22 September 2

World Rhino Day – How you can help save the rhino from extinction!

The 22nd of September is World Rhino Day and this is how you can lend a helping hand; saving them from future extinction.

South Africa (21 September 2020) – September 22 marks World Rhino Day, and there’s no better time to commit to doing our part to help save the rhino from threatened extinction. With South Africa’s wildlife – and its rhino population in particular – already under extreme pressure thanks to issues including poaching and contraction of their natural habitat, it’s up to every one of us to do whatever we can to ensure these magnificent creatures don’t become something that future generations experience only in books and photographs. Here are four ways in which we can all make a real difference:

Wear a visible symbol of support

Buy Relate bracelets for yourself and for all your friends to wear. Inspired by the colours of the rhino and its surrounding natural habitat, proceeds from this bracelet supports the work of the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Rhino Project, while also creating earning opportunities for some of South Africa’s most vulnerable citizens. Bracelets are on sale for as little as R35 each on the Relate bracelets website.

Spend a day with these imposing animals

A great way to celebrate the lives of these wonderful creatures is by spending the day with them. The Kruger National Park is one of the largest nature reserves on the African continent and is known for being a prime spot to spot rhinos in their natural habitat. For those who want to get up a little more close and personal, why not book some time off at Shishangeni by BON Hotels? Here you and the family can enjoy morning and late afternoon game drives through the Kruger Park, led by an expert tour guide who knows all the secret wildlife viewing spots. By encouraging people to spend more time with the rhino in the wild, you’ll be helping raise awareness around the critical efforts to conserve this endangered species.

A little support goes a long way

You can also make a real difference from the safety of your home by joining MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet and selecting the MyPlanet Rhino Fund as your cause to support. Every time you use your card when you shop at participating retailers, a donation will be made on your behalf to save the rhino – at no cost to you! The MyPlanet Rhino Fund was created to boost rhino conservation across South Africa so you can trust that you’re raising funds for worthy and best-practice conservation initiatives. Not a MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet supporter yet? Sign up for free at myschool.co.za or download the App. Partners include Woolworths, Loot.co.za, Bidvest Waltons, Builders and more.

Educate yourself – and everyone you know

Learn everything there is to know about the rhino. It is imperative that we continue to spread factual information about how poaching is decimating the rhino population, and why conservation efforts are so important. Only once we have all the facts at our fingertips can we encourage our friends, families and communities to take the problem as seriously as it warrants. That way, we’ll also be up to speed about all the ways in which we can help make a difference. Together we can protect our wildlife.

This article was first published by Good Things Guy on the 21 September 2020. 

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