Over 1,000 rhinos were killed in South Africa last year.
Today, we want to raise awareness for an important cause – saving Rhinos from extinction.
Working together with 125 of the world’s top travel bloggers, our friends Bret and Mary at Green Global Travel have partnered with Travelers Building Change to help raise $45,000 for Rhinos Without Borders. That’s what is costs to move #JustOneRhino from South Africa to safer conditions in Botswana.
Here are a few powerful facts you should know:
- Poaching of rhinos for their horn has reached catastrophic levels.
- 1,004 rhinos were killed in South Africa last year. (source)
- So far, in 2014, the number has climbed to 618, with the toll in Kruger National Park at 400.
- 1 rhino is killed every 9 hours.
Rhinos Without Borders
The Rhinos Without Borders initiative is spearheaded by Dereck and Beverly Joubert, National Geographic Explorers-In-Residence and the wildlife conservation advocates behind the Great Plains Foundation. In 2009 the Jouberts, with the help of the National Geographic Society, formed the Big Cats Initiative to halt the decline of lions, leopards, cheetahs, tigers, and other animals.
Beginning in January 2015, the Jouberts are working to save Rhinos by translocating 100 of them from South Africa to Botswana. It’s an extremely expensive project, with costs estimated to reach over $5 million. So they need your help.
“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”, says Foster. “With rhinos due to become extinct within the next 20 years, it seemed almost obvious that this was the organization we needed to support.”
You CAN make a difference!
We know there are a lot of great non-profits and charities creating positive change around the world, and that they’re all hoping you donate to their cause. So how do you choose which initiatives to support?
Fortunately, Travelers Building Change and Green Global Travel have partnered with over 20 eco-conscious travel sponsors to provide some additional incentive for you to consider contributing to #JustOneRhino. There’s over $30,000 worth of prizes available for those that donate!
The prices YOU can win are AWESOME!
South Africa Big Five Safari Tour for two with Adventure Life
Valued at $6000 (including flights within Africa), this tour focuses on witnessing the Big Five, which includes the African lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and white/black rhinoceros.
This 9-day tour highlights Johannesburg, Durban, one of Africa’s oldest reserves in KwaZulu-Natal, the beaches of the Dolphin Coast, and culminates with a stay at Rhino Post Safari Lodge in Kruger National Park.
10 Nights at Yemaya Island Hideaway & Spa (Little Corn Island)
Valued at $5,241, this package includes 10 nights for two people in one of Yemaya’s 16 cabanas, which feature a stunning ocean view, private terrace, rainforest showers stocked with local, organic bath products, and as much relaxation as anyone could ask for.
Also included is a $700.00 food and beverage credit and a $500.00 credit to be used in their award-winning, on-site spa. More info here.
10-day Galapagos Voyage for One from International Expeditions
This trip of a lifetime is valued at $5,298. The trip includes a cabin for 7 nights aboard the M/V Evolution and everything else you’ll need, including hotel accommodations before and after the voyage, daily shore excursions, snorkeling, hiking, Zodiac rides, 23 meals & snacks, arrival & departure transfers, and tips to porters & waiters for meals.
7 Nights at the Cobblers Cove Hotel (Barbados)
Valued at $5,187, this package includes 7 nights bed and breakfast in a Garden View Suite at Cobblers Cove, located on the west coast of Barbados in the Caribbean.
The beachside hotel has 40 suites, each individually decorated with a mixture of English elegance and Caribbean character and open to the ocean and tropical garden surroundings. Serving the finest food on the island, The Camelot Restaurant is a destination in itself.
One of 5 Getaways for Two in Asia from Secret Retreats
With a total value of $5,800, Secret Retreats has generously donated vouchers for 2 people at Bali Jiwa Villa in Bali, Indonesia, two sets of vouchers for 2 people at The Scent Hotel in Koh Samui, Thailand, vouchers for 2 people at the 4 Rivers Floating Lodge in Koh Kong, Cambodia, and vouchers for 2 people at Flower Island in Palawan, Philippines.
There are many other prizes on offer when you make a donation.
Below are some links for more information about the #JustOneRhino initiative.
- Rhinos Without Borders Executive Summary
- National Geographic Story on RWB
- Interview With Rhinos Without Borders Founder Dereck Joubert
- Telegraph UK Story: Time Is Running Out To Save the Rhinos
- Conservation Magazine Story: What Will Happen When the Rhinos Are Gone?
If you’ve thought about making a charitable donation this holiday season, this might be the perfect cause to support. Donate here. Together, we CAN make a difference and we CAN make the world a better place.
If making a financial contribution is not possible for you, please help build awareness around this campaign by sharing this post on your social media platforms by using the hashtag #JustOneRhino and #RTTC.
Thanks for your support!
Cam and Nicole