Rhino Revolution UK
by Rebecca Dickinson
Rhino Revolution is a non-profit organisation set up in different locations around the world, and has recently launched in the UK. It has been set up by the concerned citizens of Hoedspruit to help reduce the escalating poaching crisis. Hoedspruit is a small town just 30 minutes from Kruger National Park, South Africa.
I met the International Development Manager of the organisation, Patsy, who told me what they do, the facts about the crisis and how you can help. Patsy explained that in Hoedspruit, they have an orphanage and rehabilitation facility on the conservancy where a team of vet nurses feed, vaccinate and watch over the rhinos. There is also a 24 hour security team which ensures the safety of these animals.
The organisation follows a three step plan towards tackling the ongoing crisis:
Implementing tough and innovative anti-poaching measures today;
Rescuing and rehabilitating orphaned calves for future release;
Educating and inspiring the young people of the impoverished, local communities – the conservationists of tomorrow.
Did you know?
- 3 – 4 rhinos are poached per day in South Africa alone
- South Africa is estimated to be the home to 78% of the world’s remaining rhinos
- Kruger National Park has the majority of rhinos living in South Africa
- Rhino horn is shipped all across the world – including the UK, America, China and Geneva.
- These rhinos will be extinct in the next 4-5 years if nothing changes
Rhino Revolution’s education is starting to take effect, especially in the younger generations. However, people are still using rhino horn as a lucrative commodity – and have even started making rhino horn wedding rings and jewellery.
How you can help?