BENEFITING: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy USA
In February 2016 a team from Singularity University & X (formerly known as Google X) traveled to Lewa Conservancy in Kenya to learn about wildlife conservation efforts. The team was shocked by the precarious plight of rhinoceros and impressed by the cutting edge programs of Lewa Conservancy.
Rhinos are being poached to near extinction. The rhino horn is made up of keratin—the same material as your hair or nails. Unfortunately people in Vietnam, China, and elsewhere have the misguided belief that rhino horn can cure a wide range of diseases and has aphrodisiac properties. People snort it as a status symbol. To get the horn, well-armed poachers have no qualms slaughtering groups of rhinos in the wild and using chainsaws to cut through the face of a rhino and remove the horn. The retail value of a horn can be $50,000.
Lewa Conservancy has a holistic program to protect rhinos that involves highly trained anti-poaching units, community education, livelihood support projects, and ecological research. To help fund their efforts, Lewa has program called ‘Name a Rhino’. With a gift of $15,000, we will:
- Support the ongoing efforts of Lewa Conservancy to save the rhinos from extinction.
- Have the privilege of naming a rhino.
- Receive regular photos and updates and be able to liaise with Lewa offices at any time on any questions you may have on the progress of your named rhino.
Singularity University and X are partnering to name a young calf "Moonshot" -- in honor of the heroic efforts it will take to save rhinos and other animals from extinction. We ask for your donation to this cause. SU's CEO Rob Nail is offering to match all donations! Your donation is tax deductible and can be made directly to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy via this website.
And if you ever get the chance, we highly recommend a trip to Kenya and Lewa Conservancy—you will now be welcomed in the wild by a healthy, happy, and majestic baby Moonshot.