Let me just ask you one question: Have you ever seen a photo of a baby rhino? Good. Picture that in your head right now.
Now what if I told you that by the time your work day is done, that rhino will be dead? And another one, seven hours after that?
In South Africa, that’s exactly what’s happening. One rhino is killed every seven hours. At this rate, experts predict they could go extinct in the wild within 20 years.
Sorry to be a debbie downer, but it’s true. The good news is that you can do something about it.
A group called Rhinos Without Borders (part of the Great Plains Foundation) is focused on saving rhinos by translocating them to Botswana, where they will be safe from the evil clutches of poachers. Travelers Building Change and Green Travel Media have partnered with them to rally the travel blogging community.
So, why rhinos? (Besides for how adorable the babies are…) Travelers Building Change founder Jeremy Scott Foster explains: “The rhino poaching situation in Africa is critical and, given the incredibly high cost of saving them, we wanted to focus our efforts on a difficult project that doesn’t get nearly as much attention as it should. With rhinos due to become extinct within the next 20 years, it seemed almost obvious that this was the organization we needed to support.”
With the #JustOneRhino campaign, our goal is to raise $45,000, with 100% of the proceeds funding rhino relocation. Which is where you come in.
How You Can Help
We’ve lined up over $30,000 in AMAZING prizes from a ton of kick-ass sponsors, including tours/hotel stays in 11 different countries on five different continents. (Yeah, I’m drooling, too.)
Just $20 gets you 10 entries in the raffle, and you can choose the top three prizes you want to win. The campaign runs through March 1, with the winners announced on March 3.
What You Could Win
10-day Galapagos Voyage for one; Value: $5,298; Full trip details here
South Africa Big Five Safari: Kruger & KwaZulu-Natal + Swag Bag for 2 people; Value: $5,000; Full trip details here
Cobblers Cove Hotel, Barbados
7 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; Value: $1,500 each
- 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
- eBag Luggage
- WeWOOD Watches
- Dinner/Brunch Cruises
- 2 nights in an Italian Villa
- 2 tours in India
- ExOfficio Gift Certificate
- 2 nights at the Renaissance Asheville
- Travel Blog Success lifetime membership
- African Elephant photo pack
- HDR timelapse video camera w/lens
- Blogger mentorship package from Green Global Travel
Incredible prizes, right? Well here’s the link to enter again. All you have to do is give $20. Feel good knowing that 100% of your donation will help to save rhinos — and you could also have a shot at winning one of the awesome prizes!
Even if you don’t have $20 to spare right now, would you do me a huge favor and share this post? The more people who know about this campaign, the more money we can raise.
Thanks for reading — here’s to saving #JustOneRhino!
If you’d like to learn more about the situation with rhinos and other African wildlife — including how it gravely affects Africa’s ecotourism industry — check out these resources:
Interview with NatGeo’s Dereck Joubert on Rhinos Without Borders (Green Global Travel)
Q&A: Can Airlifting Rhinos Out of South Africa Save the Species? (Nat Geo)
Time Is Running Out To Save the Rhinos (The Telegraph)
What Will Happen When the Rhinos Are Gone? (Conservation Magazine)
Thanks again! Please share to save #JustOneRhino!