the tragic rise in poaching. It’s an extremely expensive project, with costs estimated to range around the $5 million mark.
Read on for details about why you should donate to this exceptional charitable cause, and then visit the Rhinos Without Borders donation page to make your secure donation…
1) Because Poaching Stats in South Africa Are Tragic
According to the South Africa Department of Environmental Affairs, rhino poaching stats have risen by more than 300% in the last four years, from 333 in 2010 to more than 1020 animals in 2014. Botswana has some of the lowest poaching rates in Africa, and the country is forming a “Tusk Force” team hand-picked from the Botswana Defense Force and Wildlife Department to be anti-poaching specialists. Part of your donation will provide training and equipment for that team.
2) Because the Jouberts Have a Proven Record of Conservation Success
3) Because Rhinos Could Go Extinct Within Our Lifetime
4) Because You Can Help Stop Terrorism and Support Ecotourism
Please help us raise even more money for Rhinos Without Borders by sharing word about the fundraiser with your friends on social media using the #JustOneRhino hashtag!
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