How many travel memories are so permanently etched in your mind that you are certain they will never fade? For those of us who have been fortunate enough to travel extensively, the mental images can be very dramatic. The first time I saw rhinos grazing freely in Kenya was one of those special moments. I want to ensure that future travelers have the opportunity to share this experience and that is why I’m supporting Rhinos Without Borders through the #JustOneRhino initiative launched by Travelers Building Change, Green Travel Media and The Great Plains Foundation. By backing this campaign, you’ll be promoting conservation and fighting poaching. If poaching continues at its current rate, rhinos may be extinct in the wild within 20 years.
The Rhinos Without Borders project is working hard to support these incredible creatures. RWB seeks to move at least 100 rhinos out of densely populated areas, which attract poaching. These rhinos will be released into the wild in Botswana, where the animals will be much safer. RWB also aims to increase awareness of the value of private conservation and its successes. These are crucial messages which travelers and wildlife lovers have the ability to endorse and promote, so I urge you to join me in doing so.
In South Africa’s Kruger National Park, rhino poaching deaths have risen from 146 in 2010 to 674 in 2014 (through November 23rd, 2014). That is an astounding increase of over 400% in four years. Most of these rhinos are killed for their horns, which are sold on the black market. The poachers have stronger financial backing and more advanced technology than ever, so it will take a concentrated effort to save the rhinos.
How can you help?
The campaign is seeking donations and donors will have the opportunity to win some pretty fantastic prizes thanks to over 20 generous corporate sponsors. If you donate, you’ll receive a commensurate number of entries for a raffle with a random drawing on March 3rd, which is World Wildlife Day. Here are some of the prizes in store:
10-day Galapagos Voyage for one. Value $5,298
South Africa Big Five Safari: Kruger & KwaZulu-Natal + Swag Bag for 2 people. Value $5000
Cobblers Cover Hotel, Barbados
Seven nights bed and breakfast in a Garden View suite. Value $5,187
Yemaya Island Hideaway & Spa, Nicaragua
10 nights’ stay & wellness package for two people at Yemaya Island Hideaway and Spa on Little Corn Island, Nicaragua. Value $5,241
• Vouchers for 2 people at Bali Jiwa Villain in Bali, Indonesia. Value $1,000
• (2) Vouchers for 2 people at The Scent Hotel in Koh Samui, Thailand. Total Value $3000 ($1,500 for each 2-person package)
• Vouchers for 2 people at 4 Rivers Floating Lodge, Koh Kong, Cambodia. Value $900
• Vouchers for 2 people at Flower Island, Palawan, Philippines Value $900
In addition to the above prizes, donors are also eligible to win:
• eBag Luggage
• WeWOOD Watches
• Dinner/Brunch Cruises
• 2 nights in an Italian Villa
• 2 Tours in India
• ExOfficio Gift Certificate
• 2 nights Renaissance Asheville
• Travel Blog Success Lifetime Membership
• African Elephant Photo Pack
• HDR Timelapse Video Camera w/Lens
• Blogger Mentorship Package from Green Global Travel
I have already donated through Travelers Building Change and hope you will do so, too. Be sure to tag your social media posts with #JustOneRhino and #RTTC when you’re spreading the word about this important and admirable effort. The possibility of rhino extinction is a harrowing sensation and we must do everything possible to fight that version of the future.
A heartfelt thanks goes out to the sponsors.