Why we should save the Rhinos
November 30, 2016
Elodie Sampere wrote -
There are only around 5,000 black rhinos left in the wild thanks to illegal poaching for their horn. At $60,000 a pound, rhino horn is now more valuable than gold and diamonds. Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya is the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa. Thanks to our rhino rangers and K-9 unit, our population has grown from 45 in 2005, to 115 in 2016. This is because we throw all we’ve got into keeping these guys safe and healthy, and this holiday season, we’re asking for your help.
In 2016, we have had 15 rhino births on the Conservancy, and we want to keep going. Not just because baby rhinos are adorable (we could watch them all day), but also because each baby is a small victory for African rhino conservation. But here’s the kicker. It costs us $10,000 a year to keep each of these babies safe; this includes everything from ranger salaries and equipment, to fence maintenance and emergency vet bills. We are up against heavily armed and well-funded crime syndicates, who will stop at nothing to get to these little ones and their mothers, and we need to stay one step ahead.
This #GivingTuesday help us keep these little guys from harm. Together, we can stand up against poaching. Together, we can make a difference to black rhino conservation.