It’s been bad news for the rhinos lately. Mozambique rhinos are now extinct, the last ones having been killed by poachers. The Western Black Rhino was declared extinct in 2011. There are only a handful of white rhinos left in the world, their population having been similarly devastated. In the past four years, rhinoceros poaching has increased 300% from its rate ten years before. If the global situation progresses at this rate, the rhinoceros will be extinct in less than twenty years — maybe as few as ten.
Those poachers are usually desperately poor African men who would do anything to feed their family, and the risk of being caught killing a rhino is outweighed by this basic need. The true source of the crisis is China, where there’s a myth regarding rhino horns and male virility. We can’t stop all those poachers, and we can’t convince all those Chinese men that rhino horns don’t do anything to improve their sex life. News like this can make people feel depressed and helpless — what can we do? Well, we can at least try to save one rhino at a time. #JustOneRhino does just that.
The #JustOneRhino campaign is being run and supported by a group of 120 travel bloggers in partnership with Rhinos Without Borders: Run by National Geographic Exporers-in-Residence Derek and Beverly Joubert, the plan is to relocate 100 rhinos from South Africa to Botswana. Botswana has the lowest poaching rate on the African subcontinent. It costs $45,000 to relocate one rhinoceros, so this #JustOneRhino campaign hopes to raise the funds to — you guessed it — save just one rhino. Hopefully, in meeting this goal, more awareness of their dire situation will be raised as to support Rhinos Without Borders and help save others. After all, it’s extremely expensive to relocate one rhino, let alone the 100 that the Jouberts would like to provide with a new, safer haven.
By making a donation, you will help save #JustOneRhino, but there’s something in this for you, too. The campaign has put together a raffle with donated trips and gear. In total, we are giving away over $30,000 in prizes! Thanks to our generous sponsors, you just might will a trip of a lifetime. Let’s take a look at these prizes.
Platinum Sponsors of #JustOneRhino:
International Expeditions http://www.ietravel.com/
- 10 day Galapagos Voyage for one. Value $5,298
Adventure Life www.adventure-life.com
- South Africa Big Five Safari: Kruger & KwaZulu-Natal + Swag Bag for 2 people. Value $5,000
Cobblers Cove Hotel, Barbados http://www.cobblerscove.com/
- 7 nights bed & breakfast in Garden View suite. Value $5,187
Yemaya Island Hideaway & Spa, Nicaragua www.littlecornhotel.com
- 10 nights’ stay & wellness package for 2 people at Yemaya Island Hideaway & Spa on Little Corn Island, Nicaragua. Value $5,241
Secret Retreats www.secret-retreats.com
- Vouchers for 2 people at Bali Jiwa Villain in Bali, Indonesia. Value $1,000
- Vouchers for 2 people at The Scent Hotel in Koh Samui, Thailand. Total Value $3,000 ($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
Other prizes include dinner and brunch cruises, hotel stays, luggage, and cameras.
Other prizes include dinner and brunch cruises, hotel stays, luggage, cameras, an ExOfficio gift certificate, and a blogger mentorship package. You can see the complete list of amazing #JustOneRhino prizes and enter here. http://travelersbuildingchange.org/prizes/
Entries are $20 for ten entries, $30 for entries entries, $50 for thirty entries, and $500 for 500 entries! All entrants will receive a zip file with twelve photographs of rhinos from the Jouberts, and you can enter the last day of February. Winners are announced on World Wildlife Day, March 3rd, 2015.
So, for twenty dollars — the shameful amount some of us spend at Starbucks for around four grande lattes plus scones every week — you can do more than have a chance at winning an amazing travel experience. You can also help save #JustOneRhino. Good luck!